Enjoy these self-guided activities during your visit to the gardens. Click on the activity title that interests you in order to download and print before your next adventure at Wave Hill.
Discover the many different birds that either make Wave Hill home or simply delight in spending time in the gardens while playing Birding Bingo. In addition to the bingo board, read fun facts about the most common bird visitors to Wave Hill.
Senses Scavenger Hunt
Become a detective using your five senses to uncover what lives at Wave Hill. Use our prompts to guide your exploration and get creative as you artistically document your findings.
Delight in fun nature activities while teaching, learning, working and entertaining your families at home. Click on the activity title that interests you to review the activity’s material list and procedure.
Anti-Strike Decals for Birds
Take action to protect local birds by making “anti-strike” window decals.
Biomimicry Comic Strip
Feel empowered by nature as you explore the different ways animals, plants and fungi adapt to meet challenges.
City Connection: Urban Ecology Scavenger Hunt
Nature is found throughout our city. In this activity, track down evidence of urban wildlife and plant species that inhabit your neighborhood, whether in a park, your backyard or along the sidewalks.
Community Science Bird Count
Sharpen your observation skills as you participate in a nationwide community science project.
Exploring Our Senses
Three different activities help you engage your senses—hearing, smell and touch—to expand your awareness of the world around you.
Observe the parts of a flower firsthand and identify their specific functions.
Test your mammal knowledge in a comprehensive mammal jeopardy game.
Neighborhood Mammal Watch
Venture out into your backyard, neighborhood or local park to look for mammals and signs of mammal activity.
Street Tree Census and Tree Adoption
Learn to identify local trees and become a wildlife steward as you “adopt” and tend to street trees in your neighborhood.
Uncovering the Composition of New York City's Bedrock
Learn which types of rock make up the bedrock in different parts of New York City. Explore how, over time, the city's bedrock and all its human activity affect landscape composition.