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Aquatic Insects and Water Quality— 2019-09-16 through  2019-09-30$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., Sept. 16-30, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 204 and field trips. There are some incredible insects and other invertebrates that spend much of their life in water before emerging to the land or air. Learn the natural history of these insects and how the quantity and quality of aquatic life equates to the health of a stream or body of water. In this hands-on course, join the staff of the Grass River Natural Area as you work with the tools and techniques used to measure water quality in our region by looking at our local fauna. Run chemical and physical field tests and evaluate your results to determine the levels of oxygen, turbidity, pH, temperature and nutrients. The first class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire (directions provided at the first class). This course qualifies for credit toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339595
Bird Breeding Basics — 2019-06-15 through  2019-06-15$49— Face to FaceView Details

Sat., June 15, 7-9 a.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 116. When you see a robin carrying worms or grass as it flies by, it means it has a nest nearby! In this class, we will observe these and other bird behaviors related to breeding, and see if we can locate some nests. Armed with this information, you will be able keep track of which types of birds are breeding near your home, and contribute to citizen science efforts to monitor and support breeding populations around you. For this early morning class, dress for outdoors and wet areas. Some walking on uneven terrain can be expected. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335696
Botany Tour of Good Harbor Beach— 2019-06-25 through  2019-06-25$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., June 25, 10 a.m-1 p.m., Good Harbor Beach Parking Lot. We often overlook beach and dune ecosystems on our way to the water -- but these unique and fragile systems are a defining element of our northern Michigan landscape. Learn the plants that make up the native dune community and their important roles in the ecosystem. We will visit open and forested sand dunes, dry-mesic northern forest, and a nearby beaver pond. Be prepared to be in the sun and to walk on uneven terrain with loose sand. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at Good Harbor Beach parking lot off of Good Harbor Trail/Co Rd 651, north of Cedar, in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (park pass is required). This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335770
Botany Tour of Kehl Lake Natural Area— 2019-07-19 through  2019-07-19$49— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., July 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Trailhead N. Kehl Rd. Northport. Explore early summer plants in the conifer swamps, mesic northern forest, and shoreline communities at Kehl Lake Natural Area. Look at several species of ferns, grasses and aquatic and semi-aquatic species along the shoreline. Expect easy walking mostly on trail with flat terrain, but we may get wet feet along the waters edge. Bring water, proper footwear, bug spray or long sleeves, and a magnifier. Meet at the trailhead at 12625 N. Kehl Rd., Northport. For directions see: leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/kehl-lake-natural-area. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335851
Botany Tour of Lost Lake Bog— 2019-07-01 through  2019-07-01$49— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., July 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp Entrance. Investigate the plants that make sphagnum bogs their homes, such as orchids, carnivorous plants, and ericaceous plants. Discuss the unique biogeochemistry of bog ecosystems, how they form, and the special adaptations plants have made. Prepare for moderately difficult walking on uneven terrain and wet feet. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp entrance, located on the west side of the lake next to the Platte River outlet. Google Maps address: 375 Gonder Rd., Interlochen. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335819
Botany Tour of Port Oneida — 2019-08-22 through  2019-08-22$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs. Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Parking Area at Lane Road, Port Oneida. Visit several sites around the Port Oneida Historic District including fallow fields, wetlands, shoreline and forest edges to explore late season flowering plants. We will focus on members of the Asteraceae family such as goldenrods and asters. Prepare for moderate walking on trails with some hills. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the parking area at the end of Lane Rd., off of Port Oneida Rd. in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (park pass is required). This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350336925
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBuilding Balance and Defeating Dizziness— 2019-05-28 through  2019-07-02$69— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., May 28-July 2, 2-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. From your foot to your inner ear, your ability to balance can be strengthened in three specific systems. Join FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers experts to learn about these systems and the common issues that affect balance: vision, hearing, strength, medications, viruses, vestibular problems and more. Practice vestibular exercises to strengthen the messages the inner ear sends to the brain, somatosensory exercises to improve the nerve pathways from our muscles and joints to the brain, and discover how our visual system can over or under function in complex environments. Do not wait for a fall to occur to start building your balance! Classes include 45 minutes of exercise and 15 of lecture, Q and A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339952
Chair Yoga— 2019-07-19 through  2019-08-23$55— Face to FaceView Details

