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.


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...
222BOT385AO 12/07 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

For centuries, traditional peoples across the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the tropics have used resins from plants from the Burseraceae family—for illumination, rituals, fragrance, medicine, and even stimulating camel milk production. Douglas Daly, NYBG B. A. Krukoff Curator of more...
222BOT345 12/08 We 10:00am-1:00pm Daly, Ph.D.
NYBG

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...
223GAR360BO 01/06 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
ONLINE

Learn to recognize the characteristics of native and common woody and herbaceous plants in the winter. While in their dormant, leafless state, trees and shrubs can beidentified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens examined more...
223BOT332 01/14 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
NYBG

From the field to the folder, this course covers the essentials of making museum- quality preserved plant specimens suitable for research, education, and decoration. Learn techniques and skills for collecting and preserving plants of your interest, wild or cultivated. Build more...
223BOT338B 01/21 Fr 2:00pm-5:00pm Samra
NYBG

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...
223BOT385BO 01/23 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Herrera
ONLINE

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...
223BOT315BO 01/24 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Alim
ONLINE

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 photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic). All the basic chemistry needed to understand plant more...
223BOT316P 01/24 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm Alvarez
NYBG

Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man's beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth's most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive more...
223BOT313A 01/25 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
MDTN

Even after many plants have begun their long winter's sleep, fungi are still very active. For some species like Velvet Foot and Turkey Tail, winter is high time! Enoki and Oyster Mushrooms can be found in our forests and parks. more...
223BOT394 01/28 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

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...
223BOT302CO 02/01 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
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...
223BOT346BO 02/05 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man's beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth's most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive more...
223BOT313B 02/10 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
NYBG

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...
223BOT315CO 02/22 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223BOT349O 02/22 Tu 6:00pm-7:30pm Michelotti
ONLINE

March

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...
223BOT385CO 03/03 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
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...
223GAR360CO 03/07 Mo 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
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...
223BOT434O 03/31 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Boyer, Ph.D.
ONLINE