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.


August

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
The summer months bring forth a great diversity of mushrooms in the Northeast region. Chanterelles, Milk Caps, Black Trumpets, Boletes of all kinds, and many other more...
211BOT304O 08/05 We 10:00am-12:00pm Sadowski
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...
211BOT385DO 08/13 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Study the carbon cycle to understand how and why large natural ecosystems such as forests and oceans help mitigate the effect of climate change. We'll discuss more...
211BOT389BO 08/14 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Kane
ONLINE

September

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...
211BOT346AO 09/12 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Anthony
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...
211BOT315PO 09/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm 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...
211GAR360AO 09/25 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
ONLINE

October

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