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Nature Center FrogBOSTON HARBOR ADULT PADDLE
Ages 18 and up
$65+ tax/participant; $58.50+tax/TNC Member participant

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
 

Nature Center FrogNATURE 101
Adults 16 and up
$100/person for the series, $90/TNC Member        82603
Individual classes at $20/person, $18/TNC Member

Discover Pacific Northwest plants and animals in this 7 part series.  While you learn about birds, butterflies, mushrooms and more, gain skills to share your newfound knowledge with others in a classroom, at summer camp, or on a family adventure.
      Sept. 21    6:30pm - 9:00pm       Trailside Teaching       82606
      Sept.28     6:30pm - 9:00pm       Insects                         82607
      Oct. 5        6:30pm – 9:00pm      Birds of the PNW         82608
      Oct.12       6:30pm – 9:00pm      Puget Sound Mushrooms    82609
      Oct.19       6:30pm – 9:00pm      Salmon                        82610
      Oct. 26      6:30pm – 9:00pm      Washington Geology   82611
      Nov. 2       6:30pm – 9:00pm      Mammals                     82612


Nature Center FrogBLAKE ISLAND ADULT PADDLE
Ages 18 and up
$65+tax/participant, $58.50+tax/TNC Member participant

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you paddle to this marine state park.  Stop for lunch on the island enjoying views of the Seattle skyline before paddling back to the mainland.  Meet at Southworth Ferry Landing.
September 10       10:00am -  1:00pm             79701

 

Nature Center FrogNISQUALLY DELTA NATURALIST LED PADDLE
Ages 18 and up
$65+tax/participant, $58.50+tax/TNC Member participant
Join us for a paddle in one of the largest saltwater estuaries in the South Sound. Learn about all kinds of birds, sea life and plants from an expert naturalist as you paddle. Meet at Luhr Beach Boat Launch.
October 8              10:00am -  1:00pm             82576

 

 

 

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

Register for these classes by calling 253-591-6439, or online by clicking the "Register" button at the top of this page. Note - you must be a current member of Tahoma Audubon to recieve the member discount listed with these classes. Membership in the Tacoma Nature Center does not qualify you for the discount.
Please visit www.TahomaAudubon.org for information about Tahoma Audubon.       

Nature Center FrogHOW GLACIERS CARVED THE PUGET SOUND
Ages 14 and up
$17/participant; $15/TAS Member participant

This introductory class is for people who would like to learn about South Sound's unique geology. Includes best places to view the formations and how each feature was formed so you can understand what to see. Visual aids and handouts provided. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Geologic Society of America. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center.
September 12        6:30pm-7:30 pm              82614

Nature Center FrogFALL BIRDS OF WASHINGTON STATE
Ages 14 and up
$66/participant; $59/TAS Member participant

A perfect class for the beginner or intermediate level birders. Learn to identify over 205 fall bird species found in Washington. Includes identification of species, habitat and season, locations, and tools needed. Also presented are birding techniques and ethics. David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Required Materials: National Geographic Society Field Guide to North American Birds, 6th Edition. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center.
September 14, 21 & 28        6:30pm-8:30 pm              82616

Nature Center FrogBIRD WATCHING IN WASHINGTON STATE
Ages 14 and up
$133/participant; $120/TAS Member participant

A perfect class for the beginner or intermediate level birders. Learn to identify nearly 300 bird species found in Washington. Includes identification of species, habitat and season, locations, and tools needed. Also presented are birding techniques, safety and ethics. A four-hour field trip, date TBD, will enhance your learning experience. David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Required Materials: National Geographic Society Field Guide to North American Birds, 6th Edition. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center.
September 19 - October 24        6:30pm-8:30 pm         82617 

Nature Center FrogBEGINNING BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Ages 18 and up
$55/participant; $50/TAS Member participant

This is a workshop for beginning bird photography. The basics of light, exposure, auto focus points, camera settings, and techniques will be discussed in a classroom setting. A field trip to photograph birds in multiple habitats will allow the student to practice the tips and techniques discussed in the classroom. Field trip to occur on the morning of Saturday, Sept 24 at Titlow Park to practice techniques learned in the classroom. On September 28 field trip photos will be workshopped. Required materials: a camera instruction manual and a camera. Class and workshop meet at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
September 21        6:00pm-9:00 pm              82618

Nature Center Frog15 GREAT GEOLOGIC FEATURES IN WA
Ages 14 and up
$22/participant; $20/TAS Member participant

A look at the 15 most impressive Geological Features in Washington State. Topics will include locations, how each feature was formed and what you can expect to see. Visual aids and handouts provided. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Geologic Society of America. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
October 5              6:30pm-8:00 pm              82619 

