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


Bats! For Birders

with Dan Hannafious, founding board member of Bats Northwest and naturalist for the Pacific Science Center
Lecture:  Thursday, July 10, 7-8:30pm
Field Trip:  Thursday, July 10, 9pm-10pm
Location:  Phinney Neighborhood Center (lecture), Greenlake (field trip)
Cost:  $35 members, $45 non-members
Limit:  25

This class will provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of bats, our unfeathered friends.  This evening class will include a fact-filled lecture followed by a night walk at Greenlake to observe and listen to local bats during their nighttime feeding forays.   The presentation will offer a broad overview to the bat world, and will provide information on our regional bat species.  The class will include discussions on conservation concerns, strategies for bat exclusion from homes, ways to attract bats to the neighborhood, and options for bat houses.  Dan is a local naturalist and environmental educator who has been providing community Bat Chats and Bat Walks for over 15 years. REGISTER HERE

Pelagic Birding
with Mike Donahue, Gull Expert and Pelagic Guide
Lecture: Tuesdays, July 22 and 29, 7-9 p.m
Field Trip: see below
Location:  The 2100 Building, Board Room
Cost: $50 members, $65 nonmembers  (Pelagic boat trip is paid separately through Westport Seabirds)
Limit:  25 for the lecture  (minimum 15 to run the class)

The west coast of North America offers some of the best opportunities to see 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 in the waters far offshore at the edge of the continental shelf. If you've heard about pelagic birding but wasn't sure what was involved, this is the class for you!  The class lectures will cover the diversity of seabirds that are found offshore, focusing on natural history and identification, as well as how to prepare for a pelagic trip.  Then practice what you have learned with the optional one-day pelagic boat trip that departs from Westport, WA. REGISTER FOR LECTURE HERE
Optional field trip with instructor:
*       Westport Seabirds trips can full up quickly. They have set aside 10 spaces for registered class members on their August 16 trip.  If you cannot make the August 16 trip, other dates are available independently through Westport Seabirds at the website listed below.
*       Contact Mike Donahue directly at 206-290-8294 or bfalbatross@gmail.com to hold one of these spaces on the August 16 trip after you register for the lecture.
*       Cost and departure information is available at:  www.westportseabirds.com

Stories in Stone - 2ND FIELD TRIP ADDED
with David B. Williams, author of Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the Citywww.geologywriter.com
Lecture:  No lecture
Field trip 1: Saturday, August 2, 10am-noon - FULL
Field trip 2: Saturday, August 2, 1-3pm
Location:  meet downtown at southeast corner of 1st and Madison (In front of new Federal Building)
Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members
Limit: 15 (we may offer a second session the same day if this one fills up)

Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks of Seattle, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story.  All one has to do is look at building stone in downtown Seattle to find a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics.  Furthermore, building stones provide the foundation for constructing stories about cultural as well as natural history. On this 1.5-mile long walk, we will explore stone ranging from 3.5-billion years old to 120,000 years old, limestone chock full of fossils, and rock used by the Romans to build the Coliseum. We will discuss history, geology, and architecture to give you a new way to appreciate the urban wilds of Seattle. REGISTER HERE


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
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. REGISTER HERE



 


*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.