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.


May

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...
224BOT302AO 05/17 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

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...
224BOT376 05/24 Tu 11:00am-1:30pm Rossi
NYBG

June

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...
224BOT326BL 06/02 Th 7:00pm-9:00pm Gaige
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.
Learn to identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as more...
224BOT334BL 06/02 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Holmes
BLENDED

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...
224BOT346BO 06/04 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
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...
224BOT308BO 06/14 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Cappello-Ruggiero
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Many corners of our world still contain mysteries that scientists and naturalists alike investigate to understand more about life on Earth, ourselves, and our society. In more...
224BOT816O 06/14 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Araujo
Pollack
Lendemer, Ph.D.
ONLINE

July

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Farmers in Ethiopia are already experiencing the impacts of climate change through altered drought cycles and the increased presence of a variety of pests. NYBG ethnobotanist more...
231BOT340O 07/07 Th 10:00am-1:00pm McAlvay
Asfaw
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...
231BOT385BO 07/12 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

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...
231CKG240 07/13 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Freeman
MDTN

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...
231BOT308CO 07/15 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Emerging research suggests that mushrooms may be beneficial for brain and nerve health. Discover the properties of different species and learn where medicinal mushrooms occur locally. more...
231WEL181O 07/19 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Michelotti
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Have you ever wondered why a strawberry is not considered a berry, but a tomato is? Or what part of a plant is celery? Dig deeper more...
231BOT293O 07/21 Th 6:00pm-7:30pm Gibbard
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
A massively diverse group of organisms, fungi support and sustain nearly all living systems. They throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They more...
231BOT819O 07/21 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Sheldrake
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...
231BOT308DO 08/02 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
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...
231BOT302BO 08/04 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

Chanterelles, Milk Caps, Black Trumpets, Boletes of all kinds, and many other choice edibles make their appearance in the steamy summer months. Learn how to sort through this abundance with hands-on techniques and observations.
231BOT356 08/10 We 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

September

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...
231BOT308EO 09/13 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

Here in NYC, fall is the best time to hunt for edible fungi, including honey, oyster, and hen-of-the woods mushrooms. Paul Sadowski, 25-year veteran of the New York Mycological Society, shows you how to identify many species and their look-alikes, more...
231BOT368 09/14 We 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

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.
Autumn is one of the most spectacular times to learn more about more...
231BOT331ABL 09/15 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED
231BOT331BBL 09/17 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, more...
231BOT315B 09/21 We 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer
NYBG

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...
231BOT317BO 09/21 We 6:00pm-9:00pm 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.
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up more...
231BOT375BBL 09/21 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
BLENDED