Plant Studio: Plant Science

This flexible online course will remain open for registration until 6 days after the course start date. Note the "Schedule" of each session for more information.
Do you find yourself daydreaming about the plants around you-wondering how they grow and thrive? Indulge your curiosity as we introduce you to the fascinating world of plant science, and the techniques our scientists use to study, collect, and conserve these incredible organisms. Topics range from the basics of plant form and function to plant life cycle and reproduction (think fruits and flowers!); captivating plant survival adaptations; and a look into the critical importance of biodiversity to the planet.

How It Works
Over the course of six weeks, you'll be given access to a new online module each Wednesday that teaches you the basic principles of plant science. You will have one week to complete the assigned coursework and participate in the discussion board for each module, and you'll get live feedback from your instructor when you turn in your final project at the end of the course. You can revisit the modules and discussion board for up to 30 days after the completion of your course.

Weekly Course Objectives
  • Week 1: Explore why we study plants and their major and unique contributions.
  • Week 2: Review plant structure and the lifecycle of a plant.
  • Week 3: Study plant reproduction with a focus on flowers.
  • Week 4: Dive deeper into plant reproduction, with a focus on fruit.
  • Week 5: Learn about plant adaptations; those that fulfill basic needs and provide protection.
  • Week 6: Survey current research about plant conservation, including work taking place at NYBG. Apply your knowledge by producing a full description of a plant species of your choosing, from root to fruit.

Featured Plant Professionals:
  • Regina Alvarez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at Dominican University New York
  • Jamie Boyer, Ph.D., Stavros Niarchos Foundation Vice President for Children's Education and Senior Director for Education at NYBG
  • Leslie Day, New York City naturalist, author, and science educator
  • Nina Naghshineh, microbial community ecologist and science educator

For more information about how Plant Studio works, view our FAQs.

Schedule: Course length is 6 weeks (September 4-October 16) and registration will remain open until September 10. The course welcome module opens August 28 and a 30-day reading period is available through November 15.
Instructor: Anna Bakis Anna Bakis
Location: Online-Flexible,

Session Number: 251PLT110
Price Non-Member : $650.00
Member : $585.00

Additional Sessions Available
There are currently no other sections available.