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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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...
04/04 Tu 01:30pm-04:30pm VanWallendael
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 your more...
04/06 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Atha
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...
04/15 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Kaechele
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
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
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.
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...
05/09 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Basch
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
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. Prerequisite: more...
05/17 We 01:00pm-04:10pm Alvarez
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. Michael Hagen, Curator of NYBG's Native Plant Garden and Rock Garden, more...
05/18 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Hagen
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.

06/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Nguyen
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
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
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
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
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