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Adults of all ages are welcome in LIFE Academy classes! If you qualify for the LIFE DISCOUNT (62 and over in Grand Traverse County), please call NMC-EES at 995-1700 to register and receive the discount.

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Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBirds Up Close— 2019-11-14 through  2019-11-14$45— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using the incredible NMC collection of over 100 specimens, you will examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666924
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEveryone Is an Artist— 2019-11-13 through  2019-11-13$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, an instructor of the popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, has developed a creativity kit that will engage seasoned artists and those who have never even considered themselves to be creative or artistic. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and receive hands-on instruction with the kit; using it as both a journal and sketchbook that will grow your ability to be present and enrich your world view. The creativity tool kit is included in the cost ($25). This class is ideal for those who have taken Learn to See or as a great introduction for anyone -- no previous art training or experience required. Open to adults and youth age 12+ (when accompanied by an enrolled adult).

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667354
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$99— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667421
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$139— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667429
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$179— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 44. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667432
Michigan Mammals Up Close — 2019-11-21 through  2019-11-21$55— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the bears head to their dens this winter, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan mammals in the comfort of the lab using NMCs collection. Examine specimens up close and in your hands. We will check out hair, teeth, feet and wings to see how they make various mammals well suited for their environments. You will dissect an owl pellet and find out what it ate. You will learn to identify several species of smaller mammals, some of which you may never have seen before. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669141
Course ClosedSigns of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals — 2019-12-03 through  2019-12-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m., at Grass River Education Center, (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). River otters are active and healthy at Grass River Natural Area. Join a naturalist to learn the natural history of river otters and how to spot signs of these elusive and fun indicators of water quality. On the trail we will look for signs of other elusive animals, like bobcat, mink or black bear. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and takes place at Grass River Natural Area; meet at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668445
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$99— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667421
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$139— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667429
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$179— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 44. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667432
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEveryone Is an Artist— 2019-11-13 through  2019-11-13$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, an instructor of the popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, has developed a creativity kit that will engage seasoned artists and those who have never even considered themselves to be creative or artistic. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and receive hands-on instruction with the kit; using it as both a journal and sketchbook that will grow your ability to be present and enrich your world view. The creativity tool kit is included in the cost ($25). This class is ideal for those who have taken Learn to See or as a great introduction for anyone -- no previous art training or experience required. Open to adults and youth age 12+ (when accompanied by an enrolled adult).

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667354
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBirds Up Close— 2019-11-14 through  2019-11-14$45— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using the incredible NMC collection of over 100 specimens, you will examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666924
Michigan Mammals Up Close — 2019-11-21 through  2019-11-21$55— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the bears head to their dens this winter, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan mammals in the comfort of the lab using NMCs collection. Examine specimens up close and in your hands. We will check out hair, teeth, feet and wings to see how they make various mammals well suited for their environments. You will dissect an owl pellet and find out what it ate. You will learn to identify several species of smaller mammals, some of which you may never have seen before. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669141
Course ClosedSigns of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals — 2019-12-03 through  2019-12-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m., at Grass River Education Center, (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). River otters are active and healthy at Grass River Natural Area. Join a naturalist to learn the natural history of river otters and how to spot signs of these elusive and fun indicators of water quality. On the trail we will look for signs of other elusive animals, like bobcat, mink or black bear. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and takes place at Grass River Natural Area; meet at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668445
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