Botany Classes

Do you have a desire to be closer to nature? Take a botany class and gain a deeper understanding of how plants connect us to the natural world. Botanical studies explore all aspects of plant growth and development, plant communities, and the role of plants in ecosystems. At the everyday level, botany can be your gateway to herbal healing, foraging for wild edibles, cross-cultural understanding, or just a deeper appreciation of nature's seasonal beauty.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


February

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Join Neil Pederson, Ph.D., professor and senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest, more...
213BOT397BL 02/26 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Pederson
BLENDED

March

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees more...
213BOT385CO 03/04 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Botanical Latin is essential for anyone with a serious interest in identifying plants. But, contrary to popular belief, mastering Latin plant names need not be intimidating more...
213GAR360DO 03/08 Mo 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known more...
213BOT308CO 03/09 Tu 5:00pm-7:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
For centuries herbs and spices have been prized not just for their flavors, but as state-of-the-art medicine. Learn about a variety of plants historically used for more...
213BOT346DO 03/13 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Historical bartenders and modern mixologists have long used a great variety of herbal and botanical ingredients to add flavor, body, and visual flair to drinks. Go more...
213CKG240O 03/18 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Freeman
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Knowing a little mycology (the study of fungi) can make you a better mushroom cook. This illustrated talk teaches basic mycology through the lens of your more...
213CKG230BO 03/27 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Bone
ONLINE

April

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known more...
214BOT308AO 04/06 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Witness the diversity of plants in the northeast as they flower and more...
214BOT333ABL 04/11 Su 9:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
As the mushroom season awakens, discover how and where to hunt for more...
214BOT330BL 04/15 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
OFS-BL

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Explore the myriad structures and life cycles of the vast diversity of plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria. Delve into the evolutionary reasons behind how and more...
214BOT317O 04/19 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Witness the diversity of plants in the northeast as they flower and more...
214BOT333BBL 04/21 We 9:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up more...
214BOT375ABL 04/22 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
BLENDED

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees more...
214BOT385CO 04/22 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest more...
214BOT326ABL 04/24 Sa 9:30am-12:30pm Schmiege
BLENDED

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
NYBG Ethnobotanist Dr. Michael Balick has studied the relationship between plants and people for over 40 years. Explore the basics of ethnobotany, supplemented by stories and more...
214BOT344O 04/26 Mo 5:15pm-7:00pm Balick
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Knowing a little mycology (the study of fungi) can make you a better mushroom cook. This illustrated talk teaches basic mycology through the lens of your more...
214CKG230AO 04/29 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Discover the power, the allure, and the science of psychedelic mushrooms. Food journalist and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia Bone, author of more...
214BOT302AO 04/30 Fr 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

May

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Botanical Latin is essential for anyone with a serious interest in identifying plants. But, contrary to popular belief, mastering Latin plant names need not be intimidating more...
214GAR360AO 05/04 Tu 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees more...
214BOT385AO 05/05 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Herrera
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats. The more...
214BOT376BL 05/08 Sa 9:00am-11:30am Hagen
BLENDED

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known more...
214BOT308BO 05/13 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
For centuries herbs and spices have been prized not just for their flavors, but as state-of-the-art medicine. Learn about a variety of plants historically used for more...
214BOT346AO 05/15 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Even as they were brutally forced from their homelands, enslaved Africans brought valuable medical and botanical knowledge with them to the Americas. Professor Carolyn Roberts highlights more...
214BOT288O 05/18 Tu 11:00am-12:00pm Roberts
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the dominant plants in most of the world's habitats today. Through laboratory demonstrations and dissections, examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and more...
214BOT431O 05/19 We 10:00am-12:00pm Alvarez
ONLINE

June

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. We will discuss the base-level chemistry more...
214BOT315AO 06/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Alim
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Did you know there are over 200 tree species growing on the streets of Manhattan? Learn to distinguish among the five most common genera and pinpoint more...
214BOT223AO 06/05 Sa 2:00pm-4:00pm Kaechele
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
As a pioneer in the field of plant communication, ecologist Suzanne Simard has spent a lifetime rigorously documenting the forests of North America and the Arctic. more...
214BOT814O 06/08 Tu 11:00am-12:00pm Simard
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Learn to identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as more...
214BOT334BL 06/10 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Holmes
BLENDED

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known more...
214BOT308CO 06/15 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

This class will meet outside on NYBG grounds; rain or shine. Registered students will receive more information regarding meeting location. Participants must follow current safety procedures.
From the field to the folder, this course covers the essentials of making more...
214BOT338 06/18 Fr 2:00pm-5:00pm Atha
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Discover the power, the allure, and the science of psychedelic mushrooms. Food journalist and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia Bone, author of more...
214BOT302BO 06/28 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Botanical Latin is essential for anyone with a serious interest in identifying plants. But, contrary to popular belief, mastering Latin plant names need not be intimidating more...
214GAR360BO 06/29 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
ONLINE

July

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest more...
221BOT326BBL 07/07 We 5:30pm-8:30pm Schmiege
BLENDED

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Paleobotany, the study of plant evolution through fossil evidence, gives us insights into Earth's past and present flora. Gain a clearer perception about historical patterns of more...
221BOT434O 07/12 Mo 5:00pm-7:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees more...
221BOT385BO 07/13 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Historical bartenders and modern mixologists have long used a great variety of herbal and botanical ingredients to add flavor, body, and visual flair to drinks. Go more...
221CKG240O 07/13 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Freeman
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known more...
221BOT308DO 07/15 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Knowing a little mycology (the study of fungi) can make you a better mushroom cook. This illustrated talk teaches basic mycology through the lens of your more...
221CKG230BO 07/31 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Bone
ONLINE

August

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known more...
221BOT308EO 08/03 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Chanterelles, Milk Caps, Black Trumpets, Boletes of all kinds, and many more...
221BOT356BL 08/05 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
OFS-BL

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Did you know there are over 200 tree species growing on the streets of Manhattan? Learn to distinguish among the five most common genera and pinpoint more...
221BOT223BO 08/06 Fr 2:00pm-4:00pm Kaechele
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Discover the power, the allure, and the science of psychedelic mushrooms. Food journalist and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia Bone, author of more...
221BOT302CO 08/26 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Bone
ONLINE