Certificate in Native Plant Studies Program

Adult & Family Classes | Discovery Field Trips | Children's Summer Camps

The Certificate in Native Plant Studies program has as its goal, to raise awareness of the importance of native plants and their value to our environment. Its curriculum consists of core classes, electives, field trips and volunteer service, which together provide a well-rounded education balanced among botany, taxonomy, ecology, conservation and uses of our native Southeastern flora. Classes are held at The Gardens and at other appropriate locations

Program events will be offered throughout the year. Students may begin their earning their certificate at any time, with any course. Certificates will be awarded to those who fulfill requirements within three years, however – anyone is welcome to register for any of the classes.


Click here for a PDF of brochure.

Click here to view some of the past class offerings in the program.

For more information about registration:

Contact 205.414.3950

For more information about the program:
Contact Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion at 205.414.3985 or jmanion@bbgardens.org.

Current Students: Volunteer Service Hours Form


Upcoming Classes, Field Trips and Volunteer Opportunities


NOTE: If you are unable to register using one of the Register Online buttons below, the class may be full,

contact Rona Walters at 205.414.3950 or rwalters@bbgardens.org.

Due to high call and email volume you should expect a response within 24-48 hours.


The Dynamic Autumn Forest (elective)
Instructor: Henry Hughes
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, November 15 | 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$40 Members | $45 Non-Members

During this class, which includes a field trip, we will explore the fascinating transition of a forest from summer to winter. Topics to be covered range from seed dispersal and conditions necessary for germination, to the mechanisms of fall foliage color change. Participants will learn how all these processes lead to the onset of winter dormancy - and ultimately to forest regeneration in spring.


Alabama’s Amazing Ecology (core)
Instructor: Scot Duncan, Ph.D.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, November 22 | 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$80 Members | $90 Non-Members

With sixty-four types of terrestrial ecosystems shaped by an unusual climate and rich geological history, Alabama's native plants number nearly 3,000 species. They are an important part of our state's biodiversity, which ranks fifth in the nation overall. This class explains how ecosystems work, reviews how they are classified and mapped, and gives an overview of the state’s ecological diversity. An easy hike through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens – with a focus on Alabama’s endemic plants – will illustrate many of the in-class concepts.