Online Courses for Beginners

Learn about bugs, birds, plants, kitchen gardening and gardening for wildlife virtually! Learn real facts, enjoy experiential learning, get outdoors on your self-guided field trips and get mentored online!  

These courses are designed for non-science professionals, so anybody with inclination towards nature could sign up.

We are offering these courses through our website. Registered participants will get access to the dedicated course pages and resources on this website.

Bugs for Beginners 2.0


Learn about Insects in just 6 weeks!

You may be a PHOTOGRAPHER who has been clicking innumerable insect photographs and struggling to identify them. You might be a TEACHER who wishes to take their students on a nature trail, yet when it comes to insects you are clueless what you are looking at or you might a STUDENT who wishes to take student project on insects but do not know where you start or you might be an ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR who need to keep a pulse on all natural history happening, yet insects continue to challenge you. In all possibilities our online course could help you to overcome these challenges. JOIN India's first crash course on Insects that is being offered through a virtual class. A blended course with field visits and online assignments.

Free Gift on Early Bird Offer

Course Structure

Course Duration:  Six Weeks (15 October 2019 to 30 November 2019

Topics: Six   Modules: 21   Time: 1 hr each module

Insects Around Us | Insect Groups | Insect Adaptation | Insect Homes| Insect Family Life| Insect Study

Study Resources: Six chapters, Three video lectures

Assignments: Six Field Assignments, Six Online Assignment, Three DIY Projects, Six Quizzes

Course Fee:   Rs.3500/- per head  (early bird  offer of free gift of hand held magnifying lens till  10 October 2019 )

Easy Payment Options are Available. Please contact for details. 


Six Outcomes in Six Weeks

By end of the course you will learn following:

1. Where to look for insects

2. How to locate them when they are in their element

3. How to identify insects (including juveniles)

4. What type of insect study resources is available

5. Who of Who of the Insect Sector

6. How to teach about insects



Our past students have benefited from the course in having  a systematic approach towards insect study. Some have used their insect knowledge for augmentation of your profession while some took up insect research projects. Some became good insect photographers. 

Course Faculty


Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi

Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi

Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi

Founder & Managing Trustee


Isaac Kehimkar

Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi

Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi

Course Advisor & Director


Priti Choghale

Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi

Priti Choghale

Course Execution & Project Officer

Gardening for Wildlife

Bug HOtel


As the cities are expanding and getting smarter, the natural spaces are shrinking and becoming fewer, we urban denizens could yet create spaces for wildlife to thrive into our small and big gardens. Interestingly metros and cities of India still host a wide range of wildlife that has mastered the art of living with us. 

We, therefore, designed the first online course in India on Gardening for Wildlife. The aim of the course is to provide ideas and tools on establishing gardens for wildlife especially bees, butterflies and birds.


Course Structure

Course Duration: 3 months

Course Topics: 6

 Introduction to wildlife-friendly gardens / Landscaping for wildlife / Plantation for wildlife / Caring for garden and Wildlife
Documenting Wildlife /  Garden Education

Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos, Google Hangouts with experts

Assignments: Online assignments (6),  (6), Field Visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3) and final exam (1).

 Audit/Credit options are available for learners. In case you find completing the assignments difficult you may choose to audit the course and we will provide you the certificate for the same. Credit means you will get grades based on your assignments and same will reflect in your certificates

Course Fees: Rs.6500/- per head


Course Takeaway Lessons

  • Learn about specific plants (indigenous/exotic/wild) that attracts wildlife.
  • Learn about wildlife that is adapted to city life and understand the importance of habitats.
  • Get equipped to deal with unwanted wildlife.
  • Develop handcraft skills in recycling household items.
  • Learn techniques of habitat monitoring and be a citizen scientist.

Where this learning could be applied? One could create such habitats in school backyard, college campus, public parks, institutional and company premises.

Botany for Beginners!



Did you know there are plants which never flower? There are plants which never grow leaves? Plants that are tenants? That you could hear a heartbeat of a tree.  Many more such trivias about the plant world will get unfolded in our unique course-Botany for Beginners.  

