Half Day Preschool

Entirely outdoors, ages 2.9 through 6


Drop-off and pick-up outdoors near Peter's Hill Gate. 

If driving, park on Bussey Street.

Click here for a map of the arboretum.

The children are active participants in selecting which places within the Arboretum we visit each day and how we explore them.

Hours and Schedule

9 am – 12 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Children may attend 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. 

We loosely/approximately follow the Boston Public Schools schedule, and may offer optional February Break Week and April Break Week programs at an additional cost based on demand and teacher availability.

Daily Rhythm

9 a.m.: Drop-off near Peter's Hill Gate

--> Morning Circle

  • Greetings, song, seasonal events, and safety rules

--> Hike to an "adventure spot" (varies each day)

--> Emergent curriculum in nature

  • Play, guided exploration, nature walks, projects, etc.

12 p.m.: Hike back to Peter's Hill Gate for pick-up


We are enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year.  We also have openings on a rolling basis as space allows!  Tuition is prorated based on your child's enrollment date.

Annual tuition for 5 mornings per week: $7750 (10 monthly payments of $750)

Annual tuition for 4 mornings per week: $6800 (10 monthly payments of $680)

Annual tuition for 3 mornings per week: $6000 (10 monthly payments of $600)

Annual tuition for 2 mornings per week: $5600 (10 monthly payments of $560)

An enrollment fee of $100 is required to reserve your spot.

How to Apply

Please start the conversation by submitting the contact form here or call Sara Murray at 617 435 7981.

  • The teachers will invite you and your child for a visit to see our program in action.  An enrollment packet will be available at this time.

  • Registration is complete and your child's spot is secured once we have received a completed enrollment packet and the non-refundable enrollment fee of $100.

To be eligible for our program, your child must be at least 2 years and 9 months of age by his/her start date.

Scholarships are available.  Please contact us for details.

We look forward to meeting you and your child!   

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.