Boston Outdoor Preschool Network
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WHAT PARENTS SAY
My son is so excited to share what he learned when I pick him up each day. He's more inquisitive, independent, and fearless than he was before. Since attending preschool at BOPN, he seeks "activities" rather than asking for screen time.
BOPN is such a magical place, and to be honest, I think not even a European forest kindergarten can compare (even though the concept started there). Thanks so much, because in the end it's the teachers that make it all happen!
The nature interaction and the encouragement of emotional and social development is exceptional. I love the daily feedback via the Storypark app, and the teachers are of the highest caliber. I would recommend BOPN without reservation!
All three of our kids have attended BOPN and it has been such a positive experience for our family. We have loved picking kids up in very muddy rain suits or with red rosy cheeks from the snow. Our kids have grown their endurance and explored what they can and cannot do with their bodies. We are so grateful.
We offer half day summer programming at both our Wellesley and JP/Roslindale locations. *NEW* full day summer at Wellesley.
School Year 2022-2023
We offer a variety of programming at our JP/Roslindale, Wellesley, and Malden/Melrose locations. Find out more about our program offerings and how to apply.
Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN) is a small 501(c)(3) organization (founded in 2019 by Master's-level educators Sarah Besse, Shela Sinelien, and Sara Murray). Our mission is to provide programs that meet the developmental needs of the whole child while initiating them into a lifelong relationship with the natural world. (Click here to read our story.)
What started as one half day preschool class in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts is quickly growing into a network of school year programs (ages 15 months - 6 years) and summer programs (ages 15 months - 8 years). We now offer half day forest preschool (entirely outdoors), full day nature school (mostly outdoors with an indoor classroom), and a variety of summer programs. Our sites are located in Jamaica Plain/Roslindale, Wellesley/Dover, and Malden/Melrose.
We are focused on excellence, equity, and innovation in all that we do. In addition to private preschool, we seek to develop programming designed to reach children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in outdoor early education.
The best way to learn more about us is to come see our classes in action! We offer tours regularly and encourage you to visit us soon!