Summer Program

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

Daily Rhythm

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


$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

Vaccinations are required and religious exemptions are not accepted.

If your child is ages 4 - 7 we recommend afternoons. 

Please feel free to reach out to with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!