Explore the Summer Skies on Wings over Wave Hill Weekends

Select Weekends, July–August, 2015

Soar into summer with Wings over Wave Hill! On select summer weekends, enjoy Nature Walks focused on creatures gifted with flight. Discover the fascinating antics of butterflies, katydids and dragonflies, among others, and learn how to identify these elegant insects in their natural habitat.

Children ages 10 and older and their adult companion are welcome to attend the Nature Walks. Wings over Wave Hill Nature Walks and Family Art Projects are free with admission to the grounds. Registration is recommended for the Nature Walks; register online,  or onsite at the Perkins Visitors Center.

What:          Wings over Wave Hill Weekends

Where:                    Wave Hill

                                 West 249th Street and Independence Avenue,   Bronx, New York

Schedule:     Bountiful Butterflies Weekend, SAT & SUN, Jul 25 & 26

                      Family Art Project: Butterfly Habitat Hats, SAT & SUN, Jul 25 & 26, 10AM–1PM

                      See them and sketch them, flying and sipping the nectar of their favorite shrub or flowering bush. Then learn about local butterfly species and make a butterfly habitat hat filled with flowers and insects in an                           active movable landscape.

                      Butterfly Walk, SUN, Jul 26, 1PM

                      Butterflies are among nature’s most delicate and colorful creatures. Join naturalist Paul Keim on a walk through the grounds and learn field tips for identifying common species.                                                                          

                     Crickets (and Friends!) Weekend, SAT & SUN, Aug 15 & 16                    

                     Family Art Project: Green Bugs Gathering, SAT & SUN, August 15 & 16, 10AM–1PM

                     Study the similarities and differences between cicadas, katydids and crickets.Then, use cardboard tubes, fasteners, wooden clothes pins and green tempera paint to construct bodies and movable parts, like wings                      and legs. Learn how to make cicada castanets and other buggy sounds and click, chirp or sing in an insect parade.

                    Crickets, Katydids and Cicadas Walk, SAT, Aug 15, 1PM During the dog days of every summer, crickets, katydids and cicadas fill the air with their multitude of unusual songs. Watch naturalist Paul Keim                        use a sweep net to collect these creatures, and learn to distinguish their many different songs from another.

                    Dazzling Dragonflies & Damselflies Weekend, SAT & SUN, Aug 22 & 23

                    Family Art Project: Delicate Dragonfly Wings, SAT & SUN, Aug 22 & 23, 10AM–1PM Study these ancient insects and see them flying upwards and downwards, backwards and forwards, or hovering mid-                       air. Create delicate and shimmering dragonfly wings using transparent and brightly colored—even metallic—materials.

                    Dragonflies and Damselflies Nature Presentation and Walk, SAT, Aug 23, 1PM Can you tell a dragonfly from a damselfly? Environmental educators from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum reveal                         their differences in a short, indoor presentation. Afterwards, take a family-friendly walk to view their aerial antics on the grounds. Watch our presenters net and identify some of these iridescent insects and get a                     close-up look before they are released back to their habitat.

The Family Art Project is generously sponsored by Target, with additional support provided by Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 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. Support for Garden Programs is provided by the Hagedorn Fund. Support for Public Programs is provided by The William Froelich Foundation.

 Wave Hill, Inc. is an independent, non-profit cultural institution governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The buildings and grounds of Wave Hill are owned by the City of New York.  With the assistance of the Bronx Borough President and Bronx representatives in the City Council and State Legislature, 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.


About Us

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.