18 and older
Introduction to Natural History
Naturalists are keen observers of the world around them and have played an integral role in the evolution of scientific thought. Now you can be one too! Learn how to identify plants and animals using a 10x hand lens, dichotomous keys, and field guides.
We'll discuss ecological processes and how they are impacted by the urban environment. Significant time will be spent on outside, including tagging monarch butterflies in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Novices and seasoned nature-lovers alike are welcome!
Natural History of Birds
With its wide variety of habitats and its position on the Atlantic Flyway, NYC is a bird lover's paradise. Over 300 distinct resident or migratory species live here or pass through, including many nesting species such as Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Yellow Warblers, and Baltimore Orioles.
You will practice observing distinctive feather patterns, beak and body shapes, and evaluating songs and behaviors to improve your ability to identify species in the field and to use field guides effectively. We'll emphasize the role individual birds play in our ecosystem, while enjoying the unique nature of autumnal birding!
Native Flora in Autumn
Spend time surrounded by blazing fall foliage, as you learn to distinguish between the wide variety of our native Northeastern flora—both woody and herbaceous. Goldenrods and asters take center stage at this time of year, but can be difficult to identify. Equipped with a 10X power hand lens, you'll use a plant key to identify these plants on the Garden grounds, as well as other wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
School Notes: If you purchase the class using a CourseHorse promotion or discount, these discounts will not reflect on your NYBG receipt. Actual price paid will be reflected on your CourseHorse receipt only.
Refunds and Withdrawals
No discounts will be granted for missed classes. There are no refunds or credits once a course begins. A refund will be issued if your class is cancelled due to low enrollment.
If you wish to withdraw from a course before it begins, you must notify the Registration Office ten full business days before the first class meeting. We will issue a refund minus a $10 processing fee.
If you must withdraw fewer than ten days before the first class meeting:
- No refunds will be granted for: course levels 0–299 and 700–999
- A 75% refund minus a $10 processing fee will be granted for course levels 300–599
Please note: Floral Design materials fees will not be refunded fewer than five (5) business days before class begins.MAKE-UP POLICY
New York Botanical Garden do not offer make-up classes.