A public garden & cultural center

School Programs

Immerse your class in nature as you explore Wave Hill’s glorious gardens and woodlands. An experienced educator leads your class in outdoor exploration and hands-on activities that help students at all levels make meaningful connections to the environment. Content and activities are skillfully tailored to complement the developmental and academic abilities of your class.

Wave Hill School Programs support the delivery of New York City’s Scope and Sequence and span cross-curricular content areas. In addition, Wave Hill offers standards-aligned lesson extensions with background information, activities, student worksheets and resources for most of our workshops. To see how Wave Hill’s School Programs align with Common Core and the NGSS, click the links on the right side of the page. Lesson synopses and extensions can be found within the program categories below.

Wave Hill's School Programs are generously supported by the Bay and Paul Foundations, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation,  the New York State Education Department, and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn 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.  Wave Hill’s operations are supported with public funds through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.