Nature-play, rain or shine!

Ages 2.9 through 10

UPDATE (6/5/20): We are pushing back our summer program start date in light of the recently-announced 32-page re-opening requirements.  As of now, the new regulations require children to stay 6 feet apart.  We hope and will try to offer several weeks of summer program later this summer, but our ability to operate will depend on the covid regulations.  We will submit our re-opening plan when the procedure for doing so is released.


Drop-off and pick-up outdoors at the Arnold 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

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Early Birds (see pricing below):

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  

Lunch Bunch (see pricing below):

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Children may register for one or more weeks, which do not need to be consecutive.  We offer the following weeks:

July 6 - 10  ?

July 13 - 17   ?

July 20 - 24  ?

July 27 - 31

August 3 -7 

August 10 - 14

August 17 - 21

August 24 - 28

Daily Rhythm

8 a.m.: Drop-off for Early Birds

9 a.m.: Drop-off 

  • Morning circle

  • Hike to an "adventure spot" (varies each day)

  • Nature-play, exploration, making friends, imaginative play, storytelling, respecting and caring for Earth

12 p.m.: Pick-up/Lunch Bunch

12 - 2 p.m.: Lunch, nature-play and games

2 p.m.: Pick-up


$400 for one week
$775 for two weeks
$1100 for three weeks

Each additional week beyond three weeks is $350 per week.

Early Birds (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.): 

$15 for a single day

Full week $60

Lunch Bunch (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.):
$50 for a single day 

Full week $200

How to Apply

To be eligible for our summer program, your child must be between the ages of 2.9 and 10 years.  Groupings are based on age.

1.  Start the conversation by submitting the contact form or call Sarah Murray at 617-435-7981.

2. Fill out the registration form and submit the $200 deposit to reserve your child's spot.

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.