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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: $105

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. Participation in a work project provides students with an opportunity to contribute to ongoing efforts to help restore ecological balance in Wave Hill’s woodlands.

  • Restoring the Urban Forest

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

    How can we help protect our green spaces? Students receive a basic introduction to urban woodlands, their importance and 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 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 changes over time. Students conduct field studies 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 and SpringProgram Details ›

    A healthy ecosystem starts with healthy soil. What makes soil healthy? What processes contribute to soil formation? Students learn about the essential role that soil plays in forest ecology, paying special attention to the chemical processes at work. They take a range of soil samples to analyze, and bring the samples back to the classroom for further testing.

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.