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

September
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...
09/24 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Kutos
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...
09/26 We 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
09/27 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
In habitats from the tropics to the poles, the world's 14,000 ferns, horsetails, quillworts, and clubmosses are dynamic, and remarkable. Robbin Moran, NYBG Mary Flagler Cary Curator of Botany and President of the New York Chapter Fern Society, is your more...
09/28 Fr 09:00am-01:00pm Moran, Ph.D
NYBG
October
Here in NYC, fall is the best time to hunt for edible fungi, including honey, oyster, and hen-of-the woods mushrooms. Paul Sadowski, 25-year veteran of the New York Mycological Society, will show you how to identify many species and their more...
10/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Sadowski
MDTN
In their twin projects Mannahatta and Welikia, Eric Sanderson and his team have spent decades researching, mapping, and reimagining the diverse ecosystems that blanketed New York City before Europeans arrived. In this interactive workshop, you'll work with both 18th-century maps more...
10/12 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Sanderson, Ph. D
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...
10/15 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG
Here in NYC, fall is the best time to hunt for edible fungi, including honey, oyster, and hen-of-the woods mushrooms. Paul Sadowski, 25-year veteran of the New York Mycological Society, will show you how to identify many species and their more...
10/17 We 10:00am-01:00pm Sadowski
NYBG
A plant's morphology, or physical form, influences how it reproduces, feeds, attracts pollinators, and fends off herbivores. Former NYBG Botany Program Coordinator Susan Pell returns from the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C. to guide you through the Garden grounds where more...
10/27 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Pell
NYBG
What can a simple leaf teach us about the most efficient way to make a solar cell or a water distribution system? These are questions biomimicry seeks to answer. Explore how engineers and policymakers are creating solutions to human challenges more...
10/30 Tu 11:00am-02:00pm Dokken
MDTN
November
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...
11/01 Th 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
What can a simple leaf teach us about the most efficient way to make a solar cell or a water distribution system? These are questions biomimicry seeks to answer. Explore how engineers and policymakers are creating solutions to human challenges more...
11/06 Tu 11:00am-02:00pm Dokken
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...
11/28 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Alvarez
NYBG
December
For centuries, traditional peoples across the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the tropics have used resins from plants from the Burseraceae family—for illumination, rituals, fragrance, medicine, and even stimulating camel milk production. Douglas Daly, NYBG B. A. Krukoff Curator of more...
12/12 We 10:00am-01:00pm Daly, Ph.D.
NYBG
January
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...
01/09 We 05:00pm-08:00pm Atha
Alli
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 Th 05:30pm-08:30pm Alvarez
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...
01/11 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...
01/22 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...
01/26 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...
01/28 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG
February
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...
02/21 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
MDTN
For over a decade, NYBG scientists Gregory Plunkett and Michael Balick have worked with local communities—sometimes in remote island areas never before visited by botanists—to document nearly extinct languages as well as the plants used for food, medicine, housing, and more...
02/26 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Balick
Plunkett
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
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...
03/11 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...
03/14 Th 05:00pm-08:00pm Fusco
NYBG