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:

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WINTER CLASSES

Birding 101
with Jack Stephens and Barry Levine, Master Birders
Lectures: Wednesdays, February 25 and March 4, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N
Field Trip: Sunday, March 1 or 8 (sign up for one date at first lecture)
Cost: $55 members, $70 non-members; Lecture Only $35 members, $50 non-members
Limit: 22 (11 per field trip); 8 lecture only
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.
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SPRING CLASSES

Peacocks, Penguins, & Charles Darwin: Evolution for Beginning Birders
With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient - MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday, March 12, 7pm-9pm
Location: Lakeside School, Room Allen-Gates 101
Cost: $30/$40
Limit: 22

Why do peacocks have such fantastic tails?  Why are penguins white on their bellies but black on their backs?  Why are field guides organized with ducks in the front and sparrows in the back?  What did Charles Darwin really learn from the finches of the Galapagos Islands?  We will explore these mysteries and more as we learn the basics of evolutionary theory, with a focus on the evolution of birds.  We will examine natural selection, bird taxonomy, sexual selection, adaptive behaviors, and evolutionary developments in bird anatomy and physiology.  Bring your “why” and “how” questions about bird. REGISTER NOW


Washington’s Woodpeckers
With Brian Bell, professional birding and natural history guide with an extensive background in biology, geology and astronomy. He teaches ornithology at local community colleges and has birded extensively throughout the West and the United States. His enthusiasm and passion for birds will inspire you!
Lecture:Friday March 13, 7-9:15 PM
Location:Board Room, 2100 Building, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field trips: half day trip in Western Washington Saturday March 14; full day trip to Eastern Washington Saturday, May 9.  The trips will be organized at the class session.
Cost: Cost for lecture and field trips: $65.00 for SAS members, $80.00 for nonmembers. Carpool cost of $14 for gas and driving expenses to Eastern Washington should be paid to the carpool driver. The carpool cost for the half day will be $3. Cost for lecture only: $45.00 for SAS member; $60.00 for nonmembers.
Limit:Class limited to 20 participants, 15 lecture and field trip, 5 lecture only.
Join Master Birder Brian Bell to explore the world of woodpeckers in Washington. Twelve species inhabit our state from sea level to the boreal forests to the semiarid valleys of Eastern Washington. In class, we will view an illustrated presentation and discuss habitat requirements, examine seasonal distribution, learn identification tips, and listen to vocalization and drumming patterns. There will be a half-day field trip in Western Washington on Saturday, March 14th and a full day trip to Eastern Washington on Saturday, May 9th. REGISTER NOW

The Complete (Almost) Western Washington Shorebird Identification Class
with Dr. Scott Mills and Mike Donahue
Lecture: Wednesday, April 8th, 15th, & 22nd,  7-9pm
Field trips: No field trip
Location: Board Room, 2100 Building, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Cost: $75 member, $90 non-member
Limit: 45
Shorebirds are viewed by many birders as one of the toughest identification challenges.  This class will help you to identify shorebirds with more confidence by using all the identification 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."
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Feather Groups and Molt for Beginning Birders
With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient - MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lectures: Thursdays, April 23 and April 30, 7pm-9pm each night
Location: Lakeside School, Room Allen-Gates 101
Cost: $45/$55
Limit: 22
If you have ever listened to birders in the field, you might have heard mention of wing bars, the malar stripe, or upper tail coverts.  Birders have their own highly specific language to discuss the appearance and patterns found on birds, especially as they relate to feathers and feather groups.  If you've ever wondered where the malar stripe is, or what exactly the coverts are covering, this is the class for you.  We will look in some detail at the feather groups on different kinds of birds, from songbirds to hawks to ducks.  We will also discuss the basics of molt, and how and why birds' feathers change in appearance throughout the year.  This class will feature some lecture and some hands-on activities, including examination of bird study skins.  No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.
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Birding by Ear  - Learning NW Bird Voices
With Bob Sundstrom, Professional Birding Tour Leader & Bird Note Lead Writer
Lecture: Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday May 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Art Room April 28; Board Room May 6, 2100 Building, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field Trip:   Field Trip #1:      Sunday, May 10 – South Puget Sound
                   Field Trip #2:      Monday, June 22 – East of the Cascades
Cost: $100 members, $115 non-members, (for 2 lectures and 1 field trip); $175 members, $190 non-members, (for 2 lectures and BOTH field trips)
Limit: 18 per field trip
Tune up your ears and get a handle on bird songs in this popular class. Birding by ear improves the ability to identify birds and to know when a less common bird is close by. Ideal for students new to birding-by-ear or veterans who want an intensive refresher. Day-long field trips offer intensive experience listening to birds and cover a variety of habitats within 100 miles of Seattle. The class includes two evening lectures and your choice of either one or two of the day-long field trips.
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Birding by Shape
with Dr. Scott Mills, Bird Guide and Field Trip Leader

