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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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Call the Nature Shop at 206-523-4483 to register. 


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 9, 7:00-9:00pm
Lecture Location: Lakeside School, Room Allen-Gates 101
Field Trip: Saturday June 11, 7am-9:30am at Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Cost: $45members, $60 non-members
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. REGISTER NOW

Pelagic Birding
with Mike Donahue, Gull Expert and Pelagic Guide

Lectures: Tuesdays July 19th and 26th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Cost:  $60 members, $75 non-members
Limit: 25 for the lecture
The west coast of North America offers some of the best opportunities to see seabirds anywhere in the world. The rich waters 20-40 miles offshore support a diversity of species—albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and jaegers—that spend much of the year in the waters far offshore at the edge of the continental shelf. If you’ve heard about pelagic birding, but wasn’t sure what was involved, this is the class for you.

The class lectures will cover the diversity of seabirds that are found offshore, focusing on natural history and identification, as well as how to prepare for a pelagic trip.  Then practice what you have learned on a pelagic trip that departs from Westport, WA.  REGISTER NOW

Optional field trip with instructor:
Mike will be co-leading pelagic trips with Westport Seabirds on August 6 and 21. Register directly with Westport Seabirds if you’d like to go on one of these trips. Westport Seabirds offers trips on other dates as well. Registration and other information is available at:


Field Sketching and Sketching in the Field
with Carleen Zimmerman, Master Birder 2015, Seattle Audubon volunteer, Seattle Urban Sketcher

Lecture:  Field Sketching Basics, Thursday July 28, 2016, 7-9pm
Lecture Location:  Seattle Audubon Nature Shop staff room
Field Trip:  Sketching in the Field, Saturday July 30, 2016, 8-10am
Field Trip Location:  Magnuson Park, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center
Cost:  $50 members, $65 non-members for both lecture and field trip
          $30 members, $45 for lecture or trip only
Limit:  12
Learn how to use art and language to record field observations, especially while birding.   Lecture will include tools, techniques, logistics, sketching exercises with bird skins, and watercolor basics.  Field trip will include techniques for sketching movement such as birds in flight or dabbling ducks on ponds, sketching habitats, and describing sounds with emphasis on birding by ear while sketching.  Artistic skills or birding knowledge is NOT a prerequisite.   There may be some walking at Magnuson Park.

Suggested equipment:  Will it fit in your pocket, be easy to carry and not blow away?  A small sketch pad for pencil, ink or watercolor (5x7 is ideal), waterproof pen, pencil, portable watercolor palette, waterbrush (Kuretake round or flat tip is ideal and can be ordered online for $10 or less), watercolor pencils, rag or paper towel, small portable stool or pad for sitting on field trip.

Directions to field trip site:  Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle.  Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE.  Or drive in at south entrance on 65th to parking lot E-1. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the Red-metal-roofed shelter next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1.  Link to the park map on SAS Website, Field Trips & Walks page. 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.


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