Cairn Hill An Educational Collaborative

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Cairn Hill Nature Preschool
183 Fays Avenue
Lynn, Massachusetts, 01904

The Next Step

Thanks to the generosity of donors, volunteers, and The Willow Tree Fund, our Waldorf-inspired nature preschool will open its doors in the fall of 2017!

Our Mission

Cairn Hill brings the transformative power of the arts to young learners in urban and multi-ethnic communities using nature, story, music, and the hands-on approach inspired by Waldorf education.

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The trails just outside our doorstep are perfect for daily nature walks


For more information, please contact Evelyne Hebrault

Cairn Hill has had a very eventful year.  We have signed a long-term lease on
a spectacularly situated property that is surrounded by acres of lovely woodlands
and ponds.

We have hired staff, including a director and teacher.

We are delighted to introduce…

Evelyne Hebrault
School Director

Meet Evelyne Hebrault, the new director of Cairn Hill Nature Preschool. Evelyne is originally from Southern France. She is a graduate of the University of Montpellier where she trained to become a special needs educator.

In 2002, she moved to the US with her husband and young daughter, and continued to pursue her educational interests - initially as a volunteer in the public schools, and later as a teacher and director of a Boston area preschool. Through her teaching experiences, Evelyne developed a growing interest in nature and outdoor activities and their impact on the physical and emotional development of children. Evelyne speaks Spanish, as well as French and English and is interested in culture and diversity. She is now very excited to be the director of the Cairn Hill Nature Preschool and to be able to participate in the creation and development of this new Waldorf-inspired nature program.

Tara Nichol
Waldorf/Nature Teacher

Our new Waldorf teacher is Tara Nichol.  Tara is from Seattle, Washington but has Lynn roots, as Lynn is her father’s hometown. Tara received a B.A. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University.  She was inspired by the Waldorf Schools she encountered while teaching outdoor education and decided to pursue training as a Waldorf teacher.  She is currently finishing her M. Ed. at Antioch University New England. Tara has extensive experience working with children with special needs in a Waldorf context.  She also speaks Spanish and was a founding teacher at a small, multilingual Waldorf initiative in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Tara has a passion for the healing power of Waldorf Education and is excited to be a part of Cairn Hill Nature Preschool.

The site is transforming every day, and it is very exciting!

The Cairn Hill team has been hard at work preparing the classrooms and playgrounds for opening day.

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As we shift our focus exclusively to preschool education, Cairn Hill has reflected on our 5 years of providing afterschool enrichment to English language learners in Malden. Through our Arts Innovation Programs, we were able to offer innovative programming within public school settings while learning ourselves how to weave Waldorf teaching practices into more formalized academics. We are gratified to realize that we have touched the lives of over 120 children, providing creative ways of learning that extended and enhanced our students’ academic engagement. We are grateful to the teachers, administrators and funders who have made this possible and look forward to our next chapter of bringing Waldorf inspired education to new communities!

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In 2012, Carin Hill began its mission to fuse Waldorf inspired learning with the goals of public education through after school programs we offered in Malden and Somerville. At this time, in an effort to increase our impact on children and families and grow deeper roots in a community -- and because we have always had a particular interest in the education of the very young, we are establishing the Cairn Hill Nature Preschool in Lynn, Ma. Please check this site for updates on our preschool progress!

Art of Word Weaving Curriculum.
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Storytelling and Puppetry




In September 2012, Cairn Hill created and piloted our first after school program at the Salemwood School in Malden, Massachusetts. The program included music, clay modeling, wood working and connecting to nature. Read more