Class Schedule  

Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Call The Nature Shop 206-523-4483 between 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday to register. Or register online here. Also see Class FAQs for more information. 

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 Current Offerings:

 For a PDF of current Seattle Audubon classes (and field trips), click here


SUMMER CLASSES


Introduction to Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest - SECOND SESSION ADDED
with Hans de Grys,
Chemistry Teacher, Lakeside School, Master Birder and Recipient, MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Original Lecture:
Thursday, August 28; 7 - 9pm - FULL
NEWLY ADDED Lecture: Thursday, Sept. 4; 7-9pm - FULL
Location: The Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 101
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members 
Limit: 20

During the late summer and early fall, dozens of species of sandpipers, plovers, and other shorebirds pass through Washington on their way to their southern wintering grounds.  Their varying plumage, habits, and morphology make them an interesting and challenging group for birders.  This class will focus on the identification, behavior, and natural history of this diverse collection of birds.  This session is suitable for beginning and intermediate birders.

FALL CLASSES
Registration starts Sept. 2

Beginning Nature Photography
with Brendan McGarry, Natural History Photographer and Writer
Class:  Thursday, Oct. 23, 7-9pm
Location:  Phinney Neighborhood Center, room 3
Field Trip:  Saturday, Oct. 25
Cost:  $40 members, $55 non-members
Limit: 20
 Everyone has a camera these days, but do you actually know how to use your camera to get the best nature images you can? The goal of this course is to get you off of automatic mode by learning the basics of photography, allowing you to use the sophisticated technology most digital cameras have these days. There will be additional discussion of good field techniques as well. All types of cameras are welcome, but a camera that has some manual capabilities is preferred (ability to manually change aperture, shutter speed, etc). Point and shoot cameras are fine (but no iPhones). There will be one classroom lecture and a half day field trip to a local natural area (likely the Montlake Fill). The beginning lecture is meant for people starting with a new camera or even no experience with photography at all. REGISTER NOW

Intermediate Nature Photography
with Brendan McGarry, Natural History Photographer and Writer
Class:  Friday, Oct. 24, 7-9pm
Location:  Phinney Neighborhood Center, room 3
Field Trip:  Saturday, Oct. 25
Cost:  $40 members, $55 non-members
Limit: 20
Great for those who are taking or took Brendan’s Beginning Nature Photography Class last Spring. The intermediate lecture, will take you beyond basic settings and consider composition, creative choices. We'll discuss best practices for shooting specific nature images, spend more time considering gear, and discuss post processing of your images. All types of cameras are welcome, but a camera that has some manual capabilities is preferred (ability to manually change aperture, shutter speed, etc). Point and shoot cameras are fine (but no iPhones). There will be one classroom lecture and a half day field trip to a local natural area (likely the Montlake Fill). REGISTER NOW

Birds of Puget Sound
with Brian Bell, Master Birder, Author, Professional Guide
Classes: Saturdays, Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29
Location: See description below
Field Trip: included
Cost:  $80 members, $95 non-members
Limit: 16
Back by Popular Demand! Learn by doing! In this four-part course you will learn about basic principles, etiquette, field guides, equipment, and identification techniques for successful birding. For beginners, experienced birders, and people new to the area. Fall is a great time to bird in the Puget Sound. New topic each session.
SESSION 1: Sat, Nov. 8, 2014. Meet 7:30 AM at Marymoor Park, Parking Lot D. Basic Principles and how to choose binoculars.
Field Trip: Marymoor Park, over by noon.
SESSION 2: Sat, Nov 15, 2014. Meet 8:00 AM at the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot (UW campus). Presentation: Field Guides, bird publications and CDs.
Field Trip: Union Bay Natural Area (also known as Montlake Fill), over by noon.
SESSION 3: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 Meet 8:00 AM at Discovery Park Interpretive Center. Presentation: Identification techniques. Field Trip: Discovery Park, over by noon
SESSION 4: Sat, Nov 29, 2014 Meet at 8:00 AM at the NE 65th St. P&R. Presentation: Birding ethics and etiquette. Field Trip: To be determined, depending on birds of interest. Full day trip. REGISTER NOW

Seattle’s Historic Shoreline
with David B. Williams, author of Stories in Stone, and The Street-Smart Naturalist
Class:  included w/ field trip
Location:  northeast corner of Steinbreuck Park, in front of Cutter's Restaurant
Field Trip:  Saturday, Nov. 15
Cost:  $30 members, $40 non-members
Limit: 15 (a second session could be offered later that same day if the morning session fills)
The Protean Coast: Exploring Seattle’s Historical Shoreline -- More so
than most cities, Seattle has shaped itself to suit its needs. Seattle has
removed hills, filled tide flats, and created a completely new downtown
shoreline. On this 1.5-mile-long walk we'll explore the last vestiges of
the former downtown bluffs, trace the island where Seattle was founded,
and examine how the subterranean fill still affects the modern landscape
REGISTER NOW


*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:

  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.

 Lakeside School

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.

Environmental Learning Center at Carkeek Park

The Environmental Learning  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 Environmental Learning Center, take an immediate right just inside the park.