Interactive Backyard


Local bird

Discover the wildlife in your backyard

Explore our online, interactive backyard to learn about the local wildlife right outside your window





At this new series of classes, you'll learn from experts from Bats Northwest and Woodland Park Zoo about the threats facing bats, amphibians, and bees locally and globally, as well as what how you can help in your own backyard.

*Washington state-approved clock hours are available to teachers who take one or more classes that total more than three contact hours.


 Fall Backyard Habitat Classes

Bat Wing Squared

Mammals in Flight: Biology, Ecology and Stewardship of Bats

Sep 6, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  5 clock hours available
Learn more about these nocturnal creatures' biology, their ecological niche and the risks they currently are facing all while becoming a Bat Ambassador. Join Woodland Park Zoo and Bats Northwest for your ambassador training and after the training, you'll have all the tools necessary to spread the word about bats needs and benefits to your friends, family and community. 

An optional evening adventure will meet up near the Bath House at Green Lake for those that would like to see the bats in action following the training.  Using bat detectors, we'll take a peek at what our local bats get up to at night (weather dependent). 

Fee: $30 per person

Bees Backyard Habitat

Pollinators: Saving our Populations of Bees - CANCELED

Oct 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  2 clock hours available*
Bees might be small in size but humans depend on them for the success of our food supply.  As bees are rapidly disappearing our food supply is also in peril.  Uncover some of the mysteries of why bee populations are struggling to survive and the solutions affecting the health of honey bees, native bumble bees and other native pollinators. 

Fee: $25 per person


Amphibians: Conservation Efforts for Ecosystem Ambassadors  - CANCELED

Oct 18, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  2 clock hours available*
Found on nearly every continent, amphibians are important indicator species for environmental health even as they undergo decline worldwide.  Come and learn fascinating facts about these beautiful animals, their crucial role in the ecosystem, and global conservation efforts to save them from extinction.  Find out how you can support the call to action, ensuring that these creatures will continue to thrive on our planet as they have done from more than 200 million years. 

Fee: $25 per person


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To register by mail, fax or walk in registration, click here.



Please check back on February 15 for Spring Backyard Habitat Classes


 Want more information about creating habitat in your backyard, schoolyard or community garden?

Check out the Northwest Zoo & Aquarium Alliance website!



If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional help please contact the Individual Registrar at 206.548.2424 x3 or by e-mail.



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