Urban Naturalist Certificate Classes

The NYBG Urban Naturalist Certificate Program equips you with the observation, identification, and documentation skills you need to become an effective environmental steward. Using NYBG grounds and select New York City Parks, you will learn to keenly observe the natural world, create scientifically useful records of your observations, and investigate the interrelationships between species. NYBG Urban Naturalists work as environmental educators, help manage invasive species in local parks, and volunteer with our EcoFlora project to help document NYC plant species.

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August

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

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

Note the "Location" of each section, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? 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

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times to learn more about the native flora of the Northeast. Goldenrods and asters take center stage at this time of year, but can be difficult to identify. Equipped with a 10X power 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

From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up the forests of the Northeast. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by their vegetative characteristics, using their scientific and common names. The focus is on both more...
231BOT375BBL 09/21 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
BLENDED

Note the "Location" below which indicates if a particular class meets online or in person. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails will contain specific logistics.
Delve into the fascinating world of the creatures that make up 84% of the more...
231NAT322BL 09/24 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm 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. With its wide variety of habitats and its position on the more...
231NAT321BL 09/27 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
BLENDED
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