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

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 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...
09/05 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
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...
09/25 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm VanWallendael
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
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
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
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
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