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Early Childhood (Pre-K)

Early Childhood (Pre-K)

Length of Program: 1 hour
Maximum class size: 24 students
Program fee: $120 single session; $215 for two-session program; 20% discount for Title I Schools. Offsite programs are generally available December through March.
Pre-registration is required.

Our Pre-K programs are designed specifically for young learners, and are offered as either a single session or two-session options. The two-session program will take place with the first session in your classroom and the second at Wave Hill.

Session one takes place at your school as our educators engage your students with a mix of songs, stories and hands-on activities. Session two is a learning adventure at Wave Hill, where students experience the wonders of nature first-hand and create their own craft project to take home.

For the single session program, the location is your choice.

  • Avian Adventures

    Seasons offered: Fall, Winter and SpringProgram Details ›

    In your classroom, students explore artifacts and learn about how birds live in their environment through song and movement. The session ends with a story about some of the different birds your students may meet on a visit to Wave Hill, or to a local park!

    At Wave Hill, students practice using binoculars and picture guides to observe birds in their natural setting. This is followed by an indoor art-making project where students create their own birds using Model Magic and feathers.

  • Seeds We Need

    Seasons offered: Fall, Winter and SpringProgram Details ›

    In your classroom, students are introduced to seeds, why they are important and what they need to grow, using interactive songs and stories. Students explore various fruits and vegetables to discover where seeds are found and just how different they can look and feel.

    At Wave Hill, students review what seeds need in order to grow and explore the parts of a plant. A walk through the grounds invites investigation of some of the many different shapes and sizes of seeds and the plants they come from. As a culminating activity, students use seeds to make their own seed mosaic.

  • Self-Guided Nature Walk

    Seasons offered: Year-roundMax. class size: 24 studentsFee: $40 per class; 20% discount for Title I SchoolsPre-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.