Nature Center FrogWHERE THE BIRDS ARE
Ages 14 and up
$133/participant; $120/TAS Member participant

A 12-hour study of the basic habitat requirements along with up to 5 most likely locations to find all of the common to uncommon birds, as described by the American Birding Association, found in Washington State. Over 300 species. Visual aids and handouts provided. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Class meets at Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
October 12 - November 16        6:30pm-8:30 pm              82620

Nature Center FrogOLYMPICS & COAST MOUNTAINS: HOW THEY GOT THERE
Ages 14 and up
$17/participant; $15/TAS Member participant

This class is for people who are interested in Washington's geology but can't afford a 5 credit class. Topics include time frames, where the rocks came from and what forces put them there. Visual aids and handouts provided. David Kaynor is a member of the Geologic Society of America. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center.
October 31        6:30pm-7:30 pm              82621

Nature Center FrogBEGINNING BIRDING
Ages 18 and up
$67/participant; $60/TAS Member participant

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! Instructor 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 and 14, 9 am - noon. Participants are responsible for their own food and transportation during field trips. Carpooling is encouraged. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center.
November 7-21        6:45pm-9:00 pm              82622

Nature Center FrogFALL COMMON BIRDS OF WASHINGTON STATE
Ages 14 and up
$28/participant; $25/TAS Member participant

Join us for a look at 75 of the most common bird species that are found in Washington State in the fall. This class is a great starting place for novice bird watchers. Topics include tips on identification of fall birds in Washington State and the best places to find them. David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Required Materials: National Geographic Society Field Guide to North American Birds, 6th Edition. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
November 7        6:30pm-8:30 pm              82623

Nature Center FrogWESTERN WA'S GEOLOGIC HAZARDS
Ages 14 and up
$28/participant; $25/TAS Member participant

Washington State is one of the most geologically active states. That activity creates hazards. This class will explain those hazards and how to live with them. This class is not able to evaluate individual's personal liability. Visual aids and handouts provided. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Geologic Society of America. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
November 14        6:30pm-8:30 pm         82624 

Nature Center Frog10 GREAT BIRD WATCHING SPOTS OF WA
Ages 14 and up
$17/participant; $15/TAS Member participant

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. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
November 21        6:30pm-7:30 pm              82625

Nature Center FrogFALL COMMON WESTERN WA BIRDS
Ages 14 and up
$17/participant; $15/TAS Member participant

Join us for a look at 25 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. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Note that this is not an identification class. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center.
November 28              6:30pm-7:30 pm              82626 

Nature Center FrogVOLCANIC WA
Ages 14 and up
$22/participant; $20/TAS Member participant

Volcanic Washington highlights our famous volcanoes and many lesser known volcanoes that reach further back in time. This class is great for any person who would like to explore the best Washington volcanoes. Visual aids and handouts provided. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Geologic Society of America. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
November 30              6:30pm-8:00 pm              82627

Nature Center Frog3 GREAT FLOODS OF WA'S PAST
Ages 14 and up
$17/participant; $15/TAS Member participant

A one-hour look at the 3 great floods in Washington State's prehistory. Topics will include best places to view the formations left behind, how each feature was formed and what you can expect to see. Visual aids and handouts provided. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Geologic Society of America. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center.
December 5        6:30pm-7:30 pm              82628

 

Nature Center Frog10 GREAT BIRD WATCHING SPOTS OF WA
Ages 14 and up
$17/participant; $15/TAS Member participant

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. David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
December 6        6:30pm-7:30 pm              82629

Nature Center FrogWINTER COMMON WESTERN WA BIRDS
Ages 14 and up
$17/participant; $15/TAS Member participant

Join us for a look at 25 of the most common bird species that are found in Western Washington State in the winter. This class is a great starting place for back yard bird watchers. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Note that this is not an identification class. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
December 17        6:30pm-7:30 pm              82630

 

Adult Education at the City of Tacoma's Envirohouse

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September 2016
Yard Waste and Worm Bin Composting
September 10, 10:30 AM
Gardens: Winter Plants, Cover Crops, Mulch and More
September 17, 10:30 AM
Natural Daylighting; Solatube DIY Demo
September 24, 10:30 AM

October 2016
What's New in Windows; When to Consider Replacement
October 1, 10:30 AM
Care and Pruning of Landscape Trees
October 8, 10:30 AM
Ductless Heating/Cooling: Does It Make Sense for You?
October 15, 10:30 AM
Rain Barrels: How to Make and Maintain
October 23, 1:30 PM
Rain Gardens and Trees for Landscape Function and Beauty
October 29, 10:30 AM

November 2016
Fruit Trees and Mason Bees: Plan Now for February
November 5, 10:30 AM

 


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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