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Nature Studies for Middle and High School

Nature Studies for Middle and High School

Length of program: 2 hours
Maximum class size: 30 students
Program fee: $135

Through outdoor exploration, data collection and hands-on fieldwork, students begin to develop an understanding of some of the pressing issues facing our urban woodlands. Participation in a real work project allows students to contribute to ongoing efforts to help restore ecological balance to Wave Hill’s woodlands. 

  • Restoring the Urban Forest

    Grades: 6 through 12Seasons offered: Fall, Winter and SpringProgram Details ›

    Within its five boroughs, New York City has an estimated 10,000 acres of natural areas.  These areas include thriving ecosystems and provide habitat to a surprisingly diverse group of plants and animals.

    Learn about the importance of these areas—particularly in a dense urban setting—and what we can do to protect these critical resources. Using Wave Hill’s own 8-acre woodland as a living laboratory, students explore current issues relating to forest regeneration, wildlife habitat and management, and existing threats, as they do their own data collection and analysis

  • Woodland Ecology in the City

    Grades: 9 through 12Seasons offered: Fall, Winter and SpringProgram Details ›

    Learn about woodland ecology and the dynamic forces that keep a woodland ecosystem healthy, such as succession, decomposition and regeneration. Explore how ecologists, naturalists and other stewards of the land collect and analyze data in order to understand how ecosystems change over time. Students collect data and then analyze their findings back in the classroom. 

    Download the Woodland Ecology in the City Extension (PDF)

Wave Hill's school programs are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Con Edison, and the New York State Education Department. 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.