5 Fri., July 19-Aug. 23, 1-1:45 p.m. (no class Aug. 2), Dennos Museum Center. Be the best version of yourself -- come explore your potential with yoga! Enjoy the benefits of the essential elements of yoga in seated position. Yoga improves flexibility, posture, balance and spiritual and mental wellness. Practice a variety of yoga poses and discover the rewards of gentle stretches, postures and relaxation through breathing and meditation. All levels and abilities are welcome. Meets in the Dennos Museum. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337186
Come Sail Away with the MHA— 2019-08-13 through  2019-08-13$99— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Maritime Heritage Alliance - Discovery Pier, (13268 S. W. Bay Shore Dr., TC). Join experienced captain and crew members of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and sail West Grand Traverse Bay! This unique small class will set sail on the 39-foot Champion, a custom-built cutter. Learn about sailing from the experts: Jay Ruzak, MHA captain and owner of the Grey Hare Inn, or Doug Roberts, sailor of the Mediterranean and other seas - with great stories to tell! Tie knots, take the helm and hoist the sails while exploring Grand Traverse Bay. Learn maritime history and traditions; in the 1800s Michigan used sailing to drive its economy. Join us in celebrating 10 years of SAIL Champion, the program that helps youth who have experience trauma, and experience firsthand why the program is so successful. Enjoy sailing the beautiful waters of the bay with the MHA! If postponed due to rain, class will be August 15th.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337087
Enjoying Dragonflies and Damselflies— 2019-06-06 through  2019-06-20$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., June 6-20, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 207. Finding dragonflies and damselflies with binoculars and cameras is becoming as popular and enjoyable as birding. These colorfully patterned insects of the order Odonata are a delight to find and can be indicators of habitat and biodiversity. Join the staff of Grass River Natural Area in exploring the identification, collection, natural history, and photography of dragonflies and damselflies. We will learn in the classroom for the first session, then put our knowledge to work in the field with nets and binoculars at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire for the remaining classes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335680
Entomology for the Naturalist— 2019-08-19 through  2019-08-26$89— Face to FaceView Details

Mon/Wed/Mon, Aug. 19, 21 and 26, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 207. The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. Be prepared to be outside part of each day. This course is required for the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339498
Feldenkrais— 2019-06-20 through  2019-08-15$95— Face to FaceView Details

8 Thurs., June 20-Aug. 15, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (no class July 4), Meets at Yoga For Health Education, (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brains plasticity to improve comfort and mobility! Join Alice Brydges to experience a revolutionary approach to improving human function through somatic movement (conscious focus on the internal experience of movement). The Feldenkrais Method® employs a variety of user-friendly movement lessons and a gentle hands-on approach that engages your brains neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and to increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out!

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340150
Forever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-06-03 through  2019-07-03$75— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, June 3-July 3, attend 1-2 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 36. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340554
Forever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-06-03 through  2019-07-03$105— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, June 3-July 3, attend 3-4 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340638
Forever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-06-03 through  2019-07-03$145— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, June 3-July 3, attend 5-6 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340731
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$75— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 1-2 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340821
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$105— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 3-4 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342014
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$145— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 5-6 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342010
From Takeoff to Return--Travel Planning and Safety Tips — 2019-08-20 through  2019-08-20$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 20, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 205. Be a seasoned traveler whether it is your first trip or your 100th! Be more than simply a tourist! Let Betsy Williams, former travel consultant, show you how to navigate the multitude of travel resource websites and gain a better understanding of destination selection and booking options. Find out how to build a personalized itinerary based on cultural experiences and attractions of interest to you. Explore resources that are available to help you stay safe and healthy for both domestic and overseas travel.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335223
Gentle Yoga— 2019-07-16 through  2019-08-20$85— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., July 16-Aug. 20, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Phys. Ed. Rm. 120. Find out why so many have found that yoga improves flexibility, strength, posture and balance, as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Gentle Yoga is designed for people of any level of physical ability who prefer a more mindful, gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing. Last two classes meet at Crooked Tree Yoga Studio inside Epiphany Salon (M-72 in Acme).

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846618
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes— 2019-05-14 through  2019-05-14$125— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., May 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from, the University Center Parking Lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to several ghost towns. Glen Haven is an example of what these logging villages were like in their heyday. Discover what happened to the towns and the people who lived there. We will travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people know how to find. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. Includes lunch and transportation. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot (if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire, arrive there at 9 a.m.).

