Classes and Workshops

Please note!

OAS is transitioning to online signup for field trips. Please bear with us as we complete this transition. Through October 2023, you can sign up for events either by:

  • Filling out the online field trip signup form, and paying if applicable, here.
  • Contacting the activity lead directly (contact information is listed for each activity) and submitting an OAS liability release waiver 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
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
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 
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