This is India’s first online course on Botany. It is purely meant for amateurs. It is 100% virtual course with real time field assignments. It’s a flexible course where all assignments are due during weekends. It is a well planned course where the learner could plan their personal calendar three months in advance! It is a graded course and offered on Moodle platform.


Course Structure

Course Duration: 3 months

 Topics: 9

Introduction to Plant Diversity |  Introduction to Plant World | Plant Families and identification tips |  Adaptation in plants |  Pollination Biology·  Threatened plants of India |  Plant Education (Plant study modules (garden, forest, wetland) | Citizen Science | Plant programmes in the country

Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos, Google Hangouts with experts

Assignments: Online assignments (6), Online quiz (3), assignment review​ (9), Local field visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3), and final exam (1)

Course Fees: Rs.6500/- per head


Course Takeaway Lessons


1. Plant identification Skill

2.Understand the role of trees in city ecosystem

3.Adaptations which are habitat specific

4.Learning about plantation

5.Develop writing and analytical skills by online referencing for scientific papers

6.Understanding of ecology through field trips (self-assisted)

Birds for Beginners!



India is home to an amazing diversity of bird species. We are blessed with more than 1300 species. Owing to the popularity of birds and bird watching around us we are happy to launch a short term online course on Birds for Beginners. Eminent ornithologists will be involved as experts for chats, field visits and study modules. It is a graded course and you will receive a Certificate after successful completion of the course.
As the name suggests, the course is suitable for amateur nature enthusiasts such as students, teachers and families. If birds excite you and you do not have any science background, this course might help you fuel your passion.


Course Structure

Course Duration:  3 months

Hours of study: 5-6 hours/week 

Course Topics Include:

Introduction to Birds  · Bird Body and Adaptation  · Bird Groups (Bird families, forest birds, grassland birds and waders)  · Bird Architecture  · Bird Breeding Biology ( Bird calls, egg to fledging journey)  · Bird conservation (Migration, Threatened birds, Conservation Projects)

Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos,  6 Google Hangouts with experts

Assignments: Online assignments (6), Online quiz (3), , Local field visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3) and final exam (1).

Course Fee: Rs.6500/- per head


Course Takeaway lessons


1.  Where to look for birds

2. How to locate them 

3. How to identify birds (including juveniles)

4. What type of bird study resources is available

5. Who of Who of the Bird Sector

6. How to teach about birds

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners


Kitchen Gardening for Beginners

Growing your own food is relishing nature’s bounties within your home environment. 

If you are lucky enough to live in an apartment/bungalow with a garden space or balcony, you may be able to grow a garden in part of the space. Interestingly, garden growing in the city is not as hard as it sounds. Ironically it doesn’t require a lot of space. You can easily have a container garden on your balcony or window sill. You might be surprised what you can grow in a container from vegetables, herbs, salad dressings to fruits. Your gardening efforts will most likely yield more fresh produce than you can handle. 

We will provide you virtual mentorship in establishing a kitchen garden at your place. The coursework will ensure that by end of the course we leave you with a functional and sustainable garden created just by you.


Course Structure

Course Duration:  3 months

Course Topics include:  

Essentials of Gardening / Building Garden Foundation            Selection of Plants /  Plantation Techniques / Garden Care /
Garden Education

Study resources: Six chapters with videos, 6 Google Hangouts with experts 

Assignments: Online assignments (6), Self guided field visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3) Final exam (1)

Course Fee: 6500/- per head


Course Takeaway lessons

· Learn the science of gardening

· Understand the food production cycle i.e. Cradle to Grave

· Establish a functional garden

· Engage family and friends in gardening activity

· Implement no food wastage policy in the family

· Increase green cover, control local temperatures and ease air and sound pollution

· More importantly gardening has therapeutic effect on grownups and excellent hobby for children

· You will be surprised to see how one small garden turn into a delight corner for entire family