Classes

Portland Audubon classes spark curiosity, foster a deeper understanding of the natural world, and inspire people to protect native wildlife and their habitat. Classes are open to people of all skill levels and abilities, with a focus on natural history, regional conservation issues, the intersection of art and the environment, and of course, birds and wildlife.

We offer experiences both in the online classroom and in the field, with classes on bird identification, birding by ear, butterflies and dragonflies, nature-inspired art, mushrooming, plants, and more. When you take a class with Portland Audubon, you are supporting our work to protect wildlife, wild places, and humans alike.

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Digital Classes

Join Portland Audubon’s expert naturalists and educators from the comfort of your own home. From waterfowl, birding hotspots, bird identification, to owls and more, our selection of digital classes will prep you for taking your newly learned skills out into the field. All digital classes run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and recordings are sent out to registered participants after class.

Understanding Woodpeckers with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • June 7, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Swallows! with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • June 12, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Portland Woodpeckers with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • June 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Hummingbird Family with Erin Law
  • June 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Woodpeckers with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • June 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Butterflies! Discover Their Evolution and Life History with Brian Magnier
  • July 10, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Butterflies of Oregon with Brian Magnier
  • July 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Autumn Shorebirds I, the Common Species with John Rakestraw
  • August 7, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Autumn Shorebirds II, the Less Common Species with John Rakestraw
  • August 9, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Hummingbirds of Oregon with John Rakestraw
  • August 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Raptors in Flight with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • September 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Quail, Turkey, & Grouse of Oregon with John Rakestraw
  • September 26, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fall and Winter Birding: A Primer on Where, What, and When with Stefan Schlick
  • October 11, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Winter Gull Identification with John Rakestraw
  • October 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Getting Into Shape for Bird Identification: Silhouettes with John Rakestraw
  • November 7, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Winter World Adaptations with Gina Roberti
  • November 13, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Jays, Crows, and Ravens with John Rakestraw
  • November 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Birding with Kindness with Faraaz Abdool
  • November 16, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Terrific Wild Turkey with Erin Law
  • November 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Anna's Hummingbird, photo by Mick Thompson

Field Classes

There’s no better classroom than out in the field! Field classes are a great way to level up your birding skills, practice mushroom and plant identification and more. Expert teaching and camaraderie provided!

Field Class: Forest Bathing for Birders with Tia Ho

  • Date and time: June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Field Class: Forest Therapy at Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary with Andrea Kreiner

  • Date and time: September 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Field Class: Forest Therapy at Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary with Andrea Kreiner

  • Date and time: October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration (Saturdays) with Greg Baker & Ricky Allen

  • Date and time: Saturdays: October 7, November 4, and December 2, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration (Sundays) with Greg Baker & Ricky Allen

  • Date and time: Sundays: October 8, November 5, and December 3, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

 


Art Classes

We offer a range of *in-person and online art classes and more. Learn how to create beautiful bird journals, make nature-inspired art, and more!

Journaling Summer Series: Quick Studies of Birds with Jude Siegel
  • June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The Western Tanager
  • June 13, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *online
Watercolor Painting with Ronna:  The Great Blue Heron
  • July 8, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *online
Plein Air Watercolor Painting on Sauvie Island: Raccoon Point with Ronna Fujisawa
  • July 15, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Journaling Summer Series: Get that Bird Pose! with Jude Siegel
  • July 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Watercolor Painting with Ronna: Shorebirds!
  • August 5, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. *in-person
Journaling Summer Series: Suggesting Birds & Their Habitats with Jude Siegel
  • August 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Watercolor Painting with Ronna:  The Cooper’s Hawk
  • September 5, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *online
Plein Air Watercolor Painting on Sauvie Island: Beaches with Ronna Fujisawa
  • September 9, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Journaling Autumn Series: Tips & Ideas for Your Pages with Jude Siegel
  • September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Journaling Autumn Series: Coloration, Markings, and Surroundings with Jude Siegel
  • October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Journaling Autumn Series: What to Do on a Cold Rainy Day! with Jude Siegel
  • November 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Dark-eyed Junco watercolor painting, by Ronna Fujisawa

Waitlisted In-Person Classes

To be added to the waitlist, please click on the event and hit the register button to fill out the inquiry form. Once you have submitted your inquiry for the waitlist, you will only be contacted if a space becomes available. Thank you!

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Lazuli Bunting, photo by Scott Carpenter

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