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Nature Center Frog BASIC BACKYARD BEEKEEPING SERIES
Adults 18 and up
$36/person/class, $48/family (2 adults)/class
TNC Members - $25/person/class, $36/family/class

This series of classes will take anyone interested in learning about beekeeping from the basics all the way to more advanced techniques and topics. Whether you know if beekeeping is right for you already or are trying to decide, you will come away from the classes with all of the information needed to take the next step. 
Pre-registration required. Fee is per class - each class is offered multiple times - choose one date per class level. Classes are progressive and the previous level is a pre-requisite for each class.

2016 class dates should be posted by early November


Nature Center Frog PARENTING WORKSHOPS
Adults 18 and up, $5/person, FREE for Nature Center members
This series of parent education classes will offer parents a variety of views and techniques in support of guiding young children in their early learning of self-control, responsibility, communication, cooperation and following directions. Information and resources, large and small group interactions, and group discussions are all included. One or both parents are welcome, as are child-care givers and grandparents, but children should be left at home. Come for one or all of the workshops. Pre-registration required. Workshop series dates will be posted as soon as available.


Nature Center Frog BEGINNING BIRDING
Adults 18 and up, $60/Audubon member, $75/non-member
Do you want to identify the birds on your feeder? 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 Saturday, September 12 and 19, from 8:30am to approximately noon. Transportation for field trips not included - carpooling encouraged. If participants have their own binoculars, please bring them to the first class night.
Call (253) 591-6439 to register.


 Wednesdays, September 9 – 23        6:45 pm -  9:00 pm              76898



Nature Center Frog BEGINNING BIRDING
Adults 18 and up, $60/Audubon member, $75/non-member
Want to identify the birds on your feeder? Are you still trying to sort out all those ducks out on the water? Are you interested in learning skills to identify birds on your own? Then this is the class for you! Marcus Roening is a Master Birder and past-President of both Washington Ornithological Society and Tahoma Audubon Society. Marcus loves to share his joy of birds with beginning bird watchers. Class includes two local field trips on November 7 & 14, 9:00am - noon.  Transportation for field trips not included - carpooling encouraged.
Call (253) 591-6439 to register.


 Mondays, November 2 – 16        6:45 pm -  9:00 pm              76899



Nature Center Frog INTERMEDIATE BIRDING
Adults 18 and up, $75/Audubon member, $90 non-member
This class will offer the "post-beginner" birder the chance to develop identification skills and birding methods while honing your birder's intuition. This class includes two field trips on October 19 & 26. Instructed by Brandon Hawn. To register, call (253) 591-6439. Class meets at Tacoma Nature Center. Transportation not included - carpooling encouraged.

Next class offering TBD


Nature Center Frog ADVANCED BIRDING WITH KEN BROWN
Adults 18 and up, $130/Audubon member, $150 non-member
Join us to learn the status of birds wintering in Washington with a special emphasis on ducks, Loons, Grebes, hawks, shorebirds, gulls and winter specialties. We will also talk about molt and giss. This class is for those who have a good background in bird identification. In addition to the scheduled class days, there are four field trips that are fast paced and include travel and overnight stay. Two-day trip to the coast on October 3-4; three day trips - October 24 (gulls), November 14 or 21 (Kitsap County); December 5 (Skagit); and a three-day trip to eastern Washington in January 16-18, 2016. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center. Transportation/lodging not included - carpooling encouraged.
Call (253) 591-6439 to register.

76900 Tuesdays Sept. 22 - Dec 1       7:00-9:00pm
 

Nature Center Frog NATUREMAPPING WORKSHOPS

Nature Center Frog NATUREMAPPING BASICS WORKSHOP
Adults 18 and up, $30/person*
Moving from activities to field research, NatureMapping is a tool to help create a healthy future for wildlife through the use of sound scientific techniques. This workshop provides participants with the basic skills needed to use the NatureMapping data collection process. Open to educators and all others. Clock hours are available for an additional $5.00.


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