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.


October

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...
222GAR360AO 10/23 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
222BOT315AO 10/25 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.
Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest more...
222BOT326BL 10/30 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Gaige
BLENDED

November

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...
222BOT308BO 11/02 Tu 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...
222BOT346AO 11/06 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
ONLINE

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...
222NAT338AO 11/08 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Johnson
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Once the third-most common tree in New York, native hemlocks have been dying at an alarming rate due to the infestation of the hemlock woolly more...
222NAT327 11/18 Th 6:00pm-7:30pm Gabel
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...
222BOT385AO 12/07 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...
223GAR360BO 01/06 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
ONLINE

Learn to recognize the characteristics of native and common woody and herbaceous plants in the winter. While in their dormant, leafless state, trees and shrubs can beidentified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens examined more...
223BOT332 01/14 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
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...
223BOT308CO 01/20 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

From the field to the folder, this course covers the essentials of making museum- quality preserved plant specimens suitable for research, education, and decoration. Learn techniques and skills for collecting and preserving plants of your interest, wild or cultivated. Build more...
223BOT338B 01/21 Fr 2:00pm-5:00pm Samra
NYBG

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...
223BOT385BO 01/23 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Herrera
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...
223BOT315BO 01/24 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Alim
ONLINE

Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man's beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth's most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive more...
223BOT313A 01/25 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
MDTN

Even after many plants have begun their long winter's sleep, fungi are still very active. For some species like Velvet Foot and Turkey Tail, winter is high time! Enoki and Oyster Mushrooms can be found in our forests and parks. more...
223BOT394 01/28 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

February

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...
223BOT346BO 02/05 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Candee
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...
223BOT308DO 02/08 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Coyotes, bears, and deer are becoming an integral part of urban life due to the extirpation of their predators and conversion of natural habitats. We will more...
223NAT326O 02/09 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Herrera
ONLINE

Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man's beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth's most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive more...
223BOT313B 02/10 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
NYBG

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...
223BOT315CO 02/22 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

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...
223NAT338BO 02/24 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Johnson
ONLINE

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...
223BOT385CO 03/03 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...
223GAR360CO 03/07 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...
223BOT308EO 03/08 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE