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.


March

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...
213BOT385CO 03/04 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm 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...
213GAR360DO 03/08 Mo 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
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...
213BOT308CO 03/09 Tu 5:00pm-7:00pm 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...
213BOT346DO 03/13 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
For years, botanical artist and two-time RHS Gold Medalist Lara Call Gastinger has captured the natural world in a "perpetual journal"—a book with a double page more...
213NAT356O 03/17 We 10:30am-12:00pm Call Gastinger
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...
213NAT332BO 03/25 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
ONLINE

April

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...
214BOT308AO 04/06 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
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.
Witness the diversity of plants in the northeast as they flower and more...
214BOT333ABL 04/11 Su 9:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
As a young enslaved girl in the swampy wetlands and upland forests of Dorchester County, Maryland, Harriet Tubman learned to navigate different ecosystems, mimic the sounds more...
214NAT361O 04/13 Tu 11:00am-12:00pm Crenshaw
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.
As the mushroom season awakens, discover how and where to hunt for more...
214BOT330BL 04/15 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
OFS-BL

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...
214BOT317O 04/19 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
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.
Witness the diversity of plants in the northeast as they flower and more...
214BOT333BBL 04/21 We 9:00am-12:00pm Slowik
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.
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up more...
214BOT375ABL 04/22 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
BLENDED

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...
214BOT385CO 04/22 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm 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.
With its variety of habitats and position on the Atlantic Flyway, NYC more...
214NAT317ABL 04/22 Th 9:30am-12:30pm Chaya
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.
Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest more...
214BOT326ABL 04/24 Sa 9:30am-12:30pm Schmiege
BLENDED

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...
214NAT341AO 04/27 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
ONLINE

May

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...
214GAR360AO 05/04 Tu 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
214BOT385AO 05/05 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Herrera
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.
Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats. The more...
214BOT376BL 05/08 Sa 9:00am-11:30am Hagen
BLENDED

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...
214BOT308BO 05/13 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm 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...
214BOT346AO 05/15 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the dominant plants in most of the world's habitats today. Through laboratory demonstrations and dissections, examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and more...
214BOT431O 05/19 We 10:00am-12:00pm Alvarez
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.
With its variety of habitats and position on the Atlantic Flyway, NYC more...
214NAT317BBL 05/26 We 9:30am-12:30pm Chaya
BLENDED

June

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 measure and monitor the ecological diversity observed and celebrated in more...
214NAT323BL 06/01 Tu 9:00am-12:00pm Slowik
BLENDED

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

Massive, charismatic deciduous trees-some more than 300 years old-are sprinkled throughout our woods. Ecologist Michael Gaige reveals the stories these "wolf trees" tell of settlers more...
214NAT345O 06/02 We 11:00am-1:00pm Gaige
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...
214BOT315AO 06/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Alim
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 identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as more...
214BOT334BL 06/10 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Holmes
BLENDED

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...
214BOT308CO 06/15 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
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.
Delve into the fascinating world of the creatures that make up 84% more...
214NAT322BL 06/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
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...
214BOT338 06/18 Fr 2:00pm-5:00pm Atha
NYBG

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...
214NAT341BO 06/23 We 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
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...
214GAR360BO 06/29 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
ONLINE

July

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...
221BOT326BBL 07/07 We 5:30pm-8:30pm Schmiege
BLENDED

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...
221NAT311O 07/12 Mo 10:00am-12:00pm 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...
221BOT385BO 07/13 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm 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.
Focusing on species commonly found in our region-from Giant Swallowtails to more...
221NAT336BL 07/14 We 10:00am-12:00pm Chaya
BLENDED

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...
221BOT308DO 07/15 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
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...
221BOT308EO 08/03 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
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...
221NAT341CO 08/04 We 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
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...
221NAT325O 08/11 We 10:00am-12:00pm Wells
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...
221NAT332BO 08/13 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
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...
221NAT329 08/24 Tu 6:30pm-8:30pm Clark, Ph. D.
NYBG