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335027
Governing Today: Exploring Partisan Polarization— 2019-06-12 through  2019-06-12$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., June 12, 10a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Polarization is the dominant character of governing and electioneering which are marked by rancor and gridlock in todays government. Examine how this shift in American politics came about. What are the consequences for politics and government? And what might be done to mitigate or change the system? Topics include a historical overview of government norms from the New Deal to contemporary politics. Discussion will examine the shift from centrist dominance to political polarization.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335250
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGrief Recovery— 2019-05-22 through  2019-07-10$1— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., May 22-July 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Learn to employ The Grief Recovery Method®, an action program for moving beyond loss, providing partnerships and guidance to support moving forward in life free from the emotional pain that accompanies the grieving experience. Your feelings while grieving are normal and natural; the problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural. This program is helpful for first time grief workshop participants or a wonderful follow-up for those who have completed Understanding Your Grief, as The Grief Recovery Method more deeply explores an individuals life and loss histories as well as other factors affecting ones journey through grief. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335191
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGuide to Tree Identification— 2019-05-23 through  2019-05-30$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., CHANGED to MAY 30 and JUNE 6, 1-4 p.m., CHANGED to University Center Rm. 213 Enhance your hiking, landscaping and outdoor adventures by learning to identify the beautiful trees and woody shrubs of northern Michigan and their invasive counterparts. Discover their roles in the eco-system and learn plant classification, tree identification, and nomenclature in the classroom. Then take to the woods at the 2nd class for a leisurely 3-hour guided field walk. Put your new knowledge to work learning unique physical characteristics, habitats and growing conditions. Recommended book, Trees of Michigan: Field Guide by Stan Tekiela (or any Michigan/Midwest tree guide), can be found at most bookstores (approx. $13) or online. Second class meets at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area (4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). This course includes the class, Native Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk, and qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335739
History of the Anishinabek— 2019-06-20 through  2019-06-27$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., June 20 and 27, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 209. The history of our region gets its roots from the Odawa Anishinabek who settled here many, many years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The tribe is one of the three recognized tribes of Odawa peoples in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the 3 Fires people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335227
Identifying Edible and Medicinal Plants— 2019-06-16 through  2019-06-16$49— Face to FaceView Details

Sun., June 16, 1-4 p.m., Grand Traverse Commons, Natural Area trailhead parking lot on Red Dr., near TBAISD Conference Center. Have you ever tasted a wild leek? A violet? Did you know that many of the plants around us can be used as food or medicine? Gain basic plant identification skills as you learn to recognize more than 20 common species of edible and medicinal plants and know when they are ready for gathering. We will also explore how plants and humans interact, how they have been used by people for millennia, and how we can forage without threatening the survival of these marvelous plant neighbors. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Come prepared for hiking on uneven ground. Optional text: The Foragers Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Plants.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846629
Into The Wilderness— 2019-06-05 through  2019-06-06$99— Face to FaceView Details

Wed. and Thurs.: June 5, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 209, AND June 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores 71,000 acres have been set aside as wilderness by the US Congress. Join park expert, Kerry Kelly, to explore first-hand what the wilderness designation means for this national treasure. The first day is a 2-hour classroom discussion; the second class is a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guided tour of two areas within the designated wilderness, including morning and afternoon walks with different habitats and natural features. Cost includes lunch at a nearby restaurant. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335661
Journal-Keeping in Nature — 2019-06-26 through  2019-06-26$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., June 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. Deepen your experience of the out-of-doors by keeping a journal. Add insights to your observations and wisdom to your wandering. Join author Karen Anderson for a discussion of journal keeping in nature -- with tips, prompts and sample writings from famous naturalists including Annie Dillard, Peter Matthiessen, Aldo Leopold, and Terry Tempest Williams. Create an original personal record of your outdoor experiences that you can turn to and return to for a lifetime. Bring a notebook and a favorite writing implement, and be prepared for a short outdoor exercise. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846636
Lake Michigan Shoreline Habitats-A One Day On-the-Road Adventure— 2019-05-29 through  2019-05-29$125— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., May 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Transportation leaves from the, University Center Parking Lot at, 8 a.m.(if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor, Center in Empire, arrive there 9 a.m.) Experience up-close some of the habitats along the Lake Michigan shoreline. With Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) as your classroom, learn how the habitats were formed, who lives there, their unique geology, and environmental threats that affect all of the Lake Michigan shoreline -- invasive species, development, and climate change. Travel by van to several places to explore habitats, unique spots, and issues. We begin at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park (or meet the group at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m.). Includes lunch, transportation, and all-day teacher/guide. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Wear hiking shoes for short walks along the beach or through the woods.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335299
LIFE Lunch - NMC Indonesia Reef Study Project— 2019-08-09 through  2019-08-09$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Aug. 9, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the August LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Join Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Academic Area at Northwestern Michigan College, for a dynamic presentation showcasing a team of dedicated college students, new technology and a coral reef in Indonesia. This project was part of a capstone course for students in the Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology program at NMC. Learn how students utilized their project management skills to integrate the collection of water quality data, unmanned aerial imagery, and ROV (remotely operated vehicles) video to meet the criteria of the sponsoring research institution at a remote location. Enjoy amazing pictures of the beautiful land, air and seas they traversed around the Bunaken Nation Park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia! Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 51. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337077
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness— 2019-05-21 through  2019-06-11$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues., May 21-June 11, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg -- a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335216
Meet the Beetles Up Close— 2019-07-30 through  2019-07-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., July 30, 9 a.m.-Noon, Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 116. Beetles are the most abundant insect on the planet. Northern Naturalist students and others will enjoy examining these specimens up-close as you learn fascinating characteristics of these creatures. Learn to use a taxonomy key and build understanding of anatomy, life history, relationships to other insects, habitats and roles in the ecosystem. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337159
Michigan Amphibians and Reptiles— 2019-06-03 through  2019-06-17$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., June 3-17, 10 a.m.-Noon, Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 114 and Grass River Natural Area. Explore Michigans wonderful variety of unique frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles in this classroom and field course. In the classroom, examine the natural history and recent research on Michigans amphibians and reptiles before hitting the trail in search of some of these elusive but spectacular creatures. Learn field ID and handling techniques as we search forest, field, swamp and stream. Participate in a citizen science project by contributing our findings to the Michigan Herp Atlas. The first class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire (directions provided at the first class). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335723
Native Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk— 2019-05-30 through  2019-05-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., CHANGED to JUNE 6, 1-4 p.m., at Trailhead of Cedar Run Creek Natural Area 4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). Experience a leisurely 3-hour guided walk, on level ground, in the woods with ISA certified arborist, Bo Burke. Become familiar with the majestic and varied trees and shrubs of northern Michigan. Learn their unique physical characteristics, their habitat, and growing conditions. With your newfound knowledge, you will be ready to practice tree identification and skills on future nature walks. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Dress to walk outdoors.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335713
Course ClosedNorthern Michigan Geology— 2019-07-10 through  2019-07-11$125— Face to FaceView Details

