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!

Help Wildlife & Become a Habitat Steward!

Register now for this special opportunity to become a certified Habitat Steward! 

National Wildlife Federation and Tahoma Audubon Society once again partnering to offer a specialized 24-hour training to teach you how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas. This program is engaging, fun and highly informative and you can learn more about joining the Pierce County Community Wildlife Habitat Team! Register today!


2017 Fall Class Registration OPEN

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

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.


Birding by Ear with Nathanael (6 sessions, 2 field trips)

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..

  • Sept. 5, 19, 26 & Oct. 3, 17, 24; Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Adriana Hess Audubon Center (2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA)
  • Field trips: Sept. 9 & Oct. 14; Saturdays, 8 – 10 am, location TBD
  • Fee: $150/TAS member, $175/non-member
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Register for Birding by Ear

Fall 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 Edition.

  • Sept. 11, 18 & 25; Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA)
  • Fee: $59/TAS member, $66/ non-member
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Register for Fall Birds of WA

    Fall 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 fall. This class is a great starting place for backyard bird watchers. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. 

    10 Great Bird Watching Spots of Washington (1 session)

    Join us for a one hour look at the 10 Best Birding Spots in Washington State. If you are into watching birds, this is a must attend class. Topics will include locations, best time to view, what the habitat is and what you can expect to see. The instructor, David Kaynor, is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. 

    Beginning Birding (3 sessions, 2 field trips)

    Do you want to identify the birds in your yard? Are you still trying to sort out all those ducks on the water? Are you interested in learning skills to identify birds on your own? Then this is the class for you! The class will look at the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why of bird-watching.  The class is taught by Mike Walker, a retired wildlife biologist and certified teacher. Designed for beginners, this class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center and includes two local field trips on Saturdays, October 28 and November 4, 8:30am to approximately noon. Transportation not included.  If participants have their own binoculars, please bring them to the first class night.

    • Oct. 23, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6; Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA)
    • Field trips: Oct. 28 & Nov. 4; Saturdays, 8:30 am – noon, location TBD
    • Fee: $60/TAS member, $75/non-member
    • Ages 18 and up
    • Register for Beginning Birding

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