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Adult Education

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Adults 18 and up, $5/person/class
Sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, these classes are scheduled in conjunction with the Tacoma Nature Center's annual Spring Native Plant Sale so you can learn the basics and get started right away! Pre-registration required. 

Landscape Design Made Easy!             71354
Monday, April 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Learn landscaping tips to improve your yard, add beauty and help the environment!

Right Plant for the Right Place              71353
Friday, May 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Learn how to select plants that grow well in the Northwest and match places in your yard where they will get the right sunlight, soil and water. Bonus - pre-chose your plants to purchase at the next day's Plant Sale!

Landscape Design
- Bonne Holbrook is a life-long plant learner and was fascinated with foraging as a child; she went on to become a clinical social worker with a private practice, but returned as a retiree to her first love, native plants.  She is a Pierce County Master Gardener and a Native Plant Steward and teaches anyone who will listen about sustaining our local flora and fauna. She is also a docent at Chase Garden where she does plant propagation and makes lots of soup and bread.

Right Plant - Dana Kelley Bressette has a master’s degree in Urban Horticulture from the University of Washington. Prior to that, she worked for the Tacoma Park District at Point Defiance Greenhouses and at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. She is currently the Plant Production Manager at Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery in Gig Harbor. She writes about environmental gardening on her website: and is working on uploading her Native Plant Encyclopedia at Her family lives in a solar home on 6 acres on the Key Peninsula.

Adults 18 and up
$36/person/class, $48/family (2 adults)/class
TNC Members - $25/person/class, $36/family/class
Gift Certificates for this class series are available at the Nature Center!
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. More information.  
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.

Jan-Mar dates Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm Basic Backyard Beekeeping 101
Mar-May dates Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm Basic Backyard Beekeeping 201
Jul-Aug dates Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm Basic Backyard Beekeeping 301

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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. This workshop series will re-run during each school year.

April 16 6:00-8:00pm What is Kindergarten Readiness?

Nature Center Frog BIRDING BASICS
Ages 18 and up, $45/Audubon member, $60/non-member
Curious about birds but don't know your crown from your tail feather? All are welcome to this introduction to the joy of identifying the birds that are all around us. You will learn how to identify common birds, use a field guide and binoculars, and some of the best places to see birds in our area. Designed for beginners and taught by Rolan Nelson, this class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center and includes one local field trip on Saturday, September 28, 8:00am - noon. Transportation not included.

2014 Fall Dates TBD


Adults 18 and up, $50/Audubon member, $65/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 is taught by Marcus Roening, local master birder and past president of the Washington Ornithological Society and Tahoma Audubon. Marcus loves to share his joy of birders with beginning bird watchers. Designed for beginners, this class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center and includes two local field trips on Saturdays, November 9 & 16, 9:00am to noon. Transportation not included.

 2014 Fall Dates TBD

Adults 18 and up, $75/Audubon member, $90 non-member
This class will offer the "post beginner" birder the chance to develop additional identification skills for the perching birds of Washington State.  We will focus on field marks, some calls, and flight patterns. The class includes two field trips, one on each side of the Cascades, on February 1 and 15.  Instructed by Rolan Nelson. To register, call (253) 591-6439. Class meets at Tacoma Nature Center. Transportation not included - carpooling encouraged.

69458 Mondays January 13 - February 17  

7:00-9:00 pm

Adults 18 and up, $90/Audubon member, $110 non-member
Join us for an exploration of spring birds and shorebirds of Washington. Learn about the status of state birds, molt and bird songs. This class is for those who have a good background in bird identification. Four field trips include May 3-4 to the coast, May 24 location TBD, June 7-8 to Potholes and June 20-23 Central Washington. Class meets at Tacoma Nature Center.  Call (253) 591-6439 to register. Transportation not included - carpooling encouraged.

69460 Tuesdays April 22 - June 17  

7:00-9:00 pm


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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