2 days: Wed., July 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lab), AND Thurs., July 11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (field trip), Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. Explore the formation of the northern Michigan landscape through a classroom, lab, and field trip experience. Guided by NMC Geology Professor, Robb Houston, learn about the Paleozoic rock layers, their fossils, and the relationship of rock layers to more recent geologic processes. A half-day in the lab provides core information for a full day of discovery visiting geologic sites. The field trip involves walking up to a mile in wooded terrain. Meet at the classroom both days. Transportation and picnic box lunch are included. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337036
Course ClosedNorthern Michigan Glacial Landforms— 2019-07-17 through  2019-07-17$99— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., July 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. Glaciers were a significant force in the formation of our region. Join NMC Geology Instructor Robb Houston, as he guides you in an exploration of our local glacial landforms. We will use aerial photographs, topographic maps and soil survey equipment to discover the origin of beach ridges, moraines, kettles and stream-related landforms. The course begins with a brief in-lab discussion followed by a half-day field trip to geological sites of interest throughout the area. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather. Van transportation is provided. Tour involves hikes on uneven terrain.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337145
Support Group for Mental Illness — 2019-06-17 through  2019-08-19$1— Face to FaceView Details

10 Mon., June 17-Aug. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the nations largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. The support group is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340064
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerToday's American Government and Politics— 2019-05-16 through  2019-05-30$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., May 16-30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Today's American government is very different from that which one learned about in a high school or college government class. The differences are deeper than the current partisan polarization and rancor. This class reviews the ideas and structures of the founders, then traces the major changes that have occurred in institutions and practices as America has transformed from a frontier nation to an urban-industrial rising power to a post-industrial mature state.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335237
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief— 2019-05-15 through  2019-07-17$1— Face to FaceView Details

10 Wed., May 15-July 17, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your complex and painful thoughts and feelings. Munson Hospice is offering this FREE 10-session program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Munson Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Recovery Specialist. Explore and understand ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions that help in the healing process. The 10-week workshop is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340189
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-05-22 through  2019-05-22$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335073
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-05-23 through  2019-05-23$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335142
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushrooms of Spring - Summer— 2019-05-15 through  2019-05-15$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Spring is a wonderful time to forage for wild mushrooms. Join mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg as you learn about the fungi of spring. From early Red Cups to the Oysters and Chanterelles of summer, gain understanding of species and their defining characteristics and traits. Enjoy discussions of habitat, culinary and medicinal uses, and environment benefits along with tips and tricks for hunting the ever-popular Morels. Participants must have taken the Wild Mushroom Identification Basics class or have instructor permission prior to enrolling in this class. Naturalist Certificate students will receive elective credit.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 334521438
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushrooms of Spring - Summer— 2019-05-16 through  2019-05-16$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., May 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Spring is a wonderful time to forage for wild mushrooms. Join mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg as you learn about the fungi of spring. From early Red Cups to the Oysters and Chanterelles of summer, gain understanding of species and their defining characteristics and traits. Enjoy discussions of habitat, culinary and medicinal uses, and environmental benefits along with tips and tricks for hunting the ever-popular Morels. Participants must have taken the Wild Mushroom Identification Basics class or have instructor permission prior to enrolling in this class. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335200
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes— 2019-05-14 through  2019-05-14$125— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., May 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from, the University Center Parking Lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to several ghost towns. Glen Haven is an example of what these logging villages were like in their heyday. Discover what happened to the towns and the people who lived there. We will travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people know how to find. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. Includes lunch and transportation. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot (if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire, arrive there at 9 a.m.).

