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

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Afghanistan: Yesterday and Today and Tomorrow— 2020-03-10 through  2020-03-24$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 10 and 24, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Learn about Afghanistan from Jack Segal, former Chief Political Adviser to NATO's operational military commander in Afghanistan. He will cover two distinct periods in Afghanistan's history. Learn about the British invasion (1842) through the Soviet invasion (1979-89) into the period of Taliban rule, and the 9/11 attacks. The second session addresses US military intervention (2001-present), Afghanistan's political evolution during that period and the prospects for a political settlement today.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374224118
Amphibians of Northern Michigan— 2020-04-27 through  2020-05-04$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Mon., April 27 and May 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. Explore Michigan's wonderful variety of unique frogs and salamanders in this classroom and field course. In the classroom, examine the natural history and recent research on Michigan's amphibians 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 and learn to identify frogs by their calls. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. The first class meets in an NMC classroom and the second class meets at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire).

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219810
Animal Winter Adaptations— 2020-01-29 through  2020-01-29$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. As we humans cozy up to the woodstove and burrow under down comforters, the nonmigratory animals that call the woods and waters of northern Michigan home must endure the brutal cold outside for months. Learn about the fascinating and diverse adaptations that allow our animal neighbors to survive this harsh time of year, including changes in behavior and physiology. Discover the details of how the most well-known method – hibernation – works, and also learn about lesser-known phenomena like honeybees huddling for warmth, frogs manufacturing their own "antifreeze," and beavers stockpiling food and surviving the winter locked inside their ice-bound lodges. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374217954
Birding by Ear — 2020-04-24 through  2020-04-25$49— Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice:, Fri., April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219, and Sat., April 25, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip) in Empire at NPS Headquarters, (directions provided at 1st class). Add a new dimension to your enjoyment of local birds by learning to recognize them by their songs. Begin in the classroom as naturalist, Alice VanZoeren shares photos, recordings, and tips about how to listen to distinguish one bird song from another. For session two, we head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to walk, listen and look for returning spring migrants (field trip meets 8-10:30 a.m.) This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpooling will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219709
Birding by Ear -- A Sequel— 2020-05-08 through  2020-05-09$49— Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice:, Fri., May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219, and Sat., May 9, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip). Once you have been introduced to over a dozen local birds in the previous class, you are ready to fly a little further. Learn to identify more birds by behaviors, sight, and song through a media-enhanced classroom session and field trip. The classroom portion prepares you for a Leelanau County outdoor morning (8-10:30 a.m.) birding experience to apply what you have learned. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpools will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219765
Birds Up Close— 2020-04-16 through  2020-04-16$45— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 16, 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 117. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan's birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using the incredible NMC collection of over 100 specimens, you will examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219234
Course ClosedCan Humans Survive Climate Change?— 2020-04-07 through  2020-04-09$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 7 and 9, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Hear from Skip Pruss, former Energy Advisor to Governor Granholm, leading expert on renewable energy and the effects of climate change. Learn about climate change global warming, the rapid transition from a fossil fuel to a renewable energy economy and the prospects for 2020, 2030, 2050 and the 22nd century. The 2nd session addresses the constitutional right to water, liberty and property and the public trust doctrine as a basis to combat climate change. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218557
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga— 2020-01-10 through  2020-03-27$125— Face to FaceView Details

12 Fri., Jan. 10-March 27, 1-1:45 p.m., 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. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m. (both meet at Dennos Museum).

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374233469
Chair Yoga— 2020-04-17 through  2020-06-26$115— Face to FaceView Details

11 Fri., April 17-June 26, 1-1:45 p.m., 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. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m. (both meet at Dennos Museum).

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374234688
Chicago-Opening Night at the Old Town Playhouse— 2020-04-23 through  2020-04-24$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 23, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219 AND Fri., April 24, meet at 7 p.m., for reception; 7:30 show, at, Old Town Playhouse (148 E. Eighth St.). Explore Kander and Ebb's award winning musical, Chicago, in preparation to attend this record breaking Broadway show – right here in Traverse City! Did you know Chicago the musical was based on REAL murders in Illinois? The Thursday class explores the historical background surrounding this lively production through discussion, readings, video clips and more. On Friday, meet at the Old Town Playhouse and attend the opening reception and performance. Enjoy a night on the town with fellow playgoers and have an exclusive opportunity to peek up close at the set and backstage. Your ticket for the musical on Friday, April 24th is included. Register by Friday, April 17th. No refunds available after this date.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374220134
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerFeldenkrais— 2020-01-09 through  2020-03-26$139— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Jan. 9-March 26, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Meets at Yoga For Health Education, (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brain's 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 brain's 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 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222607
Feldenkrais— 2020-04-09 through  2020-06-11$115— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 9-June 11, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Meets at Yoga For Health Education, (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brain's 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 brain's 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 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222921
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)— 2020-01-06 through  2020-03-27$159— Face to FaceView Details

