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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

January
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...
01/25 We 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
MDTN
New Session Added! Thursdays, starting March 16, 2017

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 more...
01/30 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG
New Session Added! Wednesdays, starting Feb. 1, 2017

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 more...
01/31 Tu 05:00pm-08:30pm Alvarez
NYBG
  02/01 We 05:00pm-08:30pm Alvarez
NYBG
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. Learn more...
02/04 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Basch
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 in more...
02/23 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Lendemer
NYBG
March
Exploration has been at the core of the Garden's mission since its founding—and is more urgent now than ever in the face of global environmental change. This symposium focuses on the vital role exploration plays in understanding the entwined relationships more...
03/03 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Thiers
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...
03/04 Sa 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 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
NYBG
Presented by the Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Center for Science and Society of Columbia University

Humanity has reached a crossroads in the effort to combat climate change and protect biodiversity. As Earth's temperature rises closer to more...
03/09 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Naeem
Heise
Nagle
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...
03/13 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
New Session Added! Thursdays, starting March 16, 2017

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 more...
03/16 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm VanWallendael
NYBG
  04/04 Tu 01:30pm-04:30pm VanWallendael
NYBG
April
Have you ever marvelled at the chambers of a honeycomb, the twine of a vine, or the ridges of a seashell? Dr. Barbara Ambrose, Associate Curator of Plant Genomics, reveals how structure in nature is designed, engineered, and efficient. An more...
04/05 We 10:00am-01:00pm Ambrose
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...
04/06 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Atha
Alli
NYBG
Learn how to identify commonly seen birds and understand their roles in both natural and built environments. Discover their amazing physical capabilities, forms, adaptations, and habitats... and find out who eats what—or whom! Classroom study paired with bird walks on more...
04/12 We 10:00am-01:00pm Day
NYBG
Globalization may be a current buzzword, but people and plants have always been on the move. Dr. Ina Vandebroek, Assistant Curator of Economic Botany and Caribbean Program Director, shares insights from her research on native and historically-introduced plants of Jamaica more...
04/13 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Vandebroek
NYBG
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, native plants make up the forests of the northeastern. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by their vegetative characteristics, using their scientific and common names. The focus is on both more...
04/15 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Kaechele
NYBG
As humans, we are deeply connected to the Earth. Explore this connection by learning how the natural world works, with an emphasis on geology, ecology, and the atmosphere, as well as how people impact the planet through population growth, industrialization, more...
04/19 We 05:00pm-07:00pm Yurgalevitch
NYBG
Our native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs signal rebirth in spring. Learn to identify them and become familiar with their structure and taxonomy. Take part in field walks and classroom sessions, and practice using taxonomic keys. Students are required to make more...
04/21 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
May
Survey diversity through the study of morphological, anatomical, and life cycle features of the major divisions of organisms traditionally grouped in botany. An introduction to the principles and mechanics of evolution and classification provides the framework for understanding how these more...
05/01 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
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. Learn more...
05/09 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Basch
MDTN
Learn how to identify commonly seen birds and understand their roles in both natural and built environments. Discover their amazing physical capabilities, forms, adaptations, and habitats... and find out who eats what—or whom! Classroom study paired with bird walks on more...
05/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Day
MDTN
Morels, though hard to spot, occur throughout the metropolitan New York City region, and spring is the ideal time of year to find them. Discover how and where to hunt for them, as well as a number of other distinctive more...
05/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Lincoff
MDTN
Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the dominant plants in most of the habitats of the world today. Through laboratory demonstrations and dissections, examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and vegetative plant parts, and learn about the development of these structures.
more...
05/17 We 01:00pm-04:10pm Alvarez
NYBG
Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats. The identifying characteristics of this diverse group of plants are often quite different from those of woody plants. Learn the fundamental herbaceous plant identification characteristics as well as some more...
05/18 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Hagen
NYBG
June
Learn to identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they appear in summer, and get to know plants that may be found in fields, on roadsides, and in woodlands and wetlands. Learn about basic plant structure, taxonomy, more...
06/09 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Lincoff
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...
06/11 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG
August
Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest ecosystem. Using the Garden grounds as a site for observation and field study, learn to understand the forces that shape our natural environment—the Northeast Woodland. Labs and lectures more...
08/23 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Burton
NYBG
September
Survey the major families of the angiosperms (flowering plants) and learn the characters and principles used to classify them. This course covers newly recognized higher order groupings of species, evolutionary trends in reproductive and vegetative structures, and recently reconstructed evolutionary more...
09/05 Tu 12:30pm-03:30pm Rodrigues
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...
09/12 Tu 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
NYBG