Botany Classes

Do you have a desire to be closer to nature? Take a botany class and gain a deeper understanding of how plants connect us to the natural world and consider a prestigious NYBG Certificate. Botanical studies explore all aspects of plant growth and development, plant communities, and the role of plants in ecosystems. At the everyday level, botany can be your gateway to herbal healing, foraging for wild edibles, cross-cultural understanding, or just a deeper appreciation of nature’s seasonal beauty.

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Classes

September
Join the effort to save the monarch butterfly by learning to restore their rapidly declining habitat, one plant at a time. Learn to propagate milkweed from seed, since this native flower is where monarchs prefer to lay their eggs. Longtime more...
09/26 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Slowik
NYBG
The role of plant hormones in growth and development is discussed as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic). All the basic chemistry needed to understand plant more...
09/28 Th 05:15pm-08:15pm Alvarez
NYBG
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 or boring. Review the rules of taxonomy, Latin grammar, and pronunciation, and learn the more...
09/28 Th 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
October
"At my feet lay the Great Central Valley of California, like a lake of pure sunshine, forty or fifty miles wide, five hundred miles long, one rich furred garden of yellow Compositae." Conservationist John Muir illustrates how dazzling American flora more...
10/05 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Tarnowsky
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...
10/06 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
A WILDER WORLD: The Plants and Places that Inspired Laura Ingalls Wilder
Marta McDowell in conversation with Thomas Rainer

Wednesday, October 11
11 am-12:30 pm | Ross Hall, NYBG

The inspiration for Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House books more...
10/11 We 11:00am-12:30pm McDowell
Rainer
NYBG
Saving the American Ash Summit
Friday, October 13, 10 am-12:30 pm | Ross Hall, NYBG

In this landmark summit, experts discuss the natural and cultural history of the magnificent Ash-and the deadly crisis it faces today.

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10/13 Fr 10:00am-12:30pm Knight, Ph.D.
Church
Atha
Rosenthal, M.S.
NYBG
Michigan-based and nationally recognized Anishnabe basketmaker Kelly Church will show you how to create a traditional round-bottom basket out of black ash splints. Kelly is a featured speaker at our Saving the American Ash summit about the cultural importance of more...
10/13 Fr 03:00pm-05:00pm Church
NYBG
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, native 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...
10/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Kaechele
NYBG
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 why scientists have divided and classified these organisms. We will also discuss biomes and ecological more...
10/16 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG
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...
10/19 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Atha
Alli
NYBG
This introduction to herbalism covers herbal traditions and highlights specific, health- optimizing foods and plants. Study the medicinal properties of plants used for the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems, as well as best practices for cultivating, harvesting, and storing herbs. more...
10/19 Th 06:00pm-08:00pm Basch
MDTN
Labor Day through Halloween is the prime harvest season for wild mushrooms in the Northeast, and some of the world's most highly valued medicinal mushrooms grow right here in NYC! Join mushroom expert Gary Lincoff, author of the Audubon Society's more...
10/25 We 10:00am-01:00pm Lincoff
NYBG
The centuries-old botanical history of aperitifs and digestifs, from Chartreuse to Fernet Branca, stems in part from a monastic quest to divine an "elixir of long life." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of more...
10/28 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Arbor
NYBG
In order to propagate their species, all flowering plants rely on wind, water, or animals to carry pollen from a male stamen to a female pistil. But how reproduction in each species actually occurs differs dramatically. Some flowers have male more...
10/31 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Michelangeli
NYBG
November
Invasive Species Summit: Restoration and Long-Term Management, Co Presented with the Lower Hudson PRISM
Friday, November 3, 10 am-4 pm | Ross Hall, NYBG

Stiltgrass! Knotweed! Barberry! Porcelain-berry! A rogues gallery of invasive species is disrupting natural ecosystems and more...
11/03 Fr 10:00am-04:00pm Woodworth
King
Bushell
Arcate Schuler
Grover
NYBG
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 communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as more...
11/07 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Kutos
NYBG
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 first aid, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, more...
11/18 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG
The role of plant hormones in growth and development is discussed as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic). All the basic chemistry needed to understand plant more...
11/30 Th 05:15pm-08:15pm Alvarez
NYBG
December
WHAT PLANTS CAN TEACH US
A Talk with Robin Wall Kimmerer


Friday, December 1
10–11:30 am | Ross Hall, NYBG

As a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer blends science's polished art of more...
12/01 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Wall Kimmerer
NYBG
January
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 or boring. Review the rules of taxonomy, Latin grammar, and pronunciation, and learn the more...
01/09 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
NYBG
The role of plant hormones in growth and development is discussed as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic). All the basic chemistry needed to understand plant more...
01/10 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Alvarez
NYBG
America's astounding biodiversity still holds plenty of secrets, many of which NYBG scientists are striving to unlock. Join Matthew Pace, Assistant Curator of the Steere Herbarium, as he tells tales of modern-day exploration and showcases specimens of recently discovered species, more...
01/17 We 10:00am-01:00pm Pace
NYBG
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 be identified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens more...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
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 why scientists have divided and classified these organisms. We will also discuss biomes and ecological more...
01/23 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Barnes
NYBG
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 first aid, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, more...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Gordineer
MDTN
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. After an overview of microscope use and fundamental science in the first session, you'll use both dissecting and compound light more...
01/29 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG
The amazing explorations of the Age of Discovery led to a wealth of previously unknown plants-all of which needed to be accurately named and described for scientific purposes. Follow the Perry Expedition to Japan and Lewis and Clark's trek across more...
01/29 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
February
This introduction to herbalism covers herbal traditions and highlights specific, health- optimizing foods and plants. Study the medicinal properties of plants used for the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems, as well as best practices for cultivating, harvesting, and storing herbs. more...
02/03 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Basch
NYBG
Gain a basic understanding of the structure, growth, ecology, and evolution of insects and their role in human life. Learn how to collect, identify, classify, and preserve a wide variety of insects.

02/05 Mo 12:00pm-03:00pm Nguyen
NYBG
  02/07 We 12:00pm-03:00pm Nguyen
NYBG
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...
02/22 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Lendemer
NYBG
March
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 first aid, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, more...
03/04 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG
The amazing explorations of the Age of Discovery led to a wealth of previously unknown plants-all of which needed to be accurately named and described for scientific purposes. Follow the Perry Expedition to Japan and Lewis and Clark's trek across more...
03/07 We 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
NYBG
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 or boring. Review the rules of taxonomy, Latin grammar, and pronunciation, and learn the more...
03/12 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. After an overview of microscope use and fundamental science in the first session, you'll use both dissecting and compound light more...
03/15 Th 05:00pm-08:00pm VanWallendael
NYBG
HUMANITIES INSTITUTE SYMPOSIUM
March 22, 2018

With Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees In his best-selling book, heralded as groundbreaking by the New York Review of Books, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals startling new discoveries about how trees more...
03/22 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Wohllenben
NYBG