Leading a local community in appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.


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

Spring 2018 CLASSES
Summer classes will be posted and open for registration on June 1, 2018

Birding by Ear for Beginners with David Droppers, Instructor for UW Biology
Lectures: Wednesdays March 14 and April 11, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Field Trips: Saturdays March 17, April 14, and May 12
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 5 in the Blue Building
Cost: $65 members, $80 non-members
Limit: 20
New to birding by ear or never thought you’d be able to learn bird calls?  Are you wondering what songs, calls, and other sounds can reveal about what’s happening amongst and around birds, and how can this enrich our human experience in nature?  During this class David will cover techniques for learning bird vocalizations, regional variations and other challenges, and how to continue learning about bird songs beyond the classroom.  The class, including field trips, spans the length of the spring migration season so that students have time to learn the vocalizations of residents and migrants, and provides time for practice and asking questions.  Appropriate for BEGINNER birders.

CLASS FULL - Please call The Nature Shop to get on the wait list.


Intermediate Bird ID: Common Birds of Spring with Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lectures: Thursdays April 12, 19, May 3, & 10 7:00-9:00p.m.
Field Trip: April 21 and 29 (+ optional/informal scavenger hunt on May 6)
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 36 in the Brick Building for April 12, 19 and May 3; Room 7 in the Blue Building for May 10
Cost: $120 members, $135 non-members*
Limit: 20
It's spring, and birds are on the move. If you're an intermediate birder who wants to deepen your skills, then this class is for you. Together we will learn about the common migrants coming to and through Seattle in the spring: shorebirds, warblers, vireos, swifts, tanagers, and flycatchers. We'll learn songs, plumages, and natural history so you will really *know* these birds.
In addition to four classroom sessions, Connie will lead one formal field trip to Bottle Beach and parts south, where you can observe the birds studied in class. We'll also go on a scavenger hunt, when we will divide into teams and search our area for targeted birds. Connie will also lead informal field trips nearly every Saturday, and the last Sunday of each month, when you can help tally shorebirds and conduct a site census of Montlake Fill (not Seattle Audubon affiliated) to document species diversity. Depending on demand and availability, we may also enjoy a session with the Burke Museum's study skins. Come see what spring has in store for us.  *Please bring $5 to the first day of class to cover the cost of supplies.  Approriate for INTERMEDIATE birders.

CLASS FULL- Please call The Nature Shop to get on the wait list.


10 Gateway birds of Seattle and how to find them with Whitney Neufeld-Keiser, Seattle Audubon Master Birder
Lecture: Wednesday May 9, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 5 in the Blue Building
Field Trip: (optional, to be organized during class) Saturday May 12, 8:00am-TBD
Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members
Limit: 25
Are you just beginning your life as a birder?  Not sure where to go to see interesting birds?   Or how to find them, once you get there?  Using 10 (or so) charismatic birds found in Seattle as examples, we’ll explore resources you can use to plan your birding excursions.  We’ll also talk through strategies for laying eyes on those feathered beauties and for then figuring out who you’re looking at.  Taught by a newly-minted Master Birder, who is still discovering cool places to go birding.  Appropriate for BEGINNER birders.

Register HERE


Identification of Common Conifers of Seattle with Van Bobbitt, Horticulture Instructor and Arboretum Coordinator at South Seattle Community College
Lecture: Saturday May 26, 9:00am-12:30pm
Location: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
Cost: $45 members, $60 non-members
Limit: 25
Conifer trees dominate both the natural and urban landscapes of the Puget Sound region. Learn to identify common conifers—native and exotic—using a simple botanical key. Then observe these conifers in the SAS native plant garden and the surrounding neighborhood. Students will be provided with several handouts to help them identify conifers. Students should dress for the weather—since part of the class will take place outdoors.  A small hand lens may be a helpful tool to bring to class.  Appropriate for all audiences.

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*Seattle Audubon classes can be held at several different locations. Please be sure to check where your class will be held.  Here are the directions:

  The Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98195.  The center is on your right when you enter the main driveway, and there is plenty of free parking available in the lot. NHS Hall and Isaacson Hall are in the first complex of buildings. Douglas Classroom adjacent to the greenhouse.

  The 2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, 98144. On-street parking is available in the surrounding area, and in a street-level garage accessed through the alley. There is also parking in the fenced area across the street from the building next to the pharmacy.

  Phinney Neighborhood Center
 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, 98103. The parking lot entrance is on N 67th St, and there is plenty of on-street parking.

  Lakeside School

14050 1st Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125. Classes are held in the Allen-Gates Hall. From 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.

  Wedgwood Presbyterian Church

8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.  Classes are generally held in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level; enter from 80th Ave NE. There is large parking lot behind the church and the entrance is on 80th Ave NE.

Wallingford Community Senior Center/Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle, WA 98103.  In the lower level on the north side of the Good Shepherd Center; classes are held in the multi-purpose room.  There is a free parking lot (entrance is on Sunnyside Ave) and free on-street parking.


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