A public garden & cultural center

Elementary (Grades 3-5)

Elementary (Grades 3-5)

Time: 10–11:30AM
Max. class size: 30 students
Fee: $150; 20% discounts for Title I Schools
Pre-registration is required.


  • Pollination Pals

    Seasons offered: Spring (April–June)Program Details ›

    Visit Wave Hill’s gardens and beehives to discover the partnerships between plants and their pollinators. Students observe honeybee specimens and live pollinators at work, and then explore the gardens to find flowers that attract different pollinators. As a culminating activity, students create a watercolor painting based on the flowers and pollinators they’ve seen.

    Download the Pollination Pals Extension (PDF)

  • Trees and Ecology

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    Join us for a creative adventure into the ecology and anatomy of trees. Students explore the parts and functions of trees, and how trees interact with and affect the ecosystems in which they live. This lesson includes natural object observation and nature journaling, as well as an exploratory forest walk.

    Download the Trees and Ecology Extension (PDF)

  • Amazing Mammals

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at urban wildlife while discovering ecology, animal adaptations and the mammals of the New York metropolitan region. After learning about key differences between coyotes and squirrels and their unique adaptations, students will explore their woodland habitat and analyze data from digital camera-traps to see what kinds of mammalian visitors call Wave Hill home.

  • Walk through Time

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    Take a walk through time to explore how the Lenape lived in New York City 400 years ago. Through storytelling and hands-on artifact exploration, students discover how geography impacted Lenape culture, then embark on a natural-resources scavenger hunt in Wave Hill’s restored woodland. 

    Download the Walk through Time Extension (PDF)

  • Visualizing Nature

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›
    Experience dynamic works by contemporary artists on exhibit in Glyndor Gallery and natural wonders in the gardens and woodlands. Explore environmental themes and our connections to nature through art and writing exercises in a nature journal. Students develop their observational skills and descriptive language as they connect with Wave Hill’s inspiring gardens and woodland.
  • Self-Guided Nature Walk

    Max. class size: 30 studentsFee: $40 per class; 20% discount for Title I Schools Pre-registration is required.Program Details ›

    Guide your class on an independent exploration of Wave Hill's gardens and grounds. Prepare for your visit by downloading the attached PDF. It offers guidelines, as well as two activities for your class to enjoy.

    Download Self-Guided School Visits to Wave Hill Catalog (PDF)

Wave Hill's school programs are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation; Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation; Con Edison; The Hearst Foundations; New York State Education Department; and Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust. 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.