Nature-play, rain or shine!
Ages 2.9 through 7
We are 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
Mornings: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children ages 2.9 through 6
Afternoons: Monday through Friday 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. for children ages 4 through 7
We recommend afternoons for children ages 4 through 7.
Summer Session 1: July 5 through 16
Summer Session 2: July 19 through 30
Summer Session 3: August 2 through 13
Summer Session 4: August 16 through 27
9 a.m.: Drop-off
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
$775 per session (each session is two weeks--see schedule above)
A $200 deposit per session is due upon enrollment.
Please let us know if you need a scholarship.
How to Apply
Please complete our brief interest form here. We will follow up with you by phone or email.
Registration opened January 25. If you live in Chestnut Hill, Brookline, or another neighborhood between the Arboretum and Wellesley (MassHort) we recommend our Wellesley program.
Please feel free to reach out to with any questions.
We look forward to hearing from you!