A public garden & cultural center

Education at Wave Hill

Since opening to the public almost 50 years ago, Wave Hill has been committed to fostering a connection between people and nature, providing hands-on learning experiences to help educate young people about the environment. Today, Wave Hill serves an ever-broadening audience of school children, from pre-K through high school, year-round.

Wave Hill’s glorious grounds offer the perfect setting for inspiring, instructor-led programs.  Art and history are woven into the educational experience in ways that reflect the unique nature of Wave Hill as both a public garden and cultural center. Our cross-curricular programs engage students with critical thinking, thoughtful observation and inquiry-based exploration to create meaningful engagement.

This year, recognizing that there can be many challenges for schools to bring a group to Wave Hill―particularly in the winter months―we are pleased to have been able to add offsite programs at individual schools.

Wave Hill continues to be at the forefront in working with teens. For more than 30 years, the Forest Project has offered paid, summer internships in the increasingly relevant discipline of woodland and urban ecology.  This season, Wave Hill is launching a new Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) program, generously funded by the Pinkerton Foundation. This initiative provides mentored research opportunities for high school students over a 14-month period.

We welcome your visits, questions and feedback in our continuing efforts to best serve our audience and keep pace with an always dynamic educational landscape.

Click here to download the press release for the Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) program.


Wave Hill's environmental education programs for youth are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundations, Con Edison, The Glickenhaus Foundation, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the Pinkerton Foundation, The Ira M. Resnick Foundation in memory of Jack and Pearl Resnick, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation and The James S. and Merryl H. Tisch Foundation.  Sustaining support for Wave Hill’s educational programming is provided by the Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Endowment Fund at Wave Hill for Environmental Science and Nature Education.  The buildings and grounds of Wave Hill are owned by the City of New York and the institution’s operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.