Community Ed

Spring 2022 Semester Community Education Workshops.

February Classes

4 birders looking through binoculars and a scope on a beach on a sunny day

Birds for Complete Beginners aka "What bird is that?"


If you enjoy spending time outside, consider taking up birding. It’s a four-season activity that will extend the amount of time you spend outdoors, but also can be done from the comfort of your home. It can give you the sense of being a treasure seeker as you try to spot birds you know should be around (and find others you may not expect).

Instructor: Dr. Cindy Trussell
Cost:$25.00
Date: February 15
Time: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Format: Online

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

Chair Stretching for Seniorsdiagram of different stretches done with a chair

Learn gentle techniques to strengthen muscles and improve posture and mobility.

Instructor:  Marybeth Loewen, NSDK owner
Cost: $15.00
Date: February 20
Time: Sunday 2:00-2:45 
Format: Hybrid–Online or In Person available

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

Enhance your Birding with Mobile Appsan arctic tern with beak open sitting on a tussock near a body of water

I can’t imagine leaving my smartphone at home when birding! As technology continues to advance, it has become an invaluable tool. There are birding apps for just about everything, including field guides, checklist apps, automatic recognition, and even apps that sync with eBird to help find local birds that you haven’t seen. But trying to find apps that work well and are functional for birding can be expensive. Over the years,  I have downloaded some losers and found some that I deleted almost immediately. In this session, I will share my preferred mobile apps and share some tips on how to use some of the free apps to really enhance your birding experiences.

Instructor: Dr. Cindy Trussell 
Cost: $25.00
Date: February 22
Time: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Format: Online 

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

 

March Classes

Owl Prowlnorthern hawk owl perched in a tree

Who-o-o isn't curious about owls? This program will begin with a discussion of some of the unique adaptations such as sight, hearing, and feather anatomy that make owls such a fascinating family of birds. We'll finish with a short walk during which we'll discuss habitat preferences of owls and where you might find them while watching and listening for any owls that are out and about. 

Instructor: Dr. Cindy Trussell
Cost:$25.00
Date: March 8
Time: Tuesday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Format: Online 
Field trip space is limited to 6 people

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

a bar of lavender soap wrapped in twineThe Chemistry of Soap Making

Learn the fun and fascinating process of making soap and leave with a collection of your own scents and styles! Materials included.

Instructor: Dr. Cindy Trussell 
Cost: $55.00
Date: Mar 22
Time: Tuesday 6:00-8:00
Format: Face to Face
Space is limited to 8

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

plastic zip top bag containing a dehydrated soup mix. Photo Credit Tony WebsterDehydrate Your Trail Meals

This class is great for anyone who is curious about creating their own meals for the trail, whether you already own a dehydrator or not. Learn the basics of dehydration and techniques to improve the meals you pack for your adventures. The first class will include a dehydration primer and best practices for dehydrating meals.  Use the period between the two classes to try out your dehydrator and bring your questions to the second class. 

This two session course includes the cookbook: Dehydrator Cookbook for Outdoor Adventures: Healthy Delicious Recipes for Backpacking and Beyond

Instructor: Julie Mosier, founder of Foodforthesole.com
Cost: $30.00
Date: March 21 and March 28
Time: Two Mondays 6:00-7:30
Format: Online 

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

 

April Classes

Kodiak's Winter Songbirds: Beginning Birding by Eara nuthatch berched on a snowy branch

If you've ever been intrigued by the sounds outside you hear when outside, don't miss this opportunity to learn how, why, and most importantly, which birds are singing (and what sounds are not birds). You'll learn about the differences between songs and calls, how to decipher what you hear now and what is coming this spring and summer. Ideally, you will learn a basic skill set for listening to the cacophony of spring and tools for identifying new and unusual songs.

Combine this class with your own local bird walks to deepen your birding experience.

Instructor: Dr. Cindy Trussell
Cost: $25.00
Date: April 5
Time: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Format: Online 

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

Floral Arrangementa colorful floral arrangement outside

Want to get the most out of that store-bought bouquet? Learn the techniques for creating beautiful floral arrangements and bring home or gift your arrangement just in time for Easter. Materials included.

Instructor: Kate Loewen
Cost:$40.00
Date:  April 9
Time: Saturday 10:00-12:00 a.m.
Format: In Person
Space is limited to 12

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

Spanish Pastry Making2 pieces of spanish pastry on a plate

Learn to make Gramma's Spanish pastry recipe just in time for springtime brunches. Can also be made deliciously vegan and gluten free & friends and family will never know! Follow along at home and then enjoy your delectable dish.

Instructor: Jacelyn Keys
Cost:$15.00
Date: April 14
Time:Thursday,  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Format: Online

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

Create a custom cutting boardcutting board

Make a unique cutting board that your family will use all year long.  Create a custom gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! Materials included.

Instructor: Jeremy McBride
Cost: $65.00
Date: Two part class: Apr 15 & Apr 17
Time: Friday 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 p.m.
Format: In Person
Space is limited to 10 students

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal

Oracle Card Readingoracle cards on a table

Oracle cards (Tarot’s whimsical cousin) can be a fun and playful tool for self reflection and growth. Join oracle card enthusiast Krissy Petersen to learn more about the process of oracle card reading as well as what this practice offers in the way of insight, affirmation, and guidance in connecting to our authentic selves. 

Instructor: Krissy Petersen
Cost: $25.00
Date: May 1, 2-3:30pm
Format: Online

You can register for this class through our Community Education Portal