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335027
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushrooms of Spring - Summer— 2019-05-15 through  2019-05-15$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Spring is a wonderful time to forage for wild mushrooms. Join mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg as you learn about the fungi of spring. From early Red Cups to the Oysters and Chanterelles of summer, gain understanding of species and their defining characteristics and traits. Enjoy discussions of habitat, culinary and medicinal uses, and environment benefits along with tips and tricks for hunting the ever-popular Morels. Participants must have taken the Wild Mushroom Identification Basics class or have instructor permission prior to enrolling in this class. Naturalist Certificate students will receive elective credit.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 334521438
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief— 2019-05-15 through  2019-07-17$1— Face to FaceView Details

10 Wed., May 15-July 17, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your complex and painful thoughts and feelings. Munson Hospice is offering this FREE 10-session program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Munson Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Recovery Specialist. Explore and understand ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions that help in the healing process. The 10-week workshop is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340189
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushrooms of Spring - Summer— 2019-05-16 through  2019-05-16$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., May 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Spring is a wonderful time to forage for wild mushrooms. Join mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg as you learn about the fungi of spring. From early Red Cups to the Oysters and Chanterelles of summer, gain understanding of species and their defining characteristics and traits. Enjoy discussions of habitat, culinary and medicinal uses, and environmental benefits along with tips and tricks for hunting the ever-popular Morels. Participants must have taken the Wild Mushroom Identification Basics class or have instructor permission prior to enrolling in this class. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335200
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerToday's American Government and Politics— 2019-05-16 through  2019-05-30$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., May 16-30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Today's American government is very different from that which one learned about in a high school or college government class. The differences are deeper than the current partisan polarization and rancor. This class reviews the ideas and structures of the founders, then traces the major changes that have occurred in institutions and practices as America has transformed from a frontier nation to an urban-industrial rising power to a post-industrial mature state.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335237
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness— 2019-05-21 through  2019-06-11$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues., May 21-June 11, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg -- a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335216
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-05-22 through  2019-05-22$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335073
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGrief Recovery— 2019-05-22 through  2019-07-10$1— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., May 22-July 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Learn to employ The Grief Recovery Method®, an action program for moving beyond loss, providing partnerships and guidance to support moving forward in life free from the emotional pain that accompanies the grieving experience. Your feelings while grieving are normal and natural; the problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural. This program is helpful for first time grief workshop participants or a wonderful follow-up for those who have completed Understanding Your Grief, as The Grief Recovery Method more deeply explores an individuals life and loss histories as well as other factors affecting ones journey through grief. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335191
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGuide to Tree Identification— 2019-05-23 through  2019-05-30$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., CHANGED to MAY 30 and JUNE 6, 1-4 p.m., CHANGED to University Center Rm. 213 Enhance your hiking, landscaping and outdoor adventures by learning to identify the beautiful trees and woody shrubs of northern Michigan and their invasive counterparts. Discover their roles in the eco-system and learn plant classification, tree identification, and nomenclature in the classroom. Then take to the woods at the 2nd class for a leisurely 3-hour guided field walk. Put your new knowledge to work learning unique physical characteristics, habitats and growing conditions. Recommended book, Trees of Michigan: Field Guide by Stan Tekiela (or any Michigan/Midwest tree guide), can be found at most bookstores (approx. $13) or online. Second class meets at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area (4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). This course includes the class, Native Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk, and qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335739
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-05-23 through  2019-05-23$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335142
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBuilding Balance and Defeating Dizziness— 2019-05-28 through  2019-07-02$69— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., May 28-July 2, 2-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. From your foot to your inner ear, your ability to balance can be strengthened in three specific systems. Join FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers experts to learn about these systems and the common issues that affect balance: vision, hearing, strength, medications, viruses, vestibular problems and more. Practice vestibular exercises to strengthen the messages the inner ear sends to the brain, somatosensory exercises to improve the nerve pathways from our muscles and joints to the brain, and discover how our visual system can over or under function in complex environments. Do not wait for a fall to occur to start building your balance! Classes include 45 minutes of exercise and 15 of lecture, Q and A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339952
Lake Michigan Shoreline Habitats-A One Day On-the-Road Adventure— 2019-05-29 through  2019-05-29$125— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., May 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Transportation leaves from the, University Center Parking Lot at, 8 a.m.(if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor, Center in Empire, arrive there 9 a.m.) Experience up-close some of the habitats along the Lake Michigan shoreline. With Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) as your classroom, learn how the habitats were formed, who lives there, their unique geology, and environmental threats that affect all of the Lake Michigan shoreline -- invasive species, development, and climate change. Travel by van to several places to explore habitats, unique spots, and issues. We begin at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park (or meet the group at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m.). Includes lunch, transportation, and all-day teacher/guide. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Wear hiking shoes for short walks along the beach or through the woods.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335299
Native Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk— 2019-05-30 through  2019-05-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., CHANGED to JUNE 6, 1-4 p.m., at Trailhead of Cedar Run Creek Natural Area 4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). Experience a leisurely 3-hour guided walk, on level ground, in the woods with ISA certified arborist, Bo Burke. Become familiar with the majestic and varied trees and shrubs of northern Michigan. Learn their unique physical characteristics, their habitat, and growing conditions. With your newfound knowledge, you will be ready to practice tree identification and skills on future nature walks. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Dress to walk outdoors.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335713
Michigan Amphibians and Reptiles— 2019-06-03 through  2019-06-17$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., June 3-17, 10 a.m.-Noon, Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 114 and Grass River Natural Area. Explore Michigans wonderful variety of unique frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles in this classroom and field course. In the classroom, examine the natural history and recent research on Michigans amphibians and reptiles before hitting the trail in search of some of these elusive but spectacular creatures. Learn field ID and handling techniques as we search forest, field, swamp and stream. Participate in a citizen science project by contributing our findings to the Michigan Herp Atlas. The first class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire (directions provided at the first class). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335723
Forever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-06-03 through  2019-07-03$75— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, June 3-July 3, attend 1-2 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 36. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340554
Forever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-06-03 through  2019-07-03$105— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, June 3-July 3, attend 3-4 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340638
Forever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-06-03 through  2019-07-03$145— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, June 3-July 3, attend 5-6 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340731
Into The Wilderness— 2019-06-05 through  2019-06-06$99— Face to FaceView Details