12 weeks, Jan. 6-March 27, 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 25. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374364392
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)— 2020-01-06 through  2020-03-27$219— Face to FaceView Details

12 weeks, Jan. 6-March 27, 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 40. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374364585
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)— 2020-01-06 through  2020-03-27$279— Face to FaceView Details

12 weeks, Jan. 6-March 27, 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374364787
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2020-04-06 through  2020-05-29$109— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, April 6-May 29, 1-2 hours a week,(no classes April 10, May 25) NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. You are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374366011
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2020-04-06 through  2020-05-29$149— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, April 6-May 29, 3-4 hours a week,(no classes April 10, May 25) NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. You are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374366695
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2020-04-06 through  2020-05-29$189— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, April 6-May 29, 5-6 hours a week,(no classes April 10, May 25) NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. You are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 48. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374366261
Course ClosedFor Love of Water— 2020-03-17 through  2020-03-19$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., March 17 and 19, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Guest lecturer Dave Dempsey, Sr. Policy Advisor at For Love of Water (FLOW) and former Sr. Policy Advisor to the Great Lakes Commission, discusses the role of the International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes, the Great Lakes Compact, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the sixth Great Lake – Groundwater. The 2nd session discusses the Compact's diversion ban, including the controversy around the Foxconn "straddling community" and Waukesha "straddling county" diversions, the bottled water "loop hole," and the effects of climate change on water levels and the Great Lakes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218507
Gardening with Mushrooms— 2020-04-29 through  2020-04-29$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Do you have a garden or a little space in your yard? If so, you can grow mushrooms alongside your plants. Learn how to make a mushroom bed and produce delicious edible mushrooms. Grow Wine Cap, Blewit, Almond Agaric, and Morel mushrooms. With a little luck, you will always know where to find mushrooms. There will be a hands-on project as well as class time, plus you will take home Wine Cap spawn to start your own patch. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219846
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga— 2020-01-07 through  2020-03-24$149— Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues., Jan. 7-March 24, 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374232017
Gentle Yoga— 2020-04-14 through  2020-06-23$139— Face to FaceView Details

11 Tues., April 14-June 23, 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374232110
Global Population Growth: The People Problem — 2020-02-18 through  2020-03-17$89— Face to FaceView Details

