Classes and Workshops

Please note!

OAS has transitioned to online signup for field trips. Field trips are released (open for sign-up) bimonthly, except for overnight trips, which are released early. SIGN UP for classes and PAY here.

Dragonfly Workshop. Photo: Deborah Green

Dragonfly Identification

Interested in identifying dragonflies? Be sure to bring your binoculars to this class.

  • Instructors: Mary Keim and Randy Snyder
  • Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sep 23, 2023; 9:00 AM–12:00 NOON
  • Class Limit: 15 participants
  • Cost: $12 members; $17 non-members
  • Contact: Mary Keim and Randy Snyder at
Pileated Woodpecker. Photo: Susan Thome-Barrett

Beginners Bird Identification

This class will give you the skills and basic information to make you a successful birder and appreciate and enjoy our feathered friends more. Classes will take place in three different types of habitat.

  • Instructors: Kathy Rigling and Susan Thome-Barrett
  • Locations: Orlando Wetlands Park (initial meeting) and TBA (locations vary depending on season)
  • Dates/Times:
    • Fall: Saturdays, Oct 15, 22, and 29, 2023 – 8:00 AM–11:30 AM
    • Winter: Sat. Jan 6, Sun. Jan 21 and Sat. Jan 27, 2024 – 8:00 AM–11:30 aM
  • Class Limit: 12 participants per season
  • Cost per Season: $50 members; $65 non-members; $10 youth (12 & under) with registered adult
  • Contact: Teresa Williams at 407-718-1977, Sign up online in yellow box above
king rail in grass
King Rail. Photo: Kathy Rigling

Intermediate Bird Identification

Build on skills learned in the Beginners Bird Identification class and learn new identification tips.

  • Instructor: Bob Sanders
  • Locations: Orlando Wetlands Park 
  • Dates/Times: Saturdays, March 23 and 30, 2024 – 8:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • Class Limit: 12 participants
  • Cost per Season: $50 members; $65 non-members
  • Contact: Teresa Williams at 407- 718-1977,
  • Sign up online in yellow box above
Red-tailed Hawk. Photo: Susan Thome-Barrett

Birds of Prey Identification

Focuses on the details and nuances of raptor identification.

  • Instructor: Bob Sanders
  • Location: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, Apopka
  • Dates/Time: Sundays, Jan 14 and Feb 4, 2024, 7:30 AM–1:00 PM
  • Class Limit: 12 participants
  • Cost per class: $12 members; $17 non-members 
  • Contact: Bob Sanders at (407) 459-5617,
  • Sign up online in yellow box above
Four-spotted Pennant. Photo: Susan Thome-Barrett

Family Green PLACE Nature and Photography Hikes

Youth, families, and others explore an Orange County Green PLACE property and receive tips on nature photography.

  • Co-leaders: Beth Jackson, Orange County naturalist, and Lee Ann Posavad, wildlife photographer
  • Location 1: Isle of Pines Preserve, East Orlando on Saturday, Nov 4, 2023, 9:00–11:30 AM
  • Location 2: Johns Lake Conservation Area, Winter Garden on Sunday, Feb 24, 2024, 9:00–11:30 AM
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Beth Jackson at (407) 836-1481