Wed. and Thurs.: June 5, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 209, AND June 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores 71,000 acres have been set aside as wilderness by the US Congress. Join park expert, Kerry Kelly, to explore first-hand what the wilderness designation means for this national treasure. The first day is a 2-hour classroom discussion; the second class is a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guided tour of two areas within the designated wilderness, including morning and afternoon walks with different habitats and natural features. Cost includes lunch at a nearby restaurant. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335661
Enjoying Dragonflies and Damselflies— 2019-06-06 through  2019-06-20$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., June 6-20, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 207. Finding dragonflies and damselflies with binoculars and cameras is becoming as popular and enjoyable as birding. These colorfully patterned insects of the order Odonata are a delight to find and can be indicators of habitat and biodiversity. Join the staff of Grass River Natural Area in exploring the identification, collection, natural history, and photography of dragonflies and damselflies. We will learn in the classroom for the first session, then put our knowledge to work in the field with nets and binoculars at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire for the remaining classes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335680
Governing Today: Exploring Partisan Polarization— 2019-06-12 through  2019-06-12$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., June 12, 10a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Polarization is the dominant character of governing and electioneering which are marked by rancor and gridlock in todays government. Examine how this shift in American politics came about. What are the consequences for politics and government? And what might be done to mitigate or change the system? Topics include a historical overview of government norms from the New Deal to contemporary politics. Discussion will examine the shift from centrist dominance to political polarization.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335250
Bird Breeding Basics — 2019-06-15 through  2019-06-15$49— Face to FaceView Details

Sat., June 15, 7-9 a.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 116. When you see a robin carrying worms or grass as it flies by, it means it has a nest nearby! In this class, we will observe these and other bird behaviors related to breeding, and see if we can locate some nests. Armed with this information, you will be able keep track of which types of birds are breeding near your home, and contribute to citizen science efforts to monitor and support breeding populations around you. For this early morning class, dress for outdoors and wet areas. Some walking on uneven terrain can be expected. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335696
Identifying Edible and Medicinal Plants— 2019-06-16 through  2019-06-16$49— Face to FaceView Details

Sun., June 16, 1-4 p.m., Grand Traverse Commons, Natural Area trailhead parking lot on Red Dr., near TBAISD Conference Center. Have you ever tasted a wild leek? A violet? Did you know that many of the plants around us can be used as food or medicine? Gain basic plant identification skills as you learn to recognize more than 20 common species of edible and medicinal plants and know when they are ready for gathering. We will also explore how plants and humans interact, how they have been used by people for millennia, and how we can forage without threatening the survival of these marvelous plant neighbors. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Come prepared for hiking on uneven ground. Optional text: The Foragers Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Plants.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846629
Support Group for Mental Illness — 2019-06-17 through  2019-08-19$1— Face to FaceView Details

10 Mon., June 17-Aug. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the nations largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. The support group is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340064
Feldenkrais— 2019-06-20 through  2019-08-15$95— Face to FaceView Details

8 Thurs., June 20-Aug. 15, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (no class July 4), Meets at Yoga For Health Education, (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brains plasticity to improve comfort and mobility! Join Alice Brydges to experience a revolutionary approach to improving human function through somatic movement (conscious focus on the internal experience of movement). The Feldenkrais Method® employs a variety of user-friendly movement lessons and a gentle hands-on approach that engages your brains neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and to increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out!

