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Nature Studies for Middle and High School

Nature Studies for Middle and High School

Length of program: 2 hours
Maximum class size: 30 students
Program fee: $115; Special Winter price: $95

Through a compelling mix of exploration, data collection and hands-on fieldwork, students develop an understanding of the pressing issues facing our urban woodlands. Participation in a real work project allows students to contribute to ongoing efforts to help restore ecological balance to Wave Hill’s woodlands.

Additionally, we offer a limited number of afterschool environmental opportunities for middle and high school students. For more information on these and other programs for teens, please call 718.549.3200 x223.

  • Restoring the Urban Forest

    Grades: 6 through 12Seasons offered: Fall, Winter and SpringProgram Details ›

    How can we help protect our green spaces? Your class will receive a basic introduction to urban woodlands, their importance and the nature of the disturbances that threaten their health, such as invasive plants, erosion and pollution. Getting down and dirty, students help to clear invasive species, plant desirable species and mulch pathways.

  • Woodland Ecology in the City

    Grades: 9 through 12Seasons offered: Fall, Winter and SpringProgram Details ›

    Learn about woodland ecology and the dynamic forces that keep a woodland ecosystem healthy, such as succession, decomposition and regeneration. Explore how ecologists, naturalists and other stewards of the land collect and analyze data in order to understand how ecosystems change over time. Students collect data and then analyze their findings back in the classroom.

    Download the Woodland Ecology in the City Extension (PDF)

  • Good Chemistry: The Role of Soil in Healthy Woodlands

    Grades: 9 through 12Seasons offered: Fall, Winter and SpringProgram Details ›

    Make chemistry come alive in this hands-on workshop exploring the nitty-gritty of soil. Students learn about the essential role that soil plays in the health of an ecosystem, why pH matters and how to analyze soil structure. They take a range of soil samples back to the classroom for further testing and analysis.

Wave Hill’s environmental education programs for youth are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundations, Con Edison, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the New York State Education Department, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation and Target. 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 institution’s operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, through the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and through the National Endowment for the Arts.