Lecture: Wednesday, April 29th, 7-9pm
Location:
Board Room, 2100 Building, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Cost:
$30 member, $45 non-member
Limit:
45
Have you ever been out birding with someone who could identify that smudge of a bird in the distance before you could even see that it was a bird? This lecture class will help you hone that all-important skill of using size, shape, and flight pattern to narrow the options. Bird shape is almost always a useful, and in some cases the best, tool to identify birds but is underused by many birders. This class helps you focus on bird shape by presenting a wide variety of bird shapes and highlighting some local bird species groups where shape is a valuable identification tool. Dr. Scott Mills has been an active birder and field trip leader for more than 50 years. Since 1999 he has spent more than 425 days at sea (including over 100 Westport Seabirds trips) where shape is often the best way to identify birds. REGISTER NOW

Birds and Plants of the Shrub-Steppe
With Andy Stepniewski, author of Birds of Yakima County
Lecture:  Friday May 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
Field Trip: Saturday May 2, 6:30 am - 6:30 pm
Location: Board Room, 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle
Cost: $60 members; $75 non-members for lecture and field trip; $40 members for lecture only; $55 non-members for lecture only
Limit: 20 for lecture and field trip; additional 20 for lecture only
This class will introduce you to the plant and bird communities of the shrub-steppe ecosystem in the Columbia Basin of eastern Washington. The instructor will present botanical tidbits relating to birds and touch on conservation issues. Andy will emphasize the relationships between Horned Larks, Sage Sparrows, Sage Thrashers, Brewer's Sparrows, Sage Grouse, and Vesper Sparrows and the preferred habitats of each within this unique mosaic of plant communities. Two leaders will conduct the day-long field trip to the Columbia Basin amidst spectacular wildflowers. REGISTER NOW

Birding 201 - Intermediate Birding
with Barry Levine, Master Birder
Lectures: Wednesdays, May 13 & 20, 7-9 pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building, Room 6 (3532 Phinney Ave. N.)
Field Trips: Saturday, May 16 or 23
Cost: $50 member; $65 non-member
Limit: 22 (11 per field trip)

Interested in taking one of the world’s favorite hobbies to the next level? We will take a holistic approach to learning about birds by incorporating information about plumage, behavior, vocalizations, beaks, feet, and habitat to create an interactive and innovative classroom experience. Barry will lead a local field trip that will provide time in a variety of habitats to ask questions and sharpen your skills. Field trip sign-up, carpool information, and meeting location will be covered in class. REGISTER NOW

 

Sneak-peak Summer Class

Birding By Ear for Beginning Birders
With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient - MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday, June 11, 7pm-9pm
Location: Lakeside School, Room Allen-Gates 101
Field Trip: Saturday, June 13, 7-10am  [local park, TBA]
Cost: $40/$50
Limit: 22
Have you ever wondered what backyard bird is calling to you, “See me, pretty-pretty me?”  Or which one imitates a car alarm (“meepmeepmeep”), or a person sneezing (“fitz-bew!”)?  Which owl is asking “Who cooks for you?”  Most birds are at their most vocal during early summer, and this is a great time to start learning the common songs and calls of our Seattle area birds.  Is that just another American Robin singing from your maple tree, or is it really a Black-headed Grosbeak or a Western Tanager?  Train your ear and find out!  The evening session features lecture and activities for learning songs, and the morning session will give you a chance to practice your new skills in the field.  No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

 


*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.