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340150
History of the Anishinabek— 2019-06-20 through  2019-06-27$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., June 20 and 27, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 209. The history of our region gets its roots from the Odawa Anishinabek who settled here many, many years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The tribe is one of the three recognized tribes of Odawa peoples in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the 3 Fires people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335227
Botany Tour of Good Harbor Beach— 2019-06-25 through  2019-06-25$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., June 25, 10 a.m-1 p.m., Good Harbor Beach Parking Lot. We often overlook beach and dune ecosystems on our way to the water -- but these unique and fragile systems are a defining element of our northern Michigan landscape. Learn the plants that make up the native dune community and their important roles in the ecosystem. We will visit open and forested sand dunes, dry-mesic northern forest, and a nearby beaver pond. Be prepared to be in the sun and to walk on uneven terrain with loose sand. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at Good Harbor Beach parking lot off of Good Harbor Trail/Co Rd 651, north of Cedar, in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (park pass is required). This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335770
Journal-Keeping in Nature — 2019-06-26 through  2019-06-26$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., June 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. Deepen your experience of the out-of-doors by keeping a journal. Add insights to your observations and wisdom to your wandering. Join author Karen Anderson for a discussion of journal keeping in nature -- with tips, prompts and sample writings from famous naturalists including Annie Dillard, Peter Matthiessen, Aldo Leopold, and Terry Tempest Williams. Create an original personal record of your outdoor experiences that you can turn to and return to for a lifetime. Bring a notebook and a favorite writing implement, and be prepared for a short outdoor exercise. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846636
Botany Tour of Lost Lake Bog— 2019-07-01 through  2019-07-01$49— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., July 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp Entrance. Investigate the plants that make sphagnum bogs their homes, such as orchids, carnivorous plants, and ericaceous plants. Discuss the unique biogeochemistry of bog ecosystems, how they form, and the special adaptations plants have made. Prepare for moderately difficult walking on uneven terrain and wet feet. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp entrance, located on the west side of the lake next to the Platte River outlet. Google Maps address: 375 Gonder Rd., Interlochen. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335819
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$75— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 1-2 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340821
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$105— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 3-4 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342014
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$145— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 5-6 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 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 classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342010
Course ClosedNorthern Michigan Geology— 2019-07-10 through  2019-07-11$125— Face to FaceView Details

2 days: Wed., July 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lab), AND Thurs., July 11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (field trip), Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. Explore the formation of the northern Michigan landscape through a classroom, lab, and field trip experience. Guided by NMC Geology Professor, Robb Houston, learn about the Paleozoic rock layers, their fossils, and the relationship of rock layers to more recent geologic processes. A half-day in the lab provides core information for a full day of discovery visiting geologic sites. The field trip involves walking up to a mile in wooded terrain. Meet at the classroom both days. Transportation and picnic box lunch are included. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337036
Gentle Yoga— 2019-07-16 through  2019-08-20$85— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., July 16-Aug. 20, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Phys. Ed. Rm. 120. Find out why so many have found that yoga improves flexibility, strength, posture and balance, as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Gentle Yoga is designed for people of any level of physical ability who prefer a more mindful, gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing. Last two classes meet at Crooked Tree Yoga Studio inside Epiphany Salon (M-72 in Acme).

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846618
Course ClosedNorthern Michigan Glacial Landforms— 2019-07-17 through  2019-07-17$99— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., July 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. Glaciers were a significant force in the formation of our region. Join NMC Geology Instructor Robb Houston, as he guides you in an exploration of our local glacial landforms. We will use aerial photographs, topographic maps and soil survey equipment to discover the origin of beach ridges, moraines, kettles and stream-related landforms. The course begins with a brief in-lab discussion followed by a half-day field trip to geological sites of interest throughout the area. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather. Van transportation is provided. Tour involves hikes on uneven terrain.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337145
Chair Yoga— 2019-07-19 through  2019-08-23$55— Face to FaceView Details

