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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: $125; Special Winter price: $95

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. 

Additionally, we offer a limited number of afterschool environmental opportunities for middle and high school students. For more information on these and other programs for teens, please call 718.549.3200 x223.

  • 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

    This program is also offered FREE for qualifying schools as part of the new initative, Con Edison's STEM Days Out.

  • 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)

  • Good Chemistry: The Role of Soil in Healthy Woodlands

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

    Make chemistry come alive in this hands-on workshop exploring the nitty-gritty of soil. Students learn about the essential role that soil plays in the health of an ecosystem, why pH matters and how to analyze soil structure. They take a range of soil samples back to the classroom for further testing and analysis.

Wave Hill's School Programs are generously supported by the Bay and Paul Foundations, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation 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. 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.