Located at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center
 2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA 98466   |   253-565-9278
 

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 Spring Class Registration OPEN

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


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 this spring.

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% discount on all spring 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.


2017 SPRING CLASSES


Bird Watching in Washington State (6 sessions, 1 field trip)

A perfect class for beginner- or intermediate-level birders. Learn to identify nearly 300 bird species found in Washington. Class includes: identification of species, habitat and season, locations, and tools needed. Also presented are birding techniques, safety and ethics. A field trip will enhance your learning experience. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Required materials: National Geographic Society Field Guide to North American Birds, 6th Edition.

  • Feb. 22 – March 29, weekly on Wednesdays, 2 – 4 pm
  • Adriana Hess Audubon Center (2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA)
  • Field trip, April 2, Sunday, 9 am – 12 pm (location TBD)
  • Fee: $120/TAS member, $133/other registrants
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Register for Bird Watching in WA State


Spring Common Western Washington Birds (1 session)

Join us for a look at 25 of the most common bird species that are found in Western Washington State in the spring. This class is a great starting place for backyard bird watchers. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society.


Spring Birds of Washington State (3 sessions)

A perfect class for beginner- or intermediate-level birders. Learn to identify over 205 spring bird species found in Washington. Class includes: 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 Edition.

  • April 26 – May 10, weekly on Wednesdays, 2 – 4 pm
  • Adriana Hess Audubon Center (2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA)
  • Fee: $59/TAS member, $66/other registrants
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Register for Spring Birds of WA State


Beginning Bird Photography (2 sessions, 1 field trip)

During this workshop for beginning bird photography, Heather Voboril, instructor and photographer, will overview the basics of light, exposure, autofocus points, camera settings, and techniques in a classroom setting. A field trip to photograph birds in multiple habitats will allow students to practice the tips and techniques discussed in the classroom. At the final classroom session, field trip photos will be workshopped. Required materials: a camera instruction manual and a camera.

  • May 3 – 10, weekly on Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm
  • Adriana Hess Audubon Center (2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA)
  • Field trip, May 6, Saturday, 7 – 10 am, Titlow Park (8425 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA)
  • Fee: $59/TAS member, $66/other registrants
  • Ages 18 and up
  • Register for Beginning Bird Photography


Bird Watching in Washington State (6 sessions, 1 field trip)

A perfect class for beginner- or intermediate-level birders. Learn to identify nearly 300 bird species found in Washington. Class includes: identification of species, habitat and season, locations, and tools needed. Also presented are birding techniques, safety and ethics. A field trip will enhance your learning experience. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Required materials: National Geographic Society Field Guide to North American Birds, 6th Edition.

  • May 15 – June 19, weekly on Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA)
  • Field trip, June 17, Saturday, 9 am – 12 pm (location TBD)
  • Fee: $120/TAS member, $133/other registrants
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Register for Bird Watching in WA State


Summer Common Western Washington Birds (1 session)

Join us for a look at 35 of the most common bird species that are found in Western Washington State in the summer. This class is a great starting place for backyard bird watchers. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society.



Cancelled:

  • Winter Birds of Washington State (3 sessions), Feb. 20 - March 6

Meet Your Course Instructors

    David Kaynor


    David Kaynor has been helping people understand the world around them for over 10 years in the South Sound region. He was born in central Washington and has been a lifelong resident our state. In pursuing his passion for knowledge (and birds) he has traveled extensively through every county in Washington State.

    As an active birder since 1989 and a geology buff from birth, he has an in depth knowledge of the birds and geology throughout Washington state. Beyond his own strong curiosity, he stays current on these subjects with memberships in the Washington Ornithological Society and the Geologic Society of America.

    Sign up for one of his classes and be ready to learn.

    Comments from past students:

    “Best birding class I’ve ever taken.”

    “Exceeded my expectations.”

    “The instructor made the class interesting with his personal stories.”

    “I would continue on in a part 2.”

    “Great sense of humor.“

    Heather Voboril


    Have you ever had that “once in a lifetime” bird that you know you may never see again? What about the more common birds that are in the most “picture perfect” pose you could possibly imagine? You get your camera out, try to control your breathing and your racing heart so you can get the shot, you get one, maybe two shots and POOF, just like that the bird and your photographic opportunity is gone. So now you check your camera review screen and OMG! The shot is blurry, silhouetted, too light or too dark! Frustration and disappointment would be a mild description of your feelings. I know, I have been there!

    My name is Heather Voboril and I am an amateur bird photographer. My passion for bird photography and bird watching can be narrowed down to one day in time, Christmas day 2011. All my friends and relatives were gone for the Christmas holiday. I was “Home Alone” so I decided to take a little trip. I drove from Gig Harbor south to Grays Harbor to do the US 101 loop. I had stopped to see the “world’s largest spruce tree” and saw a bird on a log in the creek. I took a few photos and proceeded on my way. When I downloaded the photos the bird had closed its eyes and had a white triangle eye lid. Now what the heck kind of bird is that, I wondered. Well it turns out the American Dipper was my first true birding and bird photography endeavor.

    You can check out Heather’s photos on Flickr.

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