8 Nature Activities to Enjoy with your Kids

Nature Adventures with the Family

ENTERTAINMENT- Did you know that there are eels in the Hudson River? Wave Hill is dedicating a whole weekend to these fascinating creatures! 

Families with younger children, by the way, will be able to meet glass eels at Wave Hill, Saturday. 

On Sunday, take a trip to The Center for the Urban River at Beczak in Yonkers to see these slippery creatures in their natural habitat—kids ages eight and older are welcome to attend with an adult. This trip is a community science project that will help experts who are researching eel migration.  

Or forget about the eels and come hear acclaimed jazz musician Josh Lawrence and his band Color Theory perform here on Sunday afternoon. A reception following the performance will celebrate the release of Lawrence’s new album Triptych—and a grand finale to the 2018‒2019 concert season in Armor Hall.

Thu, April 4

Mixed-Media Workshop series begins: Subtle and Exquisite Nature

From bud to bloom, nature has an endless inspiration to offer artists in the spring. Capture changing textures and subtle color shifts as the garden transitions from subtle to bright. Each week, with the guidance of artist Wennie Huang, spring continues to pop and participants experience, observe and render exquisite moments using layers of dry and wet media. This six-session series continues Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9. A list of materials will be provided. $300; Wave Hill Members save 10%. Registration required, online or at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Wave Hill House, 10AM–1PM

Sat, Sun, April 6, 7

Hudson River Eel Weekend

Did you know that eels swim past Wave Hill every spring? Get the real deal about eels and their Hudson River ecosystem at Wave Hill’s Hudson River Eel Weekend. Meet scientists studying eel migration, make eel-themed art and see live eels. You’ll look at the river in a whole new way!

Sat, April 6

Family Art Project: The Epic of an Eel

Celebrate the arduous journey eels make during their annual migration, their adaptations and the place eels call home. Create your own puppet theater to act out your own stories about these epic underwater adventures. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. Hudson River Eel Weekend event.

Wave Hill House, 10AM–1PM

Sat, April 6

Meet the Eels

Families are invited to drop by to see live eels, with a science educator from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Eel Project. Ages five and older welcome with an adult. Free with admission to the grounds. Hudson River Eel Weekend event.

Wave Hill House, 1–1:30PM

Sat, April 6

Nature Talk: The Incredible Journey of the American Eel

A science educator from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Eel Project shares the incredible journey of Anguilla rostrata with images, artifacts—and live eels! Hear how scientists, students and community volunteers are gathering information about local eel populations by catching, counting and releasing thousands of tiny “glass eels” as they swim up the Hudson River estuary each spring. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. Free with admission to the grounds. Hudson River Eel Weekend event.

Wave Hill House, 2PM

Sun, April 7

Family Art Project: The Epic of an Eel

Celebrate the arduous journey eels make during their annual migration, their adaptations and the place eels call home. Create your own puppet theater to act out your own stories about these epic underwater adventures. Free with admission to the grounds. Hudson River Eel Weekend event.

Wave Hill House, 10AM–1PM

Sun, April 7

Pre-Concert Tea

Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Mark Twain Room prior to today’s concert in Armor Hall. The Café at Wave Hill pairs a classic menu with an assortment of green, black and herbal teas. This traditional tea service includes the four classic elements of savory, scones, sweets and tea. The menu, presented by Great Performances, includes an array of tea sandwiches, scones and bite-sized desserts. Afternoon Tea also includes a glass of sparkling wine. Afternoon Tea Service is $36. Wave Hill Members receive a 10% discount. Advance registration is required by emailing wavehillreservations@greatperformances.com or by calling 718.549.3200 x395. We will take reservations until 5PM on the Thursday prior to the concert.

Wave Hill House, NOON

Sun, April 7

Concert: Josh Lawrence & Color Theory

Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed trumpeter and composer. His ensemble Color Theory was dubbed “an all-star outfit” by The New York Times. Bandmates include pianist Orrin Evans, drummer Anwar Marshall, the Curtis Brothers, pianist Zaccai and bassist Luques, alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis and trombonist David Gibson. Ticket Prices: Adults: $28 (includes admission to the grounds) / Wave Hill Members 10% discount / $12 children ages 8-18, unless otherwise noted. Order tickets online or onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center. For additional information, please call 718.549.3200 x251.

Wave Hill House, 2PM

Sun, April 7

Counting Eels at The Center for the Urban River at Beczak

Every spring, juvenile American eels swim 1,000 miles from the Sargasso Sea to freshwater streams along the Hudson River. Join Wave Hill and environmental educator Jason Muller at The Center for the Urban River at Beczak in Yonkers—easily accessible by car and Metro-North—to collect data on migrating eels and their ecosystem. Put on waders and head out into the river to collect eels and other creatures in the fyke nets, or stay on shore to assist with recording water quality data and counting and weighing the little eels before releasing them back into the river. The data collected from CURB and other sites as part of this community science research project provides crucial information about young eel populations in the Hudson River. For adults and families with kids eight and older. $10; Wave Hill Members save 10%. Registration required, online or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Hudson River Eel Weekend event.

Meet at Center for The Urban River at Beczak, 2–3:30PM

Sun, April 7

Garden Highlights Walk

Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds.

Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 2PM

Mon, April 8

Closed to the public.

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

HOURS – Open all year, Tuesday through Sunday and many major holidays: 9AM–5:30PM,  March 15–October 31. Closes 4:30PM, starting November 1.

ADMISSION – $10 adults, $6 students and seniors 65+, $4 children 6–18. Free Saturday and Tuesday mornings until noon. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under 6.

PROGRAM FEES – Programs are free with admission to the grounds unless otherwise noted.

Visitors to Wave Hill can take advantage of Metro-North’s one-day getaway offer. Purchase a discount round-trip rail far and discount admission to the gardens. More at http://mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_wavehill.htm




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