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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Registration Starts Dec. 1

Planning a Birding Vacation
with Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient – MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday, January 7th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 101
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members
Limit: 20

Washington state has some great bird watching, but there are a huge number of North American species that don’t make it up to the Pacific Northwest.  If you’re ever wanted to travel to see Painted Buntings, Greater Roadrunners, Snail Kites, or the myriad of eastern wood warblers, but were uncertain about how to do it yourself, this class is for you.  This course will walk you through how to plan your next birding vacation, from travel logistics to how to find and ID the birds you will see there.  Detailed sample itineraries will be included for trips to Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, and Florida.  Hans completed a North American birding “Big Year” in 2013, visiting 25 states and seeing 650 species.  He will include tips he learned about planning bird watching trips from this year of travel, as well as share some photos and stories.    


The Complete (almost) Western Washington Shorebird Identification Class
with Scott Mills and Mike Donahue
Lecture:  Saturdays, January 9, *16, 23, and 30, 9:00-11:00am
                *NOTE: The January 16 class has a late start: 1:00-3:00pm
Location:  2100 Building, Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Costs:  $100 members, $115 non-members

Limit: 40

Shorebirds are viewed by many birders as one of the toughest identification challenges.  This class will help you to identify shorebirds with confidence by using all the clues available to you including shape, voice, and habitat, as well as plumage.  Many photographs of various plumages of each species and mixed flocks will be shown and participants will have multiple opportunities to practice identification on "virtual" fieldtrips.  Much information is presented in this class and it is most suitable for people with some basic birding skills.


On Your Toes and Fill the Bill: the anatomy and adaptations of birds' feet and bills
with Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lecture and Demonstration: Monday, January 11th and Wednesday, January 13th (sign up for the both classes or just one), 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Cost: $50 for both or $30 per class (Members), $75 for both or $45 per class (Non-members).  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
This two-part class discusses the specialized "tools" that birds have developed to forage, fight, and otherwise care for themselves and their young: namely, their feet and their bills. Join nature author and master birder Connie Sidles as she takes us through the adaptations that birds have evolved to fill niches on air, land, and sea. Not to put words in her mouth or get off on the wrong foot, but Connie believes this class will show you a whole new way to observe birds in nature. Step lively, put your best foot forward, and lick your chops - you'll never watch birds the same way again.


Owls of Washington
with Jamie Acker, owler, educator and researcher
Class:  Saturday, January 30th, 1:00-4:00pm
Location:  2100 Building, Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field Trips:  Sunday January 31st & Saturday February 13th (choose 1).  (Alternate date in the event of inclement weather: February 14th)
Field Trip directions: Take the 2:10 am Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry Sunday morning (two hours after midnight Saturday), and meet the instructor on Bainbridge Island.
Cost for lecture and field trip: $75 members, $90 nonmembers.
Cost for lecture only: $50 members, $65 nonmembers.
Limit:  20 for lecture and field trip (10 per field trip.) 10 for lecture only.  Adults only.

Participants in this class will learn many intriguing facts about the 14 species of NW owls. You will also be introduced to the art of owling via a multimedia presentation and lecture.
At time of registration participants may choose one of two field trips to Bainbridge Island, where Barred Owls and Northern Saw-whet owls should be found and other species are possible.  Participants will be responsible for providing their transportation; options for carpooling will be organized at time of lecture.


Nature Photography at Padilla Bay
with Paul Bannick, award-winning photographer and author of The Owl and the Woodpecker
Lecture and field instruction: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Breazeale Interpretive Center at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon. (Please bring a WA State Discover Pass if you have one.)
Cost: $100 member, $115 non-member
Limit: 40

With the publication of The Owl and the Woodpecker, Paul Bannick was established as one of the leading wildlife photographers in America.  Paul was the sole photographer for two recent books and his photography was featured prominently I recent guides by Peterson, Smithsonian, Audubon and National Wildlife Federation.  His work has also been featured in publications by National Geographic, Audubon, New York Times, Nature’s Best Photography and many more.
In this field-based class, Paul will explain the techniques, strategies, and equipment used to make iconic images. Based at the Padilla Bay Reserve and the West 90 WDFW site, the class will include classroom time and lots of time in the field. Target birds include falcons, waterfowl, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl, and possibly a Snowy Owl! If the birds are shy, Paul will spend more time working one-on-one with students.
To get the most out of the class, you need a telephoto lens and should be comfortable adjusting the exposure, shutter speed, and shooting mode settings on your camera.


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 February 11, 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.


Birding 101
with Jack Stephens & Barry Levine, Master Birders
Lectures: Thursdays, February 25 and March 3, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle 98103
Field Trip: Saturday, February 27 or March 5 (sign up at first lecture)
Cost: $65 members, $80 non-members

Limit: 22 (11 per field trip)

Join Jack and Barry for a fun-filled and innovative approach to birds and birding. The class will incorporate sight, sounds, and habitat to create a holistic approach to learning. The instructors’ goal is to pique your interest and motivate you to explore one of the world's most loved hobbies. A local field trip will provide time in the field to ask questions and sharpen your skills.

*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.