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



Stories in Stone
with David B. Williams, author of Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City.
Lecture & Field Trip: Saturday, July 11th, 10:00am-noon
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

with West Sound Wildlife Shelter – a place for rehabilitation and education
Lecture: Tuesday, July 14th, 7:00-8:00pm
Location: Board Room, 2100 Building, Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members; kids under 10 are free
Limit: 45 (RSVP for both adults and children when registering)

This class will focus on birds of prey, touching on species identification, natural history, and habitat needs.  Presented by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, this class will also feature two live Avian Ambassadors:  Ranger, a Peregrine Falcon and Princess Remington, a Turkey Vulture.  The West Sound Wildlife Shelter provides this program to help protect wild animals by giving the public a way to connect more directly with wildlife and educate the community about how to coexist with wildlife.  Children are welcome to attend this class, but we ask that all attendees be prepared to listen and learn for the entire hour-long class.


registration available starting Sept. 1

Basics of Bird Photography
with Tim Boyer Professional Nature/Bird Photographer
Lecture:  Wednesday September 16th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:  Board Room, 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: Date TBD
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.


Bird Photography with a DSLR
with Tim Boyer Professional Nature/Bird Photographer
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.