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.


October

Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn of insect attacks) and transfer nutrients to one another through complex underground fungal networks (sometimes to assist sick trees).
232BOT385AO 10/11 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
232BOT308AO 10/14 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

In NYC, fall is the best time to hunt for edible fungi. Paul Sadowski, 25-year veteran of the NY Mycological Society, will lead a mushroom hunt, and show you how to identify many species and their look-alikes, where to find more...
232BOT368 10/15 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
MDTN

Learn to distinguish Manhattan's five most common genera and pinpoint particular species in this fun intro to tree identification.
232BOT223A 10/20 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
MDTN

Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body-from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit. We'll use dissecting and compound light microscopes to observe plant anatomy, then introduce the base-level chemistry required to understand the world more...
232BOT315AO 10/24 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Alim
ONLINE

November

Join NYBG lichenologist James Lendemer for an in-depth look at these important organisms, both in the classroom using a microscopes and on Garden grounds using a loupe. Find out how lichens get their color and how those colors can be more...
232BOT388 11/02 We 10:00am-1:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
NYBG

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
232BOT308BO 11/03 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

Discover the many herbs and spices prized for centuries to heal, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, flu, and more.
232BOT346AO 11/12 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

Paleobotany, the study of plant evolution through fossil evidence, gives us insights into Earth's flora, past and present. Gain a historical perspective on global diversity and climate change, and the origin and development of present-day trees and flowering plants.
232BOT434AO 11/14 Mo 5:00pm-7:00pm Boyer
ONLINE

Our lives on Earth are totally dependent on plants. As people start making plans for long-distance space travel, there is a critical need for technology that can bring life-sustaining plants along on the journey. Join Dr. Carl Lewis, Director of more...
232BOT825O 11/30 We 6:00pm-7:30pm Lewis, Ph. D
ONLINE

December

Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn of insect attacks) and transfer nutrients to one another through complex underground fungal networks (sometimes to assist sick trees).
232BOT385BO 12/06 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

Discover the power, the allure, and the science of psychedelic mushrooms, in particular the genus Psilocybe. Food journalist and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia, will discuss the biology of these potent fungi, more...
232BOT302AO 12/08 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Bone
ONLINE

January

In class and in forays around the Garden, you'll learn to recognize the winter characteristics of native and common woody plants by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks.
233BOT332 01/13 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
NYBG

Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn of insect attacks) and transfer nutrients to one another through complex underground fungal networks (sometimes to assist sick trees).
233BOT385CO 01/21 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body-from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit. We'll use dissecting and compound light microscopes to observe plant anatomy, then introduce the base-level chemistry required to understand the world more...
233BOT315BO 01/23 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Alim
ONLINE

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 data gleaned from his own fieldwork. Discover how selected plant resources are used by more...
233BOT344O 01/23 Mo 5:15pm-7:00pm Balick
McAlvay
ONLINE

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
233BOT308CO 01/24 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

Among Earth's most amazing and oldest living organisms, lichens grow on bark, rock, and barren soil. They thrive in rain forests, deserts, the arctic-even environments simulating Mars! Lichens are sensitive environmental indicators, yet scientists are only just beginning to understand more...
233BOT313A 01/24 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
MDTN

While plants enjoy their winter's sleep, many fungi are active in forests and parks. We'll explore table favorites like Enoke and Oysters in class and in their habitats.
233BOT394 01/26 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

February

Embark on a historical odyssey that uncovers the botany behind how yams, heterotrophic eukaryotic fungi, potatoes, and sugar cane played pivotal roles in human history-from helping to save the world from dire illness to sending humans into space to making more...
233BOT207O 02/03 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Saidoff
ONLINE

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
233BOT308DO 02/04 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

Discover the power, the allure, and the science of psychedelic mushrooms, in particular the genus Psilocybe. Food journalist and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia, will discuss the biology of these potent fungi, more...
233BOT302BO 02/07 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

Growing plants without soil using hydroponics promotes rapid growth and requires less water and space than conventional gardens. Learn what systems work best, which plants to choose, and how to ensure they get propernutrition. While our focus is on home-scale more...
233HRT141O 02/07 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
ONLINE

"As a community, we have the power to choose the food on our table."

Valerie Segrest is dedicated to making sure tribal communities throughout North America can access traditional foods. In this inspiring talk, she discusses the many food sovereignty more...
233BOT809O 02/09 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Segrest
ONLINE

Among Earth's most amazing and oldest living organisms, lichens grow on bark, rock, and barren soil. They thrive in rain forests, deserts, the arctic-even environments simulating Mars! Lichens are sensitive environmental indicators, yet scientists are only just beginning to understand more...
233BOT313B 02/16 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
NYBG

Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body-from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit. We'll use dissecting and compound light microscopes to observe plant anatomy, then introduce the base-level chemistry required to understand the world more...
233BOT315CO 02/21 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

Discover the magic of the Costa Rican rain forest and how its diverse world of plants, insects, vertebrates, and fungi are vital to its survival, which in turn affects the weather patterns of the entire world. We'll cover the intricacies more...
233BOT358 02/22 We 10:00am-12:00pm Brown
NYBG

Learn to distinguish Manhattan's five most common genera and pinpoint particular species in this fun intro to tree identification.
233BOT223BO 02/25 Sa 2:00pm-4:00pm Kaechele
ONLINE

Scientists have engineered so many new products from mycelium that Scientific American heralds the dawn of the "Mycelium Revolution" and Harper's Bazaar dubs fungi "The Future of Fashion." Explore how scientists have harnessed mycelium's ability to create complex structures that more...
233BOT349O 02/28 Tu 6:00pm-7:30pm Michelotti
ONLINE

March

Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn of insect attacks) and transfer nutrients to one another through complex underground fungal networks (sometimes to assist sick trees).
233BOT385DO 03/02 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
233BOT308EO 03/04 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

Discover the many herbs and spices prized for centuries to heal, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, flu, and more.
233BOT346BO 03/04 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

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...
233GAR360O 03/13 Mo 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
ONLINE

We will cover the role of plant hormones in growth and development, as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic).
233BOT316 03/15 We 4:00pm-7:00pm Alvarez
NYBG

Paleobotany, the study of plant evolution through fossil evidence, gives us insights into Earth's flora, past and present. Gain a historical perspective on global diversity and climate change, and the origin and development of present-day trees and flowering plants.
233BOT434BO 03/23 Th 5:00pm-7:00pm Boyer
ONLINE

April

Learn to identify the native and naturalized trees, shrubs, and woody vines of the Northeast by their vegetative characteristics using their scientific and common names. You'll also hone your ability to use taxonomic keys and field guides.
234BOT375BL 04/11 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
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