Urban Naturalist Classes

In this teeming metropolis we call home, nature is all around us whether we pause to carefully observe it or not. Amaranth springs through the cracks in our sidewalks; migrating warblers rest in our parks; horseshoe crabs scuttle onto our beaches to breed. As a NYBG Urban Naturalist, you will have a unique opportunity to explore these diverse habitats while discovering the keys that unlock their many secrets. Enroll in a course for fun or pursue a Certificate.

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 class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Delve into the fascinating world of the creatures that make up 84% of the Animal Kingdom—what renowned biologist E.O. Wilson once called "the little things that more...
212NAT322O 10/02 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
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.
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.
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 class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
With its wide variety of habitats and its position on the Atlantic Flyway, NYC is a bird-lover's paradise. Over 300 distinct resident or migratory species live more...
212NAT321AO 10/06 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
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.
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.
Urban flora can be found growing in unlikely places, from city sidewalks and highway medians to lawns, and other man-made structures. Most of these plants are more...
212NAT332O 10/22 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Did you know that Blue Jays can mimic the cry of a Red-tailed Hawk? Train your ear to find them as well as other talented mimics, more...
212NAT341O 10/29 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
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

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 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 how urbanization is changing biodiversity, interspecies relationships, and even animal behavior, in the tri-state area and beyond. Liz Johnson, former manager of AMNH's Metropolitan more...
213NAT338O 02/25 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Johnson
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