Want to take a class from me? Here’s a schedule of my upcoming classes! Please note some classes are offered more than once per semester. All classes are single-session classes except for Nature Identification for the Beginning Naturalist, which is a two-session class. Each session lasts approximately 2-3 hours for online classes; times vary for in-person classes.
At this time the majority of classes are online; you can read more about why here. Any in-person classes may be subject to being changed to online or hybrid according to local and state regulations, and guidelines set by the venue.
Anyone can register for ONLINE classes regardless of what college or other entity is hosting them; you do NOT need to live in the same area (or even the same state/country!) However, some classes may have region-specific information in addition to more generally-applicable information.
All times are Pacific Standard Time unless otherwise noted.
~Pick the ONLINE class you want at the time and date that work best for you, regardless of where it’s being hosted! Many great options to choose from, at some excellent venues!~
Nature Identification Classes
Did you ever want to be able to identify the animals, plants and fungi around you? You don’t need a biology degree! Learn how anyone can explore nature in more depth using books, the internet, and everyday observations.
Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 10am – 4pm, Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology (Lincoln City, OR), IN PERSON – Register here
The Pacific Northwest is plentiful with wild edible plants and fungi. Learn the basics of identifying common edible flowers and plants, some even found in your backyard! Identify their poisonous look-alikes, and learn ways to prepare what you collect in your own kitchen. Please note there is some crossover material with the mushroom hunting class.
Wednesday, February 22, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Mt. Hood Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Tuesday, March 14, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Clatsop Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Mushroom foraging is a popular pursuit in the Northwest. Learn where to search for edible mushrooms and how to identify common wild mushrooms and poisonous species. Discover more facts about fungi in your backyard! Please note that there is some crossover material with the PNW foraging class.
Monday, March 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Wednesday, March 15, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Mt. Hood Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Saturday, March 18, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Thursday, April 13, 6pm – 8pm EST/3pm – 5pm PST, CT EdAdvance, ONLINE – Registration information coming soon!
No botany degree? No problem! Join Master Naturalist Rebecca Lexa as she shares beginner-friendly tools and skills for identifying plants wherever you may be. This is a casual identification class so technical terms will be at a minimum, and you’ll also learn some resources for further exploration.
Tuesday, January 24, 5pm – 6pm PST/7pm – 8pm CST, Missouri Native Plant Society, ONLINE – Registration information coming soon!
Birds are some of the easiest wildlife to observe, even in urban areas. But how can you tell which is which? Learn how to tell your thrushes from your warblers, hawks from eagles, waterfowl from wading birds, and more! Whether you’re a backyard bird watcher, or are eager to go out into the wilderness to check species off your life list, this is a great class to get you started. (Combines the Backyard Birdwatching and Bird Identification classes below.)
Monday, January 23, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Saturday, February 4, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
If you’re just getting started with birdwatching, look no further! In this class you’ll learn what sort of equipment might be helpful, safe and ethical bird feeding, some common backyard birds to look for, and other useful tips and resources.
Thursday, February 16, 6pm – 7:30pm, Mt. Hood Community College, ONLINE – Register here
If you’ve got your basic birdwatching skills down and you want to get better at identifying some of the hundreds of birds found in your area, this class is for you! Includes detailed information on field marks and other characteristics of birds, skills and tools for identification, and more! (Sample birds are chosen for the area in which the college/venue is located.)
Thursday, January 26, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Mt. Hood Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Join Master Naturalist Rebecca Lexa on a two-hour walk along the Crown-Zellerbach Trail in Scappoose, OR! We’ll keep our eyes open for songbirds, raptors, and other wild birds in the forests and open areas. Bring binoculars and water, and wear good walking shoes for this paved path.
Class will return for spring 2023 semester!
Note: This class is held via Portland Community College. You must have taken at least one of my relevant classes (Nature Identification, Birdwatching, Foraging, Mushrooms) through PCC in order to take it.
