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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FALL 2015 CLASSES

Registration for all fall classes opens on September 1

Introduction to Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest
With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient – MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Wednesday September 9th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 101
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members
Limit: 20
During 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 plumages, habits, and morphologies 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.
 
How Birds Live: 4-part series
With Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lecture: Tuesdays, September 22, 29, and October 6*, 13 (sign up for the series or just one), 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Cost: $65 for series or $20 per class (Members), $75 for series or $25 per class (Non-members).  *There is an additional $5 materials fee for the October 6 class.  Note:  Ms. Sidles does not want one’s financial situation to prohibit registration for this series.  The fees listed above are “suggested” prices.  If those prices pose a barrier to your enrolling, please call the Nature Shop to register and pay what you can.
Limit: 24 per class session
Do you like birds and want to understand their lives better? This series is designed to encourage beginning birders and non-birders to get out into the field and observe bird behavior without worrying about identifying this or that species. Participants will learn a new and different way of observing nature, one that helps make a direct connection with the wild.  Session topics include: How birds evolved feathers and flight (September 22); How birds find love and raise the kids (September 29); How birds find food (October 6); and What birds do at night, including migration (October 13).

Basics of Bird Photography
With Tim Boyer Professional Nature/Bird Photographer and Master Birder
Lecture:  Wednesday September 16th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:  2100 Building, Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Costs:  $40 members, $55 non-members  
Limit: 40
Learn the basics of bird photography.  Whether you use a digi-scope, a bridge camera such as the Canon SX50 or SX60, or a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras - the basic are the same.  Come learn the five most important pieces to capture in a successful bird image: Sharpness, Light, Borders and Backgrounds, Exposure, and Composition.   We’ll discuss how to get these five elements into every image and why it’s important to do so.  This class will be more about the art of bird photography than the technical aspects of operating your camera.

 

Seattle’s Historic Shoreline
With David B. Williams, based on his new book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography
Lecture:  Included during field trip
Field Trip: Sunday Oct 11, 10AM – 12:30PM
Location:  meet at 1st and Lenora and end at Occidental Park
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.

 

Introduction to the Sparrows of Washington State
with Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient – MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday October 1, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 101
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members
Limit: 20
Nearly 20 species of sparrows (and their close allies) call Washington State home for all or part of the year.  While they may appear at first to be a swarm of similar, nondescript birds, the different species of sparrows are actually quite distinct, with differing field marks, vocalizations, habits, and natural histories.  This class will focus both on identification and appreciation of this often overlooked group of birds.  This session is suitable for beginning and intermediate birders.

How to Find More Birds
With Mark Salvadalena and Mike Freund, Master Birders
Lecture: Wednesday October 7, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: 2100 Building, Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field Trip: Saturday October 10, 8:00am-noon.  Meet at Lake Sammamish State Park (Discover Pass required)
Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members
Limit: 20
Do you ever wonder how hotshot birders find so many birds? Of course they go birding all the time, but what methods do they use to find more birds? In this class, we will explore and learn about these methods. We will cover topics such as birding-by-ear, researching and preparing for a trip, and getting a scope on a bird quickly. On the field trip, we will split into teams and hone our birding skills by competing to find the most species. The focus of the class will be on finding birds in western Washington, and birders of all levels are welcome. 

 

Field Sketching Basics and Sketching in the Field
With Carleen Zimmerman, Master Birder, Seattle Audubon volunteer, Seattle Urban Sketcher
Lecture:  Thursday October 8, 7:00-9:00pm
Lecture Location:  Seattle Audubon Nature Shop staff room
Field Trip: Saturday October 10, 2015, 8:00-10:00am
Field Trip Location:  meet at Magnuson Park, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center
Cost:  $50 members, $65 non-members for lecture and field trip; $30 members or $40 non-members for lecture or field trip only
Limit:  12
Learn how to use art and language to record field observations, especially while birding.   Lecture will include tools, techniques, logistics, sketching exercises with bird skins, and watercolor basics.  Field trip will include sketching movement, like birds in flight or dabbling ducks on ponds, sketching habitats, and describing sounds with emphasis on birding by ear while sketching.  Artistic skills or birding knowledge are NOT prerequisites; no prior skills needed..   There may be some walking at Magnuson Park.
Suggested equipment:  Ask yourself: Will it fit in my pocket, be easy to carry, and not blow away?  The following will meet those criteria: A small sketch pad for pencil, ink or watercolor (5x7 is ideal), waterproof pen, pencil, portable watercolor palette, waterbrush (Kuretake round or flat tip is ideal and can be ordered online for $10 or less), watercolor pencils, rag or paper towel, small portable stool or pad for sitting on field trip.

 

Bird Photography with a DSLR
With Tim Boyer Professional Nature/Bird Photographer and Master Birder
Lecture:  Wednesday October 14th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:  2100 Building, Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Costs:  $40 members, $55 non-members 
Limit: 40
Learn how to create stunning bird images!  This class will review the top five elements necessary for a successful image (Sharpness, Light, Borders and Backgrounds, Exposure, and Composition) and then progress to the more advanced techniques of creating bird images.  You’ll learn various techniques for Portraits, Birds-in-flight, How to Anticipate Action, and How to Get Action into your images.  We’ll discuss camera operations in a general way so it won’t matter if you’re a Canon, Nikon, Sony or any other type of DSLR owner.  Emphasis will be placed on the creative opportunities available in your camera by mastering more advanced settings. 


*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.