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.


April

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up the forests of the Northeast. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by more...
204BOT375O 04/18 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Kaechele
ONLINE

PLEASE NOTE: This class will begin online, though it may end onsite depending on how the current situation unfolds. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Explore the myriad structures and life cycles of the vast diversity of more...
204BOT317SO 04/27 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
ONLINE

May

Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats. The identifying characteristics of this diverse group of plants are often quite different from those of woody plants. You'll learn the fundamental herbaceous plant identification characteristics, as well as more...
204BOT376 05/05 Tu 5:00pm-8:00pm Hagen
NYBG

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 communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as more...
204BOT385B 05/06 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Barnes
MDTN

Study the carbon cycle to understand how and why large natural ecosystems such as forests and oceans help mitigate the effect of climate change. We'll discuss the ways in which natural climate solutions such as planting forests and enriching the more...
204BOT389 05/15 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Kane
NYBG

Taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed garden environment. After sampling and discussing an assortment of white and red wines, you'll have a better grasp of what it means for a wine to be called dry, tannic, fruit forward, or more...
204CKG235A 05/31 Su 2:00pm-4:00pm Brinkman
NYBG

June

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 plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
204BOT308A 06/16 Tu 5:00pm-8:00pm Bronson
NYBG

Learn to identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they appear in summer, and get to know plants that may be found in fields, on roadsides, and in woodlands and wetlands. Learn about basic plant structure and more...
204BOT334 06/19 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
NYBG

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 Mycophilia, will discuss the biology of these potent fungi, their cultural history, and contemporary more...
204BOT302 06/25 Th 6:30pm-8:00pm Bone
MDTN

July

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 beyond the garnish to explore the world of oleo-saccharums, infusions, simple syrups, and tinctures more...
211CKG240B 07/09 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Freeman
MDTN

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 plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
211BOT308B 07/11 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Holmes
MDTN

A world without trees is hard to envision, but a reality eons ago. What did Earth's first trees look like, and how have trees changed overtime? This course examines the evolution of arborescence, from the first fossil trees in the more...
211BOT311 07/11 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG

It takes some finesse, but we can help you build your confidence and ability with microscopes to view a variety of fungi and plant material. We'll show you how to adjust and calibrate the eyepiece, focus on both thick and more...
211BOT398 07/23 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Sadowski
MDTN

Explore how to grow plants without soil using hydroponics, which promotes fast growth and requires less water and space than conventional gardens. You'll learn what systems work best, which plants to choose, and how to makesure they get proper nutrition. more...
211HRT141 07/30 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
NYBG

August

The summer months bring forth a great diversity of mushrooms in our region. Chanterelles, Milk Caps, Black Trumpets, Boletes of all kinds, and many other choice edibles make an appearance. But many mushrooms also fruit that can cause problems for more...
211BOT304 08/05 We 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

Modern technology has vastly expanded our understanding of plant DNA-how it is structured, how it functions, and how it evolved. In this hands-on workshop, you'll perform basic DNA extraction under the guidance of Dr. Damon Little, NYBG's Associate Curator of more...
211BOT320 08/14 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Little
NYBG

Taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed garden environment. After sampling and discussing an assortment of white and red wines, you'll have a better grasp of what it means for a wine to be called dry, tannic, fruit forward, or more...
211CKG235B 08/16 Su 2:00pm-4:00pm Brinkman
NYBG

Take advantage of this special opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of mosses with Dr. Keith Bowman, who studied and co-taught with esteemed bryologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer. Use microscopes to observe how mosses differ on a cellular level. more...
211BOT310 08/19 We 10:00am-1:00pm Bowman
NYBG

Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest ecosystem. Using the Garden grounds as a site for observation and field study, learn to understand the forces that shape our natural environment—the Northeast Woodland. Labs and lectures more...
211BOT326 08/26 We 5:30pm-8:30pm Schmiege
NYBG

September

Survey the major families of the angiosperms (flowering plants) and learn the characters and principles used to classify them. This course covers newly recognized higher order groupings of species, evolutionary trends in reproductive and vegetative structures, and recently reconstructed evolutionary more...
211BOT432S 09/08 Tu 12:30pm-3:30pm Paradiso
NYBG

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 first aid, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, more...
211BOT346A 09/12 Sa 11:00am-3:30pm Anthony
NYBG

Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. After an overview of microscope use and fundamental science in the first session, you'll use both dissecting and compound light more...
211BOT315P 09/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Kutos
NYBG

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times to learn more about the native flora of the Northeast. Goldenrods and asters take center stage at this time of year, but can be difficult to identify. Equipped with a 10X power more...
211BOT331A 09/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
NYBG

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 or boring. Review the rules of taxonomy, Latin grammar, and pronunciation, and learn the more...
211GAR360A 09/25 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
NYBG

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times to learn more about the native flora of the Northeast. Goldenrods and asters take center stage at this time of year, but can be difficult to identify. Equipped with a 10X power more...
211BOT331B 09/26 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Holmes
MDTN

October

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 global diversity and climate change. Lectures and slides trace the rise and rapid evolution more...
212BOT434 10/04 Su 1:00pm-4:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG