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.


September

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...
211BOT331BBL 09/25 Fr 9:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

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...
211BOT338 09/25 Fr 2:00pm-5:00pm Atha
Ahn
NYBG

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...
211GAR360AO 09/25 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
ONLINE

October

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...
212BOT326BL 10/03 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Schmiege
BLENDED

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...
212BOT317O 10/05 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Zumajo
ONLINE

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...
212BOT434O 10/05 Mo 5:00pm-7:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
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...
212BOT308AO 10/06 Tu 5:00pm-7:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for the first session and at Van Cortlandt Park for the second. Registered students will receive login instructions for the online portion. The exact meeting place for the in-person session will be shared more...
212BOT368BL 10/14 We 10:00am-2:00pm Sadowski
OFS

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...
212BOT344O 10/19 Mo 5:15pm-7:00pm Balick
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...
212GAR360BO 10/22 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
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...
212BOT302AO 10/28 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

November

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...
212BOT346BO 11/07 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
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...
212BOT223AO 11/14 Sa 2:00pm-4:00pm Kaechele
ONLINE

December

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...
212BOT385AO 12/01 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
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...
212CKG230O 12/01 Tu 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...
212BOT302BO 12/03 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Bone
ONLINE

January

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...
213GAR360CO 01/07 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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 recognize the characteristics of native and common woody and herbaceous more...
213BOT332BL 01/08 Fr 11:00am-1:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

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...
213BOT315AO 01/19 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Alim
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...
213BOT308BO 01/21 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm 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...
213BOT346CO 01/23 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Anthony
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...
213BOT385BO 01/24 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Herrera
ONLINE

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

The role of plant hormones in growth and development is discussed as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including more...
213BOT316PO 01/25 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm Alim
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for the first session and at Van Cortlandt Park for the second. Registered students will receive login instructions for the online portion. The exact meeting place for the in-person session will be shared more...
213BOT394BL 01/28 Th 10:00am-2:00pm Sadowski
BLENDED

February

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

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 more...
213HRT141O 02/02 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
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...
213BOT223BO 02/20 Sa 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...
213BOT302CO 02/22 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

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

Yams, pteridophytic ferns, cinchona trees, potatoes, and the American Southern Live Oak have each played a pivotal role in human history, helping to save the world more...
213BOT207O 02/24 We 10:00am-12:00pm Saidoff
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.
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.
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