Full Day Toddler and Preschool

at

Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mostly outdoors, ages 15 months through 6 years

Location

Drop-off is outdoors at Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MassHort).  The address is 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA.

We spend our days in the forest and gardens.  The children are active participants in selecting which places we visit and how we explore them.  Click here for a video of the extraordinary gardens at MassHort.

Our classroom space is located in MassHort's Education Building, right down the hall from the library.  The large classroom space is bright and airy, with 16 windows.

Class Structure

We can accept up to 9 toddlers (ages 15 months through 2 years and 9 months) and up to 10 preschool children (ages 2.9 years through 6 years) in our full-day program.  Each class has two teachers (4.5:1 ratio for toddlers and 5:1 ratio for preschoolers).

Hours and Schedule

​Our hours are 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

You may choose to pick your child up at 3:00 p.m. 

Our school year calendar is similar to public schools.  We will offer a separate summer session in 2022.

Daily Rhythm

  • Drop-off outdoors at 8:30 a.m.

  • Morning Circle (greetings, song, game, counting)

  • Hike to an “adventure spot”

  • Snack

  • Play and learn in nature (play, guided exploration, science, art, etc.)

  • Clean-up and gratitude circle

  • Hike back to the Education Building

  • Lunch (indoors or outdoors depending on the weather)

  • Nap

  • Head back outdoors.  Hike, play, and investigate.  Child-directed projects.

  • Pick-up at 4 p.m.

Tuition for School Year 2021-22

Program hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The total tuition for school year 2021-22 is $20,000, payable in monthly installments of $2,000.  A $4,000 deposit is applied to May and June 2022.

 

If you pick your child up early, at 3:00 p.m., the tuition is reduced by $200/month, which comes out to $1,800/month.  

Families are required to purchase a MassHort membership at the individual level ($55) or above before your child's first day.

Please reach out if you need a scholarship!

How to Apply

New families--please complete our brief interest form here.  We will follow up with you by phone or email.  (Please do not submit this form if your child is currently enrolled).

To be eligible for school year 2021-22 your child must be at least 2 years and 9 months of age by the first day of school.  (We can accept children who turn 2.9 during the school year if there is an opening available at that time).

 

Vaccinations are required and religious exemptions are not accepted.

 

Registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open.

Please feel free to reach out to Admissions@bopn.org with any questions.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note that while BOPN has a friendly relationship with the Arboretum and MassHort, all are separate organizations and the Arboretum or MassHort are not involved with organizing or operating BOPN's programs.

Nondiscrimination statement:

Boston Outdoor Preschool Network admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at BOPN and does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.