Nature Discovery Workshop Series


2017-2018 Line-Up:

We’re excited to announce the third year of our popular public workshops – the Nature Discovery Workshop Series – an offering of classes on a variety of nature topics held throughout the year. No matter what your goals are when spending time outside, we hope to inspire nature lovers like you. Enjoy more wildlife around your home, increase your birding skills, become more observant in nature, and explore some of the amazing habitats that San Diego has to offer.

New offerings this year include a field-based raptor workshop in collaboration with the Raptor Institute, and a drawing class led by our very own Communications Chair and board member David Stump, whose beautiful drawings have graced this publication’s cover for more than 20 years.

Check out our full line-up of workshops below, and stay tuned for more details in the coming months! 

**Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend a workshop that you registered for, a full refund is available if you provide notice before 48 hours of the workshop start date. To obtain a refund, please email

The Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking

October 13 & 14, 2017 – taught by SDAS Education Associate/Volunteer Manager, Jill Cooper

Become familiar with common local wildlife species, learn basic track and sign identification, avoid the pitfalls of perception, learn how to distinguish between mountain lion and domestic dog tracks, and more!

Beyond Basics: Wildlife Tracking as Pattern Recognition

November 17 & 18, 2017 – taught by SDAS Education Associate/Volunteer Manager, Jill Cooper

This second level wildlife tracking course will review the basics, then delve into topics such as ecological tracking, habitats, trail types, animal adaptations, as well as gaits and track patterns. This is a great follow up workshop for people who have participated in “The Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking,” but it is not a prerequisite. Previous tracking experience is helpful, but not required. 

Building Nest Boxes for Anstine's Cavity Nesters - FAMILY FRIENDLY!
January 27, 2018 – taught by Richard Griebe

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Visit our Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve and build a nest box for resident and migratory birds. Learn about common cavity nesters of San Diego and what they look for in a nesting box. The nesting box you build might even be installed at Anstine as part of the Preserve! 

Birds of Prey: Up Close and in the Field
a collaboration with The Raptor Institute

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March 9th & 10th, 2018 - taught by Danny Sedivec

Learn how to identify raptors up close with the Raptor Institute. This will include an in-class lesson complimented by live birds, followed by a field trip to the Ramona Grasslands to see birds of prey in the wild. 

Bird ID for Beginners - How to become a Bird Watcher

April 7th and 14th, 2018 - taught by Matthew Binns

Do you want to learn how to identify birds, but you don't know where to begin? Join us for this exciting new workshop where we will walk you through some of the most common bird species of San Diego County and the best tools, tips, and tricks used to identify them. This workshop will include an in-class lesson at Tecolote Nature Center followed by a Field Trip on the trail to identify birds in the wild.

Drawing Birds as Living Animals
May, 2018 – taught by David Stump, San Diego Audubon BOD/Communications Chair

Join us at our Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary and try your hand at drawing birds with helpful tips and tricks! 
New Box with TagA nest box building workshop will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 where you will have an opportunity to help Anstine’s cavity nesting birds multiply by providing nest boxes for them. You’ll learn about the lives of cavity nesting birds and nest box construction. Each participant will assemble a nest box, decorate and autograph it for posterity. Nest boxes will be placed around the Anstine-Audubon Preserve where our cavity nesters can find them and begin using them next spring. The workshop will be led by Richard Griebe, a long time Audubon member and birder. He has volunteered at Mission Trails Regional Park for the last 15 years working with a group of dedicated volunteers who monitor about 100 boxes throughout the park. You will learn about the many interesting things than can happen as birds struggle to fulfill their reproductive mission. The project supplements the limited natural nesting sites with these human-made assists. Without this effort, many birds suffer serious population declines. The workshop format includes an overview of western cavity nesters, true tales from the field and a hands on experience constructing a nest box from a prepared kit. No previous experience necessary. 

Questions? Email
Event Start Jan 27, 2018 9:00 am
Event End Jan 27, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Pricing Varies

a collaboration with The Raptor Institute

Northern Harrier flt 4 SJWA copy edited 1 Come join the Raptor Institute and San Diego Audubon for an interactive presentation on Friday March 9th and at Ramona Town Hall. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see live raptors up close and personal while learning more about their behaviors, adaptations, and identifying characteristics from experts at the Raptor Institute. This in-class presentation will be followed by a field trip to the Ramona Grasslands the following morning, Saturday March 10th. Ramona Grasslands is known among birders as a prime location to view raptors in the wild, cruising the fields during their morning hunt. Questions? Email Jill Cooper at
Event Start Mar 9, 2018 6:30 pm
Event End Mar 10, 2018 11:00 am
Individual Price $105.00

Contact Info

4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

Office Hours

Our office is staffed by volunteer receptionists. Please call (858) 273-7800 before planning your visit to ensure someone will be there to assist you.