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Audubon Society of Portland offers adults classes in bird identification and natural history throughout the calendar year.

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Bonney Butte - Shawneen Finnegan

Audubon Society of Portland offers adults classes in bird identification and natural history throughout the calendar year. Typical natural history topics we cover include: animal tracking, butterflies and dragonflies, mushrooming, trees, wildflowers and more.

Class offerings are listed on our website; in our monthly newsletter, The Warbler, on page 7 (usually); on bulletin boards in front of the Nature Store; and in our electronic newsletter, The BirdWord.


Upcoming Classes:






 Types of Classes: 

  • Class - typically an evening class at Audubon ranging from 1 to 2 hours in length. Typically this is an audio-visual presentation with handouts provided.  
  • Class with Field Trip - typically an evening class at Audubon followed by one or more field trips held on Saturday or Sunday. Field trips last from 3 - 8 hours, depending on the class. Transportation by 15 passenger van is often provided for longer field trips ranging out of town.   
  • Field Trip - typically one or more field trips held on Saturday or Sunday. No classroom sessions.

General Class Information

  • Instructors: Our instructors are great at what they do and consistently receive high praise from their students.
  • Class size: Field trips are limited to 12 - 15 participants/instructor. Lecture only classes usually have no size limit. A class with both lecture and field trip portions may offer a "class only" option at a reduced rate in order to allow more than 15 participants to attend the lecture.    
  • Fees: A fee is charged for most classes and must be paid in advance to secure your place in the class. Lecture-only classes typically do not have a size-limit and you can reasonably expect to register and pay at the door, however, pre-registration and payment is much appreciated! If you must pay at the door please allow extra time to do so by arriving 15 minutes early. Pay your fee either to Adult Programs Coordinator Erin Law or at the Nature Store.
  • Volunteers: When indicated, classes are free to active volunteers. Active volunteers are volunteers who have in the last year logged their hours with the volunteer manager. Volunteers still must follow step 1 of the registration process. Please indicate you are a volunteer when doing so.
  • Location: Unless otherwise indicated, all classes meet in Heron Hall at 5151 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97210. Heron Hall is located in the same building as our Nature Store. The Nature Store is open until 7 p.m. the evening of most classes.

Getting There

By Bus: There is no direct public transportation to the Audubon Society of Portland. Trimet bus line #17 gets you very close to the trail head at Lower Macleay Park and it is a lovely 1.5 mile walk up Balch Creek Canyon to the Upper Macleay trail head. From there, turn right and follow the path 100 yards to Audubon Society of Portland. Several Trimet services will get you to NW Lovejoy and NW 23rd or 25th Aves. From there you can walk uphill (west) on Lovejoy and it turns into Cornell on block past NW 25th Ave. It is about the same distance as via Balch Creek but not nearly as enjoyable as traffic is often heavy and the shoulder narrow for much of the route. There are walking paths around the two tunnels however! 

By Bike or Car: From NW Portland follow Lovejoy Street west. One block past NW 25th Ave, Lovejoy turns sharply right and becomes Cornell Road. Keep on it as it winds into Forest Park, goes through two tunnels, crests a hill at the Upper Macleay Park trail head and dips down to the Audubon Center on the north (right) side of Cornell Rd. 

If biking, use the bike paths to go around the tunnels and be careful, the shoulder is narrow in many places and Cornell Road is heavily traveled before and after work. It is a long and in places steep uphill climb from NW 25th Ave to past the second tunnel.  

From the west side / Beaverton area, Cornell Rd. can be accessed off of Hwy 217, off of Cedar Hills Blvd, off of Barnes Rd and off of Skyline Blvd. Consult a map for more detailed directions to 5151 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97210.

By carpool: When you register for a class you may indicate you are interested in carpooling as either a rider or driver. Audubon staff will share your contact information with others who so indicate and from there it is in your hands to coordinate any carpooling. For field trips, an opportunity to arrange carpools is offered at the end of the class.

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