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

Registration opens September 1

Creating Butterfly Habitat in Your Backyard
with David Droppers, stalwart of the Washington Butterfly Association with a background in teaching and field research
Lecture: Saturday September 30, 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost: $45 members, $60 non-members
Limit: 15
Not only will participants learn about what plants to include in their garden to attract butterflies, but they will get a glimpse into butterfly biology – how they see the world, what additional resources they need, all centered on how to design your garden for maximum attraction.  David will enthusiastically introduce you to the world of butterflies, and how inviting them into your backyard will reveal how they are connected to a number of other species of urban and suburban wildlife.  Watch your garden come alive with bloom and wing.  Appropriate for ALL audiences


Taking Flight: Environmental Advocacy Workshop
with John Brosnan, Seattle Audubon Executive Director
Lecture: Wednesdays October 11 (North Seattle) or October 25 (West Seattle)* NOTE:  these are the correct dates. Dates listed in the supplement are incorrect.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building Room 3 (north Seattle) and Youngstown Arts and Cultural, Center (West Seattle), both from 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members
Limit: 25 for each session
*Indicate which session you want when signing up

Join Seattle Audubon's Executive Director John Brosnan to learn about the state of birds in and around Seattle, the latest climate science, and simple tools that you can use to engage in effective environmental advocacy. John brings 20 years of experience working in the conservation world ranging from landscape-scale land protection, habitat restoration, and natural resources management.
The class will explore how Seattle Audubon is working to understand and protect the region's birds, as well as review up-to-date climate change research and a variety of strategies and tactics to successfully move conservation initiatives forward.  Topics covered will include advocacy tools, persuasive messaging, and simple things you can do to influence policy in your community. The instruction will be a mixture of traditional lecture, reviewing written materials, and active participation and discussion. Appropriate for ALL audiences

Welcome to Subirdia
with John Marzluff
Lecture: Monday October 16, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members
Limit: 25
The suburbs of many large cities support incredible biological diversity. Populations and communities of a great variety of birds, as well as other creatures, are adapting to the conditions of our increasingly developed world. Marzluff’s work provides an optimistic outlook for how our own actions affect the birds and animals that live in our cities and towns, and he provides specific strategies everyone can use to make human environments friendlier for our natural neighbors.  Over many years of research and fieldwork, Marzluff and student assistants have closely followed the lives of thousands of tagged birds seeking food, mates, and shelter in cities and surrounding areas. From tiny Pacific wrens to grand pileated woodpeckers, diverse species now compatibly share human surroundings. By practicing careful stewardship with the biological riches in our cities and towns, Marzluff explains, we can foster a new relationship between humans and other living creatures.
Appropriate for ALL audiences


10 Gateway birds of Seattle and how to find them
with Whitney Neufeld-Keiser, Seattle Audubon Master Birder
Lecture: Monday October 23, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building, Room 31
Field Trip: (optional, to be organized during class) Saturday October 28, 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.


Intermediate Bird ID: Common Birds of Fall
with Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lecture: Thursdays November 2, 9, and 16, 7:00-9:00pm
Field Trip: Saturday November 4th  (+ optional/informal scavenger hunt on November 18)
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building, Room 31
Cost: $95 members, $110 non-members
Limit: 20
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 birds in our area, including all their plumages, songs, chips, habits, and natural history so that you will truly *know* these birds. Connie believes such intense knowledge will give you a strong foundation for furthering your birding skills. Future versions of this class will be offered in winter, spring, and summer.

This fall class will cover sparrows, wrens, ducks, year-round residents, and returning raptors, among others. In addition to three classroom sessions, Connie will lead one formal field trip where you can observe the birds studied in class. Each season will also include a scavenger hunt, when we will divide into teams and search our area for targeted birds. Connie also invites you along with her informally each Saturday of the month to help conduct shorebird surveys of Montlake Fill and observe the other birds of this beautiful site - one of the premier birding sites in the state, as well as join her on the last Sunday of each month to conduct a bird census of the site.
Appropriate for INTERMEDIATE birders


Winter Identification of Deciduous Native Plants
with Van Bobbitt, Horticulture Instructor and Arboretum Coordinator at South Seattle Community College
Lecture: Saturday November 11, 9:00am-12:30pm  
Location: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
Cost: $45 members, $60 non-members
Limit: 25

Add another dimension to your winter walks in the woods.  Learn to identify deciduous native plants from leafless twigs.  Become competent using print and online guides to winter plant ID. Required text: Winter in the Woods: A Winter Guide to Deciduous Native Plants in Western Washington, available from WSU Extension Publishing for $6.00. http://pubs.wsu.edu/
NOTE: Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather as part of the class will be outdoors. It would be helpful, but not required, if they could bring a hand lens (small magnifying glass) to class. Appropriate for ALL audiences



*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 of 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.


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