Weekly nature-play program for children ages 6 through 10


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.  

Fall Session Schedule and Fee

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the following Fridays:

September 25 and October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$270 for the 6-week session 

Please contact us about scholarships.  We are not unaware of the financial burdens that many of you bear at this challenging time and are sympathetic.  We will work with you to relieve those pressures whenever and however possible, and will not to turn any families away for financial reasons. 


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

--> Opening Circle

--> Hike to an "adventure spot" (varies depending on the children's preferences and location of flora and fauna of interest at that point in time)

--> Open-ended play and exploration, with spontaneous learning opportunities in nature with outdoor educator Jason Gutu

--> Closing Circle

12 p.m.: Pick-up near Peter's Hill Gate 

How to Apply

Please click here for the registration form. 

Email the completed registration form to

The program fee is due on September 24th (first day of the program).

Questions?  Please reach out!  Call Sarah Besse at 917 692 6946 or submit the contact form here.

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.