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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Birds and Plants of the Shrub-Steppe - FULL - BUT LECTURE ONLY OPTION ADDED
with Andy Stepniewski, author of Birds of Yakima County

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

Lecture:        Friday, April 11; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Field Trip:     Saturday, April 12, 6:30 am - 6:30 pm 
Location:      The 2100 Building, Board Room
Cost:              $60 members; $75 non-members
                      $30 members; $45 non-members LECTURE ONLY                                  
Limit:             25

BIRDING BY EAR 2014- Learning NW Bird Voices

with Bob Sundstrom, Professional Birding Tour Leader & Bird Note Lead Writer

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. REGISTER NOW

Lectures:        Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday May 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Field Trip #1:             Monday, May 12 – South Puget Sound - FULL
Field Trip #2:             Monday, June 2 – East of the Cascades
Location:      2100 Building, Board Room
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

Washington’s Woodpeckers
with Brian Bell

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, April 5th and a full day trip to Eastern Washington on Sunday, May 18.
Brian is a 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! REGISTER NOW

Lecture:        Friday, April 4th , 7:00-9:15 p.m.
Field Trips:   ½ day trip (Western Washington) on Saturday, April 5th.
                      Full day field trip (Eastern Washington) on Sunday, May 18th
                      Trips will be organized during the class. 
Location:      2100 building, Board Room
Cost:              $75 members, $90 non-members for lecture and field trip (plus share of carpool)  $30 members, $45 non-members for lecture only
Limit:              15 for class and field trip
                      10 for class only

Ornithology Series
with Dennis Paulson, PhD, Author, Seattle Audubon Master Birder Program Lead Instructor, Director Emeritus of the Slater Museum, UPS  


1. Bird Feeding Behaviors & Adaptations

Are you interested in knowing the function of that monstrous bill on a pelican? Why hummingbirds hover? How a hawk uses its bill and feet to get a meal? Why flamingo and skimmer and toucan bills are so strange-looking?
The class consists of two slide-illustrated lectures showing feeding adaptations and discussing feeding strategies of birds all around the world.

Lecture:        Tuesdays, April 8 and 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Field Trips:   No fieldtrip
Location:      2100 building, Board Room
Cost:              $45 members, $60 non-members Sign up for all three and save $15!
Limit:             45

2. Bird Migration

One of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world is the annual migration of birds, millions of them sweeping north across all the continents in spring and returning south in fall.  Our own state features dozens of species that are involved in these movements.
The class consists of two lectures that will explain the phenomenon of migration and illustrate it with species from Washington and elsewhere. REGISTER NOW
Lecture:          Tuesdays, May 20 and 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Field Trips:   No fieldtrip
Location:      2100 building, Board Room
Cost:              $45 members, $60 non-members Sign up for all three and save $15!
Limit:              45

Bird Breeding Behavior

Although all of them lay eggs, in every other way birds show great variation in their reproduction, from albatrosses that lay a single egg that takes over two months to hatch to cowbirds that lay 40 eggs in a season in the nests of other birds. Bird eggs vary in shape and size and color and number, their nests are among the most complex examples of animal architecture, and they raise their young in every way you can imagine.
The class consists of two slide-illustrated lectures that will attempt to make order of the array of bird breeding strategies. REGISTER NOW

Lecture:        Tuesdays, June 3 and 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Field Trips:   No fieldtrip
Location:      2100 building, Board Room
Cost:              $45 members, $60 non-members Sign up for all three and save $15!
Limit:             45

Nature Photography - The Secret Behind the Shot

with Paul Bannick

With the publication of the Owl and the Woodpecker, Paul Bannick was established as one of the leading new wildlife photographers in America.  An exhibit based on his book opened at the Burke Museum last year and is currently touring the US.  In this class, Paul will explain the techniques, strategies, and equipment he used to make his iconic images.   Through his images and stories, Paul will lead students through an examination of the benefits of different shooting modes and look at various factors he considers as he chooses shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO, lenses, blinds, camera support, and other techniques.  Paul's classes are interactive aiming to allow each student to gain more insight into the elements that will help them take better bird photographs.

Lecture:        Wednesdays, April 16 and 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Field Trips:   No fieldtrip
Location:      2100 building, Board Room
Cost:              $75 members, $90 non-members
Limit:              45

Springtime Birding for Beginners - FULL

with Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher, Lakeside School, Master Birder and Recipient, MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award

This course explores topics of interest to the beginning bird watcher including identification basics, feathers and molt, where to find birds (habitat and local hotspots), identifying spring birds in Washington, and birding by ear. While this class is an extension of Seattle Audubon’s introductory birding class, no previous experience or knowledge is necessary to enroll. The class includes two lectures and a morning field trip. REGISTER NOW
Lecture: Thursdays, May 22 and May 29; 7 - 9pm
The Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 101
Field Trip:
Saturday, May 31, 7:30am to 10:30am, location to be announced in class
$50 members, $65 non-members for lecture and field trip


Birding 201 (Intermediate Birding) - JUST ADDED
with Barry Levine, Master Birder

Wednesdays, May 7 & May 14, 7-9pm
Room 6, PNC Blue Building
Field trips:
Sat, May 10 or  17
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? In this class we will explore how you can reach that goal. We will take a holistic approach incorporating information about plumage, behavior, vocalizations, beak and feet, and habitat to form an interactive and innovative approach to learning. Participants will need to sign up for one of the two field trips at the first session. REGISTER NOW


*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.