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Early Elementary (Kindergarten-Grade 2)

Early Elementary (Kindergarten-Grade 2)

Time: 10-11:30AM
Max. class size: 30 students
Program fee: $150: 20% discount for Title I Schools
Pre-registration is required.


  • Walk for the Senses

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    We experience the natural world with the tools we have at hand—our senses. This program is a feast for the senses as we tour the grounds, discovering new sights, sounds, smells and textures. Students exercise these different senses by creating sound-quilts, exploring plants with their noses and more.

    Download the Walk for the Senses Extension (PDF)

  • Totally Trees

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    Wave Hill boasts a collection of extraordinary, stately and very old trees. Through observation and inquiry, students are introduced to some of Wave Hill’s most treasured specimens. They discover how trees grow by exploring a tree’s parts and the role each part plays in a tree’s life cycle. With trees as their inspiration, students create their own unique design projects.

    Download the Totally Trees Extension (PDF)

  • Seeds We Need

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringAlso available as a two-session program for Pre-KProgram Details ›

    Seeds span an amazing range of sizes, shapes and forms. Using simple scientific observation and physical exploration, students discover the nature of seeds, their role in the plant lifecycle and the interesting ways they have adapted to their environments. Students learn about how seeds are important to animals and people,and create their own unique seed mosaic at the end of the lesson.

    Download the Seeds We Need Extension (PDF)

  • Avian Adventures

    Seasons offered: Fall and SpringAlso available as a two-session program for Pre-KProgram Details ›

    In this lively program, students go bird-watching, using binoculars to closely observe birds. They investigate feathers, feet and skulls to discover how different adaptations help birds thrive in their special niches. A hands-on art project reinforces the experience of this avian adventure.

    Download the Avian Adventures Extension (PDF)

  • 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.