Botany Certificate Classes

The NYBG Botany Certificate Program is designed to deepen a student's scientific understanding of the plant kingdom. Students engage in subjects such as native flora, ethnobotany, ecology, and botanical nomenclature. Courses reflect the Garden's strengths in botanical science research, as well as its world-famous and unequalled resources—the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, housing some 7.4 million dried plant specimens, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, with its collection of more than one million cataloged items and 11 million archival documents.

During the course of the program, students will come to know plants: how they function, grow, develop, and reproduce; and learn to identify a wide array of plants by stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits.

Click here for an overview of the required courses and electives.

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Classes

June
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.

06/02 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Nguyen
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...
06/07 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Kutos
NYBG
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 and more...
06/22 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
August
Join Dr. Roy Halling, NYBG's Curator of Mycology, on an insider's tour of the Thain Family Forest. A widely published expert on mushrooms around the world (and featured on the podcast Radio Lab!), Dr. Halling will discuss how mushrooms contribute more...
08/10 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Halling, Ph.D.
NYBG
Take advantage of this special opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of mosses with Dr. Keith Bowman, who studied and co-taught with esteemed bryologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer. Use microscopes to observe how mosses differ on a cellular level. more...
08/15 We 10:00am-01:00pm Bowman
NYBG
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...
08/29 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Barnes
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...
09/04 Tu 12:30pm-03:30pm Rodrigues
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...
03/03 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG