Arboretum Toddler Connections

An outdoor school introduction for our community's littlest explorers!

Toddler Connections (TC) is an eight-week group for toddlers ages 18 months to 2.9, led by seasoned teaching staff, including BOPN co-Founder Sara Murray. Children are accompanied by parents or other caregivers. Families connect with nature and one another and learn about nature-based early childhood education. We engage children through song, reading nature-based stories, and free play.

Your child will benefit from regular socialization with a group of peers in the comforting presence of their parent or caregiver. Parents appreciate spending time with an experienced educator, who serves as a resource regarding preschool, parenting, and more!

The TC format mimics that of our half-day preschool. The general schedule is:

10:00-10:15: Gather
10:15-10:30: Circle Time
10:30-11:00: Child led play, using open-ended materials to facilitate exploration
11:00-11:20: Snack & family discussion
11:20 - 11:30: Closing Circle

Siblings are welcome. To cover the cost of materials, there is a $50 add on fee for regularly attending siblings over the age of 15 months. 

Fall 2022 Schedule (two sections)

JP/Roslindale: Tuesdays, 9/20/22/ - 11/8/22

JP/Roslindale: Wednesdays, 9/21/22-11/9/22

Location: Arnold Arboretum

Tuition: $250 for new families; $200 for families currently or formerly enrolled in half day or full day preschool or toddler.

Each session, TC Families should bring:
An extra change of clothes for their child
A small snack
Water for you and your child 
Rain pants and rain boots if it has rained within the past couple days or there is rain in the forecast

Please be aware that because we will be in a natural habitat, there is a risk of exposure to ticks and poison ivy. Ticks are active all year round. Please consider using bug repellant and dress your child in long sleeves and pants. Please also make sure to do a "tick check" on your child every day after group. 

New families who want to learn more should submit an inquiry via our interest form. There is a $52 new family registration fee, which will be deducted from the total program cost.

Families who are currently or formerly enrolled in BOPN half or full day preschool should contact BOPN Enrollment Specialist, Jessica Low, at