Cairn Hill prepares children of all backgrounds for personal and academic success through joyful learning opportunities rooted in nature, play and the arts.
In early 2012, three educators: Daniel Bekele, Ed.D., Cheryl Dressler, Ed.D., and Margaret Ris, M.Ed met at the Abiata Café in Malden, Massachusetts to determine the best way to offer children high quality, affordable educational opportunities inspired by Waldorf and nature-based approaches to learning.
They agreed to found a non-profit organization for this purpose and named it after a spot in Malden’s beautiful and rugged Fells Reservation: Cairn Hill.
Cairn Hill provides holistic, experiential learning experiences that foster the development of children's physical, social-emotional and academic competencies.
We believe that children learn best through hands-on exploration and play.
Through daily extensive exposure to the outdoors, we seek to cultivate in children a deep connection to nature and an appreciation of the earth.