A public garden & cultural center

School Programs

Bring your students to Wave Hill and experience its unique offerings which encompass three distinct, yet interwoven aspects of learning: Nature Studies, Creative Arts and Historical Studies. Our programs for grades pre-K through 12 engage your students in active, participatory learning that span both outdoor and indoor education with gorgeous gardens, spectacular views, nature-inspired contemporary art, and tranquil woodlands. For those of you that can’t make it to Wave Hill, we’ll come to you.  Please be sure to check out our Lesson Extensions, which offer helpful suggestions, activities and resources that will help you make the most of your visit to Wave Hill.

  • Creative Arts at Wave Hill

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    For many people, expressing oneself through art is an instinctual way to connect with nature. Wave Hill’s creative arts programs present a diverse array of multi-media works by contemporary artists inspired by the natural world, encouraging viewers to consider nature in new ways.
    Creative Arts at Wave Hill
  • Historical Studies

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    These programs look at Wave Hill through the lens of history, exploring the land’s early use as Lenape hunting and fishing grounds, then as a key part of the development of New York City in the 18th and 19th centuries, and eventually as a millionaire’s retreat in the early 20th century. In the mid-20th century, this 28-acre parcel became the public garden and cultural center known as Wave Hill.
    Historical Studies
  • Nature Studies

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    Immerse your class in nature as we explore Wave Hill’s grounds, gardens and woodlands.
    Nature Studies
  • Nature Studies at Your School

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    Bring Wave Hill to your school! Book a Wave Hill program for your class or, better yet, multiple classes within a grade.
    Nature Studies at Your School
  • Nature Studies for Middle and High School

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    Through a combination of woodland exploration, data collection and fieldwork, students develop an understanding of the pressing, time-sensitive issues facing our urban woodlands today.
    Nature Studies for Middle and High School

School Programs are generously supported by the Bay and Paul Foundations, Con Edison and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.  Additional support is provided by the Pinkerton Foundation and the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 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.