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.

Education programs for youth at Wave Hill are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation; Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation; Con Edison; The Hearst Foundations; Lower Hudson Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management; The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation;The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Education Department; The Pinkerton Foundation;Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust; Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; and Sarah and Geoffrey Gund. 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.Wave Hill’s operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.