5 Tues., Feb. 18-March 17, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. When most of us retirees were born, the population of the world was in the range of two billion. Today, we are over 7.7 billion and growing by more than 80 million every year. Join the discussion as we explore global population growth and its influence on resources, access to food and fresh water, transportation, trade, jobs, income, health, education and other topics. What will the future hold? A population data sheet from the Population Reference Bureau is included as part of our study and discussion. Please pick up the data sheet and an accompanying worksheet in the EES office 1-2 weeks before class begins and read before the first class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374224163
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2020 -- Part 1— 2020-02-19 through  2020-03-11$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Feb. 19-March 11, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2020 topics include: Climate Change and the Global Order; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; US Relations with the Northern Triangle; China's Road in to Latin America; The Philippines and the US; and Artificial Intelligence and Data. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221359
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2020 -- Part 2— 2020-03-18 through  2020-04-15$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., March 18-April 15, (no class April 1) University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2020 topics include: Climate Change and the Global Order; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; US Relations with the Northern Triangle; China's Road in to Latin America; The Philippines and the US; and Artificial Intelligence and Data. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221452
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2020 -- Parts 1 & 2— 2020-02-19 through  2020-04-15$109— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Feb. 19-April 15, (no class April 1) University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2020 topics include: Climate Change and the Global Order; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; US Relations with the Northern Triangle; China's Road in to Latin America; The Philippines and the US; and Artificial Intelligence and Data. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221073
Grief Recovery— 2020-02-05 through  2020-03-25$0— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Feb. 5-March 25, 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 individual's life and loss histories as well as other factors affecting one's journey through grief. The program is free, but registration is required. Register online at nmc.edu/ees or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223568
Grow Your Own Oyster Mushrooms— 2020-03-10 through  2020-03-10$39— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 10, 6:30-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Oyster mushrooms are the easiest cultivated mushrooms to grow, and they grow on waste materials. Their taste is mild and delicious, and oysters are healthy for you to eat. Come learn about the oyster mushroom and its cultivation. You will receive a specially-designed bag of growing medium, inoculated with mushroom spawn to take home with the knowledge to grow your own mushrooms! This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219027
History of the Anishinabek— 2020-04-16 through  2020-04-23$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 16 and 23, 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 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223806
How to Avoid a Knee Replacement— 2020-02-07 through  2020-02-07$39— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Feb. 7, 1-3 p.m. University Center Rm. 219. Got knee pain? Want to get rid of it without medications, injections or surgery? Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways to diminish knee pain and heal the ligaments, muscles and joints affecting the knee – EVEN if you have been told that surgery is the only answer! Find out the #1 biggest mistake knee pain sufferers make. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222485
Individual Freedom and the Common Good: Can We Get the Right Balance— 2020-05-05 through  2020-05-05$39— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., May 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. From the beginning, Americans have embraced seemingly conflicting political goals. The Declaration of Independence emphasizes Americans' "inalienable [individual] rights." The Constitution sets as one of its purposes "To promote the general welfare." Historically public policy issues have been typically not either/or, but rather what balance? In fact, throughout US history, finding the 'right' balance between individual freedom and collective good has guided policy making and has fueled political debate. When war or some other external threat appears, Americans have come together, but in 'normal' times we tilt heavily toward our own narrower interests. Today, Americans seem especially skeptical of government programs aiming at any sort of common purpose. Does that matter? And if so, what might be done to restore a more fruitful balance between narrow and broader interests?

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374224209
Is Water a Human Right?— 2020-04-14 through  2020-04-16$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 14 and 16, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about the effects of the Detroit Water Shutoffs affecting 40,000 homes and the Flint Water Crises affecting the entire city of Flint. (What is the public's right to a safe water supply?) The 2nd session features guest speaker Elizabeth Kirkwood, J.D., Executive Director of FLOW and a discussion on Enbridge's Line 5. Learn about the potential $2-5 billion in harm to hundreds of miles of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island, cities and tribal fishing. What is an acceptable risk, if any, to our Great Lakes? This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218598
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws— 2020-01-21 through  2020-02-25$129— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14 inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223678
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws— 2020-04-23 through  2020-05-28$129— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 23-May 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m. University Center Rm. 213. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14 inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223726
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $35— 2020-05-08 through  2020-05-08$35— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., May 8, 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., NMC University Center (Cass Road). This price ($35) does not include lunch (bring your own). Beverages are provided. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live – from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient lunch or bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics and descriptions will be available mid-April at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session topics to make your choices before they are mailed to the community! Earlybird registration ends March 23.

  • Seats available: Approximately 167. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374217832
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $45— 2020-05-08 through  2020-05-08$45— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., May 8, 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., NMC University Center (Cass Road). This price ($45) includes lunch. Beverages are provided. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live – from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient lunch or bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics and descriptions will be available mid-April at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session topics to make your choices before they are mailed to the community! Earlybird registration ends March 23.

