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Early Childhood (Pre-K)

Learn with Wave Hill

Engage your class in a unique adventure at Wave Hill, during which we venture through, and learn from, the natural world! Skilled educators work individually with each class to provide rich experiences for all.

Length of Programs: 1 hour
Maximum class size: 24 students
Program fee: $120 for single session; $200 for two-session program;
20% discount for Title I schools

Special Needs: All programs can be adapted to suit the particular learning styles of your students. Communicate your class’s specific needs upon booking so that we may provide the most engaging program possible.

Reservations

All groups require a reservation in advance. To make a reservation, contact:

Update on Fall 2021

We are excited to welcome students back to the gardens this fall! We are offering a limited number of in-person programs. For classes unable to visit in person, select programs have a 45-minute, virtual option ($100; 20% discount for Title I schools). Check here for updates or contact us at 718.549.3200 x237 to be added to our email list for announcements regarding winter and spring programming.

Session Options

Our Pre-K programs are designed specifically for young learners, with single-session or two-session options. For the single-session program, you may select it to be in-person or virtual.

The two-session program will take place virtually for the first session and the second session at Wave Hill. During session one, our educators engage your students with a mix of stories, body movement and images from the gardens. Session two is a learning adventure at Wave Hill, where students experience the wonders of nature first-hand.

Avian Adventures

Seasons offered: Fall at Wave Hill

In this lively program, students learn key bird characteristics while developing the social emotional skills necessary for successful bird watching. Together, students explore feathers and beaks, learn bird calls and create stories for a day in the life of their favorite birds. A take-home extension reinforces the experience of this avian adventure.

Seeds We Need

Seasons offered: Fall at Wave Hill; virtual

Students are introduced to seeds. Using dance and storytelling, they learn why they are important and what they need in order to grow. A walk through the grounds invites investigation of the many different shapes and sizes of seeds and the plants they come from. As students move through the gardens encountering seeds, they mimic the way they travel.

Totally Trees

Seasons offered: Fall at Wave Hill

Students are introduced to some of Wave Hill’s treasured trees. They discover how these trees grow by exploring tree parts and the role each part plays in a tree’s life cycle. Through sensory engagement and body movement, students consider the lessons trees can teach us, and why those lessons have value for us.

Walk for the Senses

Seasons offered: Fall at Wave Hill

We experience the natural world with the tools we have at hand—our senses. As we tour the grounds, discovering new sights, sounds, smells and textures, students exercise these different senses by creating a “sound quilt,” exploring plants with their magnifying glasses and more.

Self-Guided Nature Walk

Seasons offered: Fall, Spring and Summer at Wave Hill

Fee: $40 per class; 20% discount for Title I schools

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