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

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...
211BOT385CO 07/15 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Barnes
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...
211BOT308BO 07/16 Th 11:00am-1:00pm Barnes
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...
211NAT341CO 07/18 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
ONLINE

August

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...
211BOT315O 08/03 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
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...
211NAT332BO 08/04 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
ONLINE

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...
211NAT325O 08/06 Th 9:30am-11:30am Wells
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...
211BOT308CO 08/11 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
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.
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...
211NAT341DO 08/15 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
ONLINE

September

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 first aid, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, more...
211BOT346A 09/12 Sa 11:00am-3:30pm Anthony
NYBG

Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. After an overview of microscope use and fundamental science in the first session, you'll use both dissecting and compound light more...
211BOT315P 09/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Kutos
NYBG

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...
211GAR360A 09/25 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
NYBG

October

The tri-state area contains many distinct ecosystems, including woodlands, salt marshes, meadows, and fresh water wetlands. Study the unique characteristics of local habitats and the species they support, paying close attention to interspecies relationships. We'll spend time on Garden grounds more...
212NAT337 10/03 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Risdon-Nugent
NYBG