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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October

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...
222NAT332O 10/22 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Slowik
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...
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
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