Have you taken our birdwatching, PNW foraging, or mushroom identification ONLINE classes during this or previous semesters? This is a chance for you to get some field experience trying out your identification tools and skills with instructor Rebecca Lexa.
Class will return for spring 2023 semester!
Join a Master Naturalist for a walk around Astoria! Starting at the CCC campus, come walk through the surrounding neighborhood and venture towards the river. Along the way you’ll learn how to be more aware of the nature around you.
Class will return Spring 2023!
Nestled at the convergence of Oswego Creek and the Willamette River, George Rogers Park has a surprisingly rich natural and cultural history. Join Master Naturalist Rebecca Lexa for a walk-and-talk exploring this park, from 13 million year old stones, to the first iron furnace in the Northwest, to a recovering conifer forest.
Saturday, June 10, 11:00am – 12:30pm, George Rogers Park (Lake Oswego, OR), IN PERSON – Registration information coming soon!
Natural History Classes
In this class, Master Naturalist Rebecca Lexa will share with you some of the interesting biological facts and ecological roles of fungi found in the Pacific Northwest. Students will learn why some times of the year are better for finding mushrooms than others (and why they aren’t always found in the same places each year!), and what sorts of relationships fungi have with other beings in their ecosystems. Throughout the hike, students will be encouraged to keep a lookout for any mushrooms they might find along the way!
Sunday, April 23, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Wildcraft Studio School (Portland), IN PERSON – Register here
You’ve seen these unusual life forms growing on trees, rocks, and even buildings. Learn about lichen biology, the role of lichens in their ecosystems and incredible lichens found in the Pacific Northwest.
Thursday, February 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Sunday, March 26, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Wildcraft Studio School (Portland), IN PERSON – Register here
Wednesday, May 31, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Central Oregon Community College, ONLINE – Register here
What are you standing on? The Pacific Northwest is full of geological history of all sorts, from volcanoes to floods to ancient islands from far off in the ocean. Learn about some of the forces that created our region’s landforms, and resources to go exploring on your own! (Has some material overlap with the Ecoregions of Oregon class.)
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Tacoma Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Beauty can be found all around our state of Oregon in mountain, ocean, forest and desert landscapes! Learn about the eight distinct and unique ecoregions of our state including the geology, hydrology, climatology and biology that helped shape them all. (Has some material overlap with the PNW Geology class.)
Monday, March 6, 6pm – 8:30pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
The dry side of Oregon offers incredible opportunities to learn about the animals, plants, and other beings that have adapted to live there. Learn how geology, hydrology, and climate come together to create a unique set of challenges and resources for living beings on the east side of the Cascade range!
Thursday, March 16, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Central Oregon Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Monday, May 22, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Central Oregon Community College, ONLINE – Register here
The forests of the Northwest have adapted to periodic fires over thousands of years. We have seen more frequent, larger, and hotter wildfires in recent years. How did this happen, and what can we do about it?
Monday March 20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Nature is good for you, but did you ever wonder why? In this class you’ll get to explore how the many ways we connect with nature help improve our mental health, how nature is incorporated into therapy, and how you can apply these principles to your everyday life.
Class will be available in 2023 – details coming soon!
Climate change has a lot of people stressed and anxious! In this one-day class you’ll learn nature-based practices to help with stress reduction and mental well-being. These are practices you can use anywhere, any time. Some practices may incorporate making two-dimensional art, so please have art supplies of your choice available during class (even a pen and paper will work!)
Wednesday, February 8, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Portland Community College, ONLINE – Register here
Do you want chickens in your backyard but aren’t sure where to get started? We’ll talk about whether to start with brand new chicks or older birds, what your new flock will need, common maladies and how to treat them, and more! PLEASE NOTE: The last, OPTIONAL section of this class includes information about humanely culling chickens, whether for euthanasia or meat.
Wednesday, May 17, 6pm – 8pm EST/3pm – 5pm PST, CT EdAdvance, ONLINE – Registration information coming soon!