Located at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center  
 2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA 98466 | 253-565-9278
 
Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit; TaxID# 23-7450873  

Classes & Workshops 

Fostering lifelong learning & a love of nature 

Throughout the year, we offer various workshops and courses for teens and adults in partnership with the Tacoma Nature Center, University of Puget Sound's Slater Natural History Museum, the Falcon Research Group, and others. Check back often to see which classes are coming up!


2017 Winter Class Registration OPEN

Join Tahoma Audubon for a class (or several) this winter!  


How to register:

Registration for the classes below will be done through Tahoma Audubon (click "Register" with each listing to link to registration page). You can also call or visit the Adriana Hess Audubon Center to register: 253-565-9278 or 2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place. The Tacoma Nature Center is not handling registrations for these classes.

Part of the registration fee for these classes goes to support Tahoma Audubon's mission of connecting people with nature. It's a win-win. You get to learn more about the world around you, and we appreciate the additional support! To save on classes, become a member for a 10% or more discount on all classes. 

Please note: 

Don’t wait to the last minute to register for classes. If the minimum attendance of a class is not met two business days before the class starts, the class will be canceled and registrants will be refunded. Classes are either held at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center (2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place) or Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma), with field trips held throughout the region.

Scholarships:

In an effort to make our classes accessible to all who wish to take them, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, scholarships are available. Please call the office for more details.


2017 WINTER CLASSES


NEW: Winter Common Western Washington Birds 1.5 (1 session)

Join us for a look at 50 of the most common bird species that are found in Western Washington State in the winter. This class is a great starting place for backyard bird watchers. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. 


Winter Birds of Washington State (3 sessions)

A perfect class for the beginner- or intermediate- level birders. Learn to identify over 205 fall bird species found in Washington. Include, identification of species, habitat and season, locations, and tools needed. Also presented are birding techniques and ethics. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Required Materials: National Geographic Society Field Guide to North American Birds, 6th or 7th Edition.


    Birding by Sound with Nathanael (3 sessions, 1 field trip)

    Spend time learning how to understand bird sounds both in the field and in the lab with great online techniques like Audio Spectrograms. Be prepared to engage your mind on a whole new level to learn and retain bird sounds like you've never done before. There will be two field trips on Saturday, September 9 and October 14 from 8-10 am. Course instructor is Nathanael Swecker, board member of Tahoma Audubon. Recommended reading is The Warbler Guide by Stephenson and Whittle. Expect to do some supplementary homework to get the most out of the class..

    • February 6, 13, & 20; Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm
    • Adriana Hess Audubon Center (2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA)
    • Field trip: February 24; Saturday, 8 – 10 am, location TBD
    • Fee: $75/TAS member, $90/non-member
    • Ages 14 and up
    • Register for Birding by Sound


    NEW: Common Washington Birds 1.5 (1 session)

    Join us for a look at 50 of the most common bird species that are found in Washington State. This class is a great starting place for backyard bird watchers, and for learning about birds found throughout Washington State. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. 


    NEW: Birding 101 (1 session)

    This class covers the things that you need to know to be a better birder. Topics will include: how to buy optics, field guides and clothing for birding, best feeder foods and practices, the birders garden, planning a birding trip, hazards and places to go, along with the best time to view. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. 

    • March 12, Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Adriana Hess Audubon Center (2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA)
    • Fee: $15/TAS member, $20/ non-member
    • Ages 14 and up
    • Register for Birding 101

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