The Arcadia Nature Preschool was founded in 1976 on the premise that happy and rewarding early childhood experiences with nature form the foundation for the development of creative, caring and aware adults.
Set on the more than 730-acre Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton and Northampton, our magnificent outdoor classroom offers limitless opportunities for investigation, observation, and discovery throughout the changing seasons.
Outdoor exploration is an important part of our curriculum—we immerse ourselves in nature, exploring plants and animals through hands-on studies. A balance of structured and unstructured time, including playtime, gives children many opportunities to develop social skills.
Teachers guide children using a variety of methods that encourage independence, self control, and problem solving. By recognizing and reinforcing positive behaviors, we nourish each child’s self-confidence.
Children must be ages 3 to 5 and at least 3 years old by September to enroll.
Class size is limited to 18 children per session.