Wellesley Programs

Children in our Wellesley programs spend their days exploring the 175 acres of woodlands, fields, and gardens at Massachusetts Horticultural Society & Elm Bank Reservation. Opening up the world of outdoor exploration for children is what drives us! Our operational strategies, safety protocols, and consistent daily routines help us to provide safe and fun adventures for each child. We explore a wide range of habitats with the children, including:

  • extensive wooded areas

  • over 5 acres of gardens, including a children's garden, vegetable garden, herb garden, formal garden, trial garden, and pollinator garden

  • open fields and meadows

  • brooks and vernal pools

  • the "compost mountain"

Children are active participants in selecting which places within the Arboretum we visit each day, and how we explore them.

We offer full day and morning half day school year programs at our Wellesley site. To learn more, click on each of the program options below, or inquire now to have a staff member get in touch with you. For tuition rates and a more detailed description of our application process, please visit our Admissions page.  

If you are interested in our programs and need financial aid, we invite and strongly encourage you to submit an interest form, which includes a "yes/no" financial aid question. We are committed to providing meaningful nature education to youth regardless of family income.  Anyone who can demonstrate a full or partial need is welcome and encouraged to apply.

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Full Day Preschool

Ages 2.9 to 6

5 days/week

8:30AM - 4:00PM

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Full Day Toddler

Ages 15 months to 2.9

5 days/week

8:30AM - 4:00PM

Two children in outdoor gear play in the snow

Half Day Preschool

Ages 2.9 to 6

2, 3, or 5 days/week

9:00AM - 12:00PM