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.


July

Learn to measure and monitor the ecological diversity observed and celebrated in and around New York City environs. Practice using field techniques for recording observations in nature while walking along trails in the Garden. Explore the biodiversity within your chosen more...
231NAT323 07/06 We 9:00am-12:00pm Slowik
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Learn how to identify this unique order of insects as they take to the skies in early summer. Study their biology, behavior, habitat associations, and more...
231NAT311O 07/11 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Wells
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...
231BOT385BO 07/12 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
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...
231BOT308CO 07/15 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

NYBG's lush grounds and various habitats provide a remarkable opportunity to observe and study butterflies. Join naturalist Ken Chaya in search of a wide variety of colorful butterflies known to feast on summer flowers in ourarea. You'll learn how field more...
231NAT328 07/23 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Celebrate National Moth Week with its co-founder Elena Tartaglia! She'll detail the essential roles that moths play in ecosystems as pollinators, links in food webs, and more...
231NAT348O 07/25 Mo 6:30pm-7:30pm Tartaglia
ONLINE

August

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...
231BOT308DO 08/02 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

Class will take place outside on NYBG grounds and follow current safety procedures. Registered students will be sent information regarding meeting location and log-in information.
The fascinating lives of bats are revealed courtesy of J. Alan Clark, more...
231NAT329A 08/09 Tu 6:30pm-8:30pm Clark, Ph. D.
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Study the crucial role birds, insects, and bats play in local ecosystems. Using gorgeous photographs taken over years of field study, expert naturalist Alan Wells discusses more...
231NAT325O 08/11 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Wells
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.
Discover tips and tricks for finding and capturing pollinators in action, as more...
231NAT335BL 08/13 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Chaya
BLENDED

September

Focus on the unique ecologies of the freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, and rocky shores of the tri-state area, including the rare, threatened, and endangered species that live there. You'll also study how soils, plants, and animals are adapting to urban more...
231NAT334BL 09/07 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Swadek
OFS-BL

Class will take place outside on NYBG grounds and follow current safety procedures. Registered students will be sent information regarding meeting location and log-in information.
The fascinating lives of bats are revealed courtesy of J. Alan Clark, more...
231NAT329B 09/08 Th 6:30pm-8:30pm Clark, Ph. D.
NYBG

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...
231BOT308EO 09/13 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

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...
231BOT368 09/14 We 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

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...
231BOT331ABL 09/15 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED
231BOT331BBL 09/17 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, more...
231BOT315B 09/21 We 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer
NYBG

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...
231BOT317BO 09/21 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Kutos
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.
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up more...
231BOT375BBL 09/21 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
BLENDED

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. With its wide variety of habitats and its position on the more...
231NAT321BL 09/27 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
BLENDED