Urban Naturalist Classes

The NYBG Urban Naturalist Certificate Program equips you with the observation, identification, and documentation skills you need to become a citizen scientist and an effective environmental steward. Led by Nancy Slowik and a team of expert naturalists, you’ll use NYBG grounds and select New York City Parks as living labs to investigate the interrelationships between species and discover how our urban environment sustains those ecosystems. NYBG Urban Naturalists will learn to keenly observe the natural world using a variety of scientific tools. You’ll also create scientifically useful records—written, hand-drawn, and photographs—of your observations. Current NYBG Urban Naturalists are using the knowledge and skills they gained to develop their own projects, help manage invasive species in local parks, and document NYC plant species as volunteers in NYBG’s EcoFlora project.

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


Here in NYC, fall is the best time to hunt for edible fungi, including honey, oyster, and hen-of-the woods mushrooms. Paul Sadowski, 25-year veteran of the New York Mycological Society, shows you how to identify many species and their look-alikes, more...
202BOT368B 10/18 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski

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...
202GAR360B 10/24 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi


Share your passion for nature by learning to lead interactive walks that engage diverse audiences. We'll discuss how to break down complex ecological concepts into digestible pieces, as well as how to encourage participation while keeping your group focused. Build more...
202NAT324 11/03 Su 1:00pm-4:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.

A recent UN report predicts that climate change, invasive species, pollution, and other anthropogenic disturbances will have a disastrous effect on biodiversity worldwide. Any careful observer of nature in our region has witnessed significant changes to our local flora over more...
202HRT839 11/15 Fr 10:00am-3:30pm Tallamy
Sears, Ph.D.
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