Pre-registration is required for all classes.
Call the 206-523-4483 between 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday to register. Also see Class FAQs for more information.
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Birding by Ear – Learning Northwest Bird Voices
with Bob Sundstrom, Professional Birding Tour Leader & BirdNote Lead Writer
Tune up your ears in this popular class and get a handle on bird songs. Ideal for new birding-by ear students or veterans who want an intensive refresher, this birding by ear class will help you identify reclusive birds, fast birds like swifts and swallows, and is nearly essential for distinguishing birds that look very similar. Field trips cover a variety of habitats within 100 miles of Seattle. For beginner/intermediate birders and veterans who want an intensive refresher. Two evening lectures are included when you register for one or both of the two different full-day field trips. Carpool information and meeting location will be given in class.
Lectures: Tuesday, April 30 & Wednesday, May 8, 7-9 pm
Location: The 2100 Building
Field Trip #1: Thursday, May 16 – south Puget Sound FILLED
Field Trip #2: Wednesday, June 12 – east of the Cascades STILL ROOM - SIGN UP NOW
Cost: Two lectures & one field trip - $100 member, $115 non-member
Two lectures & BOTH field trips - $175 member, $190 non-member
Limit: 18 per field trip
Birding 201 (Intermediate Birding)
with Barry Levine, Master Birder
Interested in taking one of the world’s favorite hobbies to the next level? We will take a holistic approach to learning about birds by incorporating information about plumage, behavior, vocalizations, beaks, feet, and habitat to create an interactive and innovative classroom experience. Barry will lead a local field trip that will provide time in a variety of habitats to ask questions and sharpen your skills. Field trip sign-up, carpool information, and meeting location will be covered in class.
Lectures: Wednesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 16, 7-9 pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building, Room 6
Field trips: Saturday, May 11 or 18
Cost: $50 member; $65 non-member
Limit: 22 (11 per field trip)
Attracting Birds to Your Yard
with Neil Zimmerman, Seattle Audubon Outreach Chair and Master Birder
Learn how to create a bird friendly habit while also enhancing the beauty of your yard. Habitat creating strategies covered include placement and maintenance of bird feeders and nest boxes, plant selection, and using water features.
Lecture: Wednesday, July 17, 7-9 pm
Location: Seattle Audubon Center at Carkeek Park
Cost: $20 members; $35 non-members
with Mike Donahue, Gull Expert and Pelagic Guide
The west coast of North America offers some of the best opportunities to observe seabirds anywhere in the world. The rich waters 20-40 miles offshore support a diversity of species (albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and jaegers) that spend much of the year at the edge of the continental shelf. Class lectures focus on natural history and identification of these fascinating seabirds and how to prepare for a pelagic trip. You’ll have the chance to practice what you’ve learned with the optional one-day pelagic trip that departs from Westport, WA.
Lecture: Wednesdays, July 24 & 31, 7-9 pm
Location: The 2100 Building, Board Room
Cost: $50 members; $65 nonmembers
Limit: 25 for the lecture
Optional field trip with Mike Donahue: Westport Seabirds has reserved 10 spaces for registered class members on their Sunday, August 4 trip. Contact Mike Donahue at (206)290-8294 or email@example.com to register for this pelagic trip after registering for the lectures. Can’t make it August 4th? Other dates are available independently through Westport Seabirds. Dates, cost and departure information are available at www.westportseabirds.com
with Carleen Zimmerman, Artist, Seattle Urban Sketcher
Join us as we explore the various habitats of Carkeek Park and practice techniques for artistically recording observations in the woods, wetlands, beach and urban setting. Bring your portable art supplies for sketching "on the go" (this is not a studio art class.) No artistic skill required, just a zest for exploring and sharing! Suggested equipment: portable art supplies, sketch pad, day pack, stool or pad to sit on, binoculars, sunscreen, hat, lunch, water bottle.
Lecture: Saturday, August 10, 10am-2pm
Location: Main entrance of Seattle Audubon Center at Carkeek Park
Cost: $20 members, $35 nonmembers
*Seattle Audubon classes can be held at four different locations. Please be sure to check where your class will be held. Here are the directions:
Seattle Audubon Center at Carkeek Park
Seattle Audubon Center at Carkeek Park is located on NW Carkeek Park Rd.Take Exit 173 to Northgate Way and turn west.Cross Meridian;Northgate Way becomes NW 105th Street. Cross Aurora Ave. N (Highway 99);Turn right on Greenwood Ave N.Turn left on NW 110th St (look for the crosswalk lights above the street). After 6 blocks, NW 110th Street becomes NW Carkeek Park Rd. NW Carkeek Park Rd. winds down into the valley for 1/2 mile to the park entrance.Watch for the Park Department rainbow sign on your left.To find the Seattle Audubon Center, take an immediate right just inside the park.
The Center of Urban Horticulture
CUH is located at the 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98195. Take the Montlake Boulevard exit and drive north on Montlake Boulevard. Stay to the right as you cross the bridge and pass Husky Stadium. At the five-way intersection of N.E. 45th and Mary Gates Memorial Drive, turn right onto Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Continue to the bend in the road where Mary Gates Drive becomes N.E. 41st St. The center is on your right. NHS Hall and Isaacson Hall are in the first complex of buildings. Douglas Classroom adjacent to the greenhouse.
The 2100 Building
The 2100 Building is located at 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, 98144. To get there from I-5: Take I-90 East toward Bellevue / Spokane exit. At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Rainier Ave S. Bear right onto Rainier Ave S. Bear left onto S Walker St, and then immediately turn left onto 24TH Ave S.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
The Phinney Neighborhood Center is located at 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, 98103. To get there from I-5: Take the NE 50th St/NE 45th St exit. Follow the 50th Street off ramp, and turn west onto 50th Street and travel west about 1 1/2 miles to Phinney Avenue North (watch the street signs after 6 stoplights so you don't get in the wrong lane accidently). The arterial curves to the right and becomes Phinney Avenue North. Travel north on Phinney about 1 mile. When the road veers to the left, turn right instead onto North 67th Street (just before Starbucks). The upper parking lot, which serves the Blue Building, is the first driveway to your right.
The Lakeside School is located at 14050 1st Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125. Classes are held in the Allen-Gates Hall. From I-5 north or south, take exit 175 (NE 145th St). Turn west (left from northbound, right from southbound) onto 145th, and move to the left-hand lane. Go up the hill, and turn left at the first light (1st Ave NE). The Upper School campus will be on your left; enter via the second driveway. Turn into the main driveway from 1st Avenue NE, and then take an immediate right followed by an immediate left. Parking is located in front of Allen-Gates Hall.