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Nature Center FrogNATURE 101
Adults 18 and up
$120/person for the series, no individual session pricing available
$108/TNC Member
Discover Pacific Northwest plants and animals in this 6 part series.  While you learn about birds, sea stars, hazelnuts and more, gain skills to share your newfound knowledge with others in a classroom, at summer camp, or on a family adventure.  Childcare options available for participants.     
    April 20      6:30pm - 9:00pm   Trailside Teaching 
    April 27      6:30pm - 9:00pm   Birds of the PNW
    May 4        6:30pm – 9:00pm   Washington Geology
    May 11      6:30pm – 9:00pm   Reptiles and Amphibians
    May 21      6:30pm – 9:00pm   Puget Sound Low Tide Ecosystem
    May 25      6:30pm – 9:00pm   Washington Native Plants

Nature Center FrogNATURE 101 CHILDCARE

Ages 3-12, $15/child/date, no member discount on childcare

This is only for the children of Nature 101 participants

    April 20      6:30pm - 9:00pm     77884  
    April 27      6:30pm - 9:00pm     77885  
    May 4        6:30pm – 9:00pm     77886 
    May 11      6:30pm – 9:00pm     77886  
    May 21      6:30pm – 9:00pm     77887  
    May 25      6:30pm – 9:00pm     77888


Ages 18 and up, $10+ tax/participant.  $9 + tax/TNC Member

Want to try one of the fastest growing paddle sports with a 2,000 year old history?  Dragon boat racing is a colorful and inclusive team activity that involves tradition and camaraderie.  Learn from the experts at the Tacoma Dragon Boat Association during this beginner paddle on the Thea Foss Waterway.  All gear and instruction are provided.  Meet at Johnny's Dock Marina.

     May 15     12:00 pm- 2:00 pm     79703


Ages 18 and up, $65+ tax/participant; $58.50+tax/TNC Member

Enjoy and evening paddle through the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  Check out all kinds of birds, sea life and plants as you paddle.  Meet at Luhr Beach Boat Launch.

     July 17     5:30 pm-8:30 pm     79699


Ages 18 and up, $65+ tax/participant; $58.50+tax/TNC Member

Launch in quaint Boston Harbor and paddle south past the Dofflemyer Point Lighthous exploring the South Sound's Budd Inlet.  Meet at Boston Harbor Marina.

     August 13     12:00pm-3:00 pm     79700


Adult Education available through Tahoma Audubon
Tacoma Nature Center's partner in education

Please visit for more information and to register for the following classes. The Tacoma Nature Center is currently NOT taking registrations for any of the classes listed in this section. Throughout the year, Tahoma Audubon offers various workshops and courses for teens and adults in partnership with the Tacoma Nature Center, University of Puget Sound's Slater Natural History Museum and the Falcon Research Group.

Spring Common Birds in Washington State
Monday, April 11(6:30pm) OR Wednesday, April 27(2:30pm)
David Kaynor          Fee: $25.00

10 Great Bird Watching Spots of Washington
Wednesday, April 13(2:30pm) OR Monday, June 20(6:30pm)
David Kaynor            Fee: $15.00

Volcanic Washington
Monday, April 18 6:30-8:30pm
David Kaynor        Fee: $20.00

3 Great Floods of Washington’s past
Wednesday, April 20 2:30pm
David Kaynor          Fee: $15.00

Bird Watching in Washington State
Mondays, April 25 - June 6 (no class Memorial Day) 6:30-8:30pm
David Kaynor         Fee: $120.00

Summer Common Birds in Washington State
Wednesday, May 25 (2:30pm) OR Monday, June 13 (6:30pm)
David Kaynor       Fee: $25.00

Beginning Bird Photography Workshop
Wednesday, June 15, 6:00-9:00 PM with field trip on June 18
Heather Voboril    Fee: $30.00

*Registration for classes done through Tahoma Audubon's website at via our new online registration system (click class dates for links to register) or by calling Andrea at 253-565-9129253-565-9129 or by visiting the Adriana Hess Audubon Center. The Tacoma Nature Center is currently not handling registrations for TAS programs.
**Audubon member discounts are not available for the above programs.
***Class locations may vary. Please read the complete class description on the registration page.

Adult Education available through the City of Tacoma's Envirohouse


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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