Summer Program


Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Nature-play, rain or shine, ages 2.9 through 7


We are all-outdoors at Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MassHort), located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA.

We spend our mornings in the forest and gardens.  The children are active participants in selecting which places we visit and how we explore them.  Click here for a video of the extraordinary gardens at MassHort.

Hours and Schedule

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

Summer 2021 schedule (for reference):

  • 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

  • Greetings, song, seasonal events, and safety rules

--> Hike to an "adventure spot"

--> Emergent curriculum in nature

  • Play and guided exploration​​​

--> Hike back

12 p.m.: Pick-up


 $775 per session (each session is two weeks--see schedule above)

Enrolled families are required to buy a MassHort membership ($55) on or before their child's first day.

If you need a scholarship, please don't be shy.  We are committed to providing meaningful nature education to youth regardless of family income.  Anyone who can demonstrate a full or partial need is encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply

Please complete our brief interest form here.  We will follow up with you by phone or email.

MMR vaccinations are required and religious exemptions are not accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you!