Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Tall yellow flowers in a green garden with a red barn in the background.
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln

Drumlin Farm Community Preschool

What could be more magical than a preschool where each child's innate connection to nature is celebrated? At Drumlin Farm Community Preschool in Lincoln, Massachusetts, children learn through hands-on experiences in nature that address the developmental needs of children ages 3-5.  

Preschoolers will explore exciting habitats bursting with life, including farm fields, forest trails, and the barnyard loop at the 291-acre wildlife sanctuary. Give your child a fun, unique, and adventurous learning experience that will last a lifetime. 

Join today! Enrollment is now open for the 2024-2025 school year

Nature Preschool Activities 

Our nature preschool program provides ample opportunities for indoor and outdoor play—both structured and unstructured—to develop cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth in each child.  

A sense of self and community is created through cooperative experiences and shared discoveries. Through outdoor adventures, art and cooking activities, books, music, and movement, children learn emergent math, science, and literacy skills as they investigate stimulating natural history topics. 

Explore & Play Outdoors 

Investigating the forests, wetlands, and fields of Drumlin Farm forms emotional connections to the land, promotes physical development, and fosters a sense of discovery. 

Children play, use their imagination, and interact with one another while also exploring the changing landscape and various habitats around the sanctuary. 

Discover Life on the Farm 

Children are involved in the life cycle of growing food on the farm—from planting to harvesting and tasting. Along with these hands-on experiences, they are also learning about farming, soil, water, and plants. Children develop healthy relationships with food and expand their pallets as they try tasty fruits and vegetables grown on site.  

Make Meaningful Connections with Animals 

Our unique approach provides a variety of authentic opportunities for children to share meaningful connections with animals, including farm animal care, wildlife observations in nature, and regular visits with an animal ambassador through Mass Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center. 

In addition, preschoolers will learn long-term care for resident animals, like Alice the Rabbit, who is a year-round addition to our indoor classroom, as well as the hens that live in the school play-yard classroom.  

Photos from Nature Preschool

  • Four preschoolers in the woods
    © Emily Haranas
  • Drumlin Farm preschoolers reading a book
    © Emily Haranas
  • A young child standing in a farm field proudly holds up a plant and smiles
  • A brown baby goat stand in front of a white baby goat in green grass.
    Drumlin Farm, Lincoln
  • Drumlin Farm preschoolers at tables
    © Emily Haranas
  • Preschooler blowing on a dandelion puff in spring at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Quality Teachers & Small Class Sizes

Each class is taught by highly qualified early childhood educators who are licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care.  

Class size averages 10-12 students with two teachers, giving a teacher-to-child ratio of 1:6. Two separate classrooms of students are operating out of the sanctuary each day. 

Part Time Preschool Schedule 

Our 2-day (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and 3-day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) part time preschool programs provide the ideal schedule to ease your little ones into the full-time school experience. Currently, we are not offering a 5-day preschool options.  

3-Day Preschool Program 
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 am-4:00 pm 
Fridays, 9:00 am-1:00 pm 

2-Day Preschool Program 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 am-4:00 pm 

The preschool year runs September-June; specific start dates, end date, holidays, and vacation week schedules are provided in our Family Handbook, which is made available the summer before school starts. 

Community Preschool Age Requirements 

Drumlin Farm’s Community Preschool is open to children ages 3-5 years old. Children must be 3 years old by September 1 of the school year they are enrolling for.  

 

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024-2025 Preschool Year 

Mass Audubon members enjoy benefits like free admission to wildlife sanctuaries, discounts on programs and shop items, and access to community programs like Drumlin Farm Community Preschool. All families who have children enrolled are required to have a current Mass Audubon family membership level (or higher) by the start of the school year in September.  

3-Day Program ($15,617/year)
Monday, Wednesday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm 
Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm 

2-Day Program ($12,042/year)
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm 

Tour Drumlin Farm & Meet Preschool Teachers 

We are excited to offer a selection of in-person tours from March to May. Due to the uniqueness of our nature program, we encourage all interested families to attend an Open House or in-person tour. Upcoming tour times include:   

  • Thursday, April 25, 11:00 am-12:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, May 14, 11:30 am-12:30 pm 

Please fill out our tour inquiry form to schedule your visit

Apply to Drumlin Farm’s Community Preschool Today 

Enrollment is ongoing and based on available space. Priority is given to currently enrolled returning children and their younger siblings. Then, to our alum families. Additionally, as we continue toward our goal of making our programs accessible to all, some programs may employ additional prioritization tools or status for underserved communities. All returning or alumni families must apply or re-apply for each child enrolling.  

All families who have children enrolled are required to have a current Mass Audubon family membership level (or higher) by the start of the school year in September.  

Apply Today

Financial Assistance is Available 

Financial assistance is available through our scholarship fund and is based on economic need and available funds. Financial assistance applications are accepted and awarded on an ongoing, rolling basis based on need and available funds. 

Drumlin Farm Preschool Financial Assistance Application 2024-2025 

Contact Us 

If you would like to learn more about the Drumlin Farm Community Preschool you can email or call 781-259-2224.