5 Fri., July 19-Aug. 23, 1-1:45 p.m. (no class Aug. 2), Dennos Museum Center. Be the best version of yourself -- come explore your potential with yoga! Enjoy the benefits of the essential elements of yoga in seated position. Yoga improves flexibility, posture, balance and spiritual and mental wellness. Practice a variety of yoga poses and discover the rewards of gentle stretches, postures and relaxation through breathing and meditation. All levels and abilities are welcome. Meets in the Dennos Museum. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337186
Botany Tour of Kehl Lake Natural Area— 2019-07-19 through  2019-07-19$49— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., July 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Trailhead N. Kehl Rd. Northport. Explore early summer plants in the conifer swamps, mesic northern forest, and shoreline communities at Kehl Lake Natural Area. Look at several species of ferns, grasses and aquatic and semi-aquatic species along the shoreline. Expect easy walking mostly on trail with flat terrain, but we may get wet feet along the waters edge. Bring water, proper footwear, bug spray or long sleeves, and a magnifier. Meet at the trailhead at 12625 N. Kehl Rd., Northport. For directions see: leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/kehl-lake-natural-area. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335851
Meet the Beetles Up Close— 2019-07-30 through  2019-07-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., July 30, 9 a.m.-Noon, Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 116. Beetles are the most abundant insect on the planet. Northern Naturalist students and others will enjoy examining these specimens up-close as you learn fascinating characteristics of these creatures. Learn to use a taxonomy key and build understanding of anatomy, life history, relationships to other insects, habitats and roles in the ecosystem. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337159
LIFE Lunch - NMC Indonesia Reef Study Project— 2019-08-09 through  2019-08-09$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Aug. 9, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the August LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Join Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Academic Area at Northwestern Michigan College, for a dynamic presentation showcasing a team of dedicated college students, new technology and a coral reef in Indonesia. This project was part of a capstone course for students in the Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology program at NMC. Learn how students utilized their project management skills to integrate the collection of water quality data, unmanned aerial imagery, and ROV (remotely operated vehicles) video to meet the criteria of the sponsoring research institution at a remote location. Enjoy amazing pictures of the beautiful land, air and seas they traversed around the Bunaken Nation Park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia! Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 51. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337077
Come Sail Away with the MHA— 2019-08-13 through  2019-08-13$99— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Maritime Heritage Alliance - Discovery Pier, (13268 S. W. Bay Shore Dr., TC). Join experienced captain and crew members of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and sail West Grand Traverse Bay! This unique small class will set sail on the 39-foot Champion, a custom-built cutter. Learn about sailing from the experts: Jay Ruzak, MHA captain and owner of the Grey Hare Inn, or Doug Roberts, sailor of the Mediterranean and other seas - with great stories to tell! Tie knots, take the helm and hoist the sails while exploring Grand Traverse Bay. Learn maritime history and traditions; in the 1800s Michigan used sailing to drive its economy. Join us in celebrating 10 years of SAIL Champion, the program that helps youth who have experience trauma, and experience firsthand why the program is so successful. Enjoy sailing the beautiful waters of the bay with the MHA! If postponed due to rain, class will be August 15th.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337087
Entomology for the Naturalist— 2019-08-19 through  2019-08-26$89— Face to FaceView Details

Mon/Wed/Mon, Aug. 19, 21 and 26, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 207. The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. Be prepared to be outside part of each day. This course is required for the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339498
From Takeoff to Return--Travel Planning and Safety Tips — 2019-08-20 through  2019-08-20$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 20, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 205. Be a seasoned traveler whether it is your first trip or your 100th! Be more than simply a tourist! Let Betsy Williams, former travel consultant, show you how to navigate the multitude of travel resource websites and gain a better understanding of destination selection and booking options. Find out how to build a personalized itinerary based on cultural experiences and attractions of interest to you. Explore resources that are available to help you stay safe and healthy for both domestic and overseas travel.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335223
Botany Tour of Port Oneida — 2019-08-22 through  2019-08-22$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs. Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Parking Area at Lane Road, Port Oneida. Visit several sites around the Port Oneida Historic District including fallow fields, wetlands, shoreline and forest edges to explore late season flowering plants. We will focus on members of the Asteraceae family such as goldenrods and asters. Prepare for moderate walking on trails with some hills. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the parking area at the end of Lane Rd., off of Port Oneida Rd. in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (park pass is required). This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350336925
Aquatic Insects and Water Quality— 2019-09-16 through  2019-09-30$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., Sept. 16-30, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 204 and field trips. There are some incredible insects and other invertebrates that spend much of their life in water before emerging to the land or air. Learn the natural history of these insects and how the quantity and quality of aquatic life equates to the health of a stream or body of water. In this hands-on course, join the staff of the Grass River Natural Area as you work with the tools and techniques used to measure water quality in our region by looking at our local fauna. Run chemical and physical field tests and evaluate your results to determine the levels of oxygen, turbidity, pH, temperature and nutrients. The first class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire (directions provided at the first class). This course qualifies for credit toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339595
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