LIFE Academy

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 registerAnimal Tracking--Mammals of Northern Michigan—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-10$75—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 10 am - noon and Sat, 10 am - 3 pm (field trip). NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. The landscape is full of life telling a story of activity beyond the human world. Learn to read these stories through observation skills and insights into the habitats and behaviors of animals through their tracks and signs. The first session is in a science classroom; the last day is a field trip experience to try your tracking skills. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day two from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; details and location provided in class. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796625
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBirds Up Close—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$45—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6:30-9 pm, NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigans birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using NMCs incredible 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 =312796793
Environmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview—2018-12-10 through 2018-12-17$85—Face to FaceView Details

Mon, Weds, Mon, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 209. How is the environment in Northern Michigan changing? What are the most pressing ecological issues facing our region? Explore issues pertinent to our forests, wetlands, the Great Lakes, and the human population. Sessions cover natural history, regional ecology, environmental management and sustainability. Gain a stronger sense of place, new insights, and practical knowledge in this up-to-date overview. This course is open to all and is a core course towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796797
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEveryone Is an Artist—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 212. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, instructor of NMCs 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807769
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness—2018-11-05 through 2018-11-26$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon, 1-4 pm, 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 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807380
Opera Notes: Women Like That! La Traviata - Anna Lecouvreur—2018-12-14 through 2018-12-14$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm. University Center Rm 214. Enrich, enliven and expand your New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre by attending insightful opera briefings beforehand. Through story, song and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage, enhancing the opera experience. Operas will be shown on a date following the class; purchase your own opera tickets and check show times directly from the State Theatre: www.stateandbijou.org<br><br>What is up with Diana Damraus Violetta in this new production of La Traviata? Unravel Anna Lecouvreurs confusing plot for Anna Netrebkos MET debut in the title role.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851469
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness—2018-11-05 through 2018-11-26$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon, 1-4 pm, 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 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807380
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerAnimal Tracking--Mammals of Northern Michigan—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-10$75—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 10 am - noon and Sat, 10 am - 3 pm (field trip). NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. The landscape is full of life telling a story of activity beyond the human world. Learn to read these stories through observation skills and insights into the habitats and behaviors of animals through their tracks and signs. The first session is in a science classroom; the last day is a field trip experience to try your tracking skills. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day two from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; details and location provided in class. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796625
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBirds Up Close—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$45—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6:30-9 pm, NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigans birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using NMCs incredible 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 =312796793
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEveryone Is an Artist—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 212. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, instructor of NMCs 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807769
Environmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview—2018-12-10 through 2018-12-17$85—Face to FaceView Details

Mon, Weds, Mon, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 209. How is the environment in Northern Michigan changing? What are the most pressing ecological issues facing our region? Explore issues pertinent to our forests, wetlands, the Great Lakes, and the human population. Sessions cover natural history, regional ecology, environmental management and sustainability. Gain a stronger sense of place, new insights, and practical knowledge in this up-to-date overview. This course is open to all and is a core course towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796797
Opera Notes: Women Like That! La Traviata - Anna Lecouvreur—2018-12-14 through 2018-12-14$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm. University Center Rm 214. Enrich, enliven and expand your New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre by attending insightful opera briefings beforehand. Through story, song and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage, enhancing the opera experience. Operas will be shown on a date following the class; purchase your own opera tickets and check show times directly from the State Theatre: www.stateandbijou.org<br><br>What is up with Diana Damraus Violetta in this new production of La Traviata? Unravel Anna Lecouvreurs confusing plot for Anna Netrebkos MET debut in the title role.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851469
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