Botany Certificate Classes

The NYBG Botany Certificate Program is designed to deepen a student's scientific understanding of the plant kingdom. Students engage in subjects such as native flora, ethnobotany, ecology, and botanical nomenclature. Courses reflect the Garden's strengths in botanical science research, as well as its world-famous and unequalled resources—the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, housing some 7.4 million dried plant specimens, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, with its collection of more than one million cataloged items and 11 million archival documents.

During the course of the program, students will come to know plants: how they function, grow, develop, and reproduce; and learn to identify a wide array of plants by stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits.

Click here for an overview of the required courses and electives.


October

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

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.
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.
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 Candee
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.
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

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