  • Seats available: Approximately 137. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374217471
LIFE Lunch-"Travel" to Karstic Northern Ireland with NMC Students and Faculty — 2020-04-17 through  2020-04-17$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., April 17, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Attend a LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required. Recently back from the Emerald Isle, NMC students and Comparative Religions instructor Sarah Montgomery-Richards are excited to reveal their travels with the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland. Get a sneak peek at their daily experiences of local music, ethnic food, unmatched scenery, and all of their adventures. Discover the ancient Celts, Christian sites, classic thatched cottages, the O'Donnell Kingdom and more! Explore the majestic Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Dublin. Plus, you will have the chance to ask students, firsthand, how study abroad opportunities impact their lives. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 40. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222245
LIFE Lunch-Tail Rotor Tales: Former US Army Aviator-Basic Training to Baghdad an— 2020-01-24 through  2020-01-24$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Jan. 24, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Attend a LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required. In 2005 Dan Zassick applied and was selected to become a Warrant Officer and Rotary-Wing Aviator for the US Army. Dan will share his photos and experiences during two years of Army Flight School including details about learning to fly the AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter and UH-60A/L Utility Helicopter. Then he will explain the process and experience of deploying to Camp Taji, Iraq in 2010 and 2011 and conducting combat missions in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 40. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222099
Low Back Pain and Sciatica— 2020-03-04 through  2020-03-04$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., March 4, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. If you are suffering with low back or sciatica pain and looking for natural ways to heal without medications, injections and surgery, this is for you! Learn easy-to-do self-treatment, how to determine what type of back pain you have, and what is causing your back to hurt. Also learn the #1 biggest mistake back pain sufferers make.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222539
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness— 2020-04-06 through  2020-04-27$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon., April 6-27, 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223629
Movement for the Walking Wounded — 2020-04-08 through  2020-05-13$79— Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed., April 8-May 13, 11 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. This movement class is for anyone, of any age, who has been living with pain - knees, hips, lower back, neck, you name it. Fibromyalgia, arthritis sufferers, and people with balance issues -- come one, come all, this class is for YOU! You do not have to live like this any longer. With an open mind and the ability to follow directions, learn deceptively simple, easy-to-do movements. Understand how to help yourself and receive easy but effective homework. Bring a mat or blanket to lie on, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223022
Nag Hammadi and the Gospel of Thomas--Insights and Controversies — 2020-02-06 through  2020-02-20$59— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., Feb. 6-20, 10 a.m.-noon. University Center Rm. 209. In 1945, deep in the Egyptian desert, construction workers digging a foundation stumbled upon a stone jar containing ancient texts. Those books are known today as the Nag Hammadi collection. There are twelve separate books that contain fifty-two tractates among which was the now famous Gospel of Thomas. Examine that amazing find and the impact it is having on the Christian Bible, with special emphasis on the remarkable Gospel of Thomas. Recommended text is Elaine Pagel's Beyond Belief.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221010
On Liberal Democracy— 2020-05-07 through  2020-05-07$39— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., May 7, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. One thing about our current politics: they call upon us to consider some basic issues that we have long taken for granted. At the end of the cold war, it was widely believed that open, democratic societies were the model for the future. Old divisions and issues, it was said, would give way before prosperous and open democratic societies. Obviously, it has not quite turned out that way. In fact, today one hears questions about the viability of democracy. This course lays out the key institutional and cultural features of democracy. Then we will discuss the leading challenges to democratic politics and government of the current moment.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221555
Shoulder Problems— 2020-04-08 through  2020-04-08$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., April 8, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 216. Attention shoulder pain sufferers! Do you suffer from persistent shoulder pain? Have you been told that you have a rotator cuff tear? If you are looking for a natural solution to shoulder pain and want to avoid medications, injections and surgery, then this class is for you! Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your shoulder. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222570
Signs of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals — 2020-03-24 through  2020-03-24$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 24, 1-4 p.m., at Grass River Education Center, (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). River otters are active and healthy at Grass River Natural Area. Join a naturalist to learn the natural history of river otters and how to spot signs of these elusive and fun indicators of water quality. On the trail we will look for signs of other elusive animals, like bobcat, mink or black bear. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219143
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerSupport Group for Mental Illness — 2020-01-13 through  2020-05-18$0— Face to FaceView Details

19 Mon., Jan. 13-May 18, 6-7:30 p.m., at NAMI, (1010 S. Garfield Ave.). 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 nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. The support group is free and ongoing every Monday, but a one-time registration is required (it's okay to attend occasionally). Register online at nmc.edu/ees or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223120
The Science of Making Maple Syrup— 2020-02-26 through  2020-03-04$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Wed., Feb. 26 and March 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Discover the art of tapping maple trees by learning both traditional and modern methods. Tap into the science of maple syrup production, tree identification, equipment needs, and get instruction for small scale DIY projects. The first class meets in an NMC classroom and the second meets in the field at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire) to see the process and equipment in action (dress to be outdoors). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218691
Understanding Northern Michigan Rivers — 2020-04-17 through  2020-05-01$99— Face to FaceView Details

3 Fri., April 17-May 1, 1-4 p.m., (April 24 field trip meets Noon-5 p.m.), University Center Rm. 219. While the bays and Great Lakes define our region, these bodies of fresh water depend upon a complex system of rivers and streams to supply them. Gain important understanding of the vital role that rivers play in maintaining water quality. Explore the riparian environment as you learn about stream ecology, sampling methods and testing protocols in the classroom on day one. Then put your newly acquired skills to work as you participate in a stream-side sampling expedition on day two from Noon-5 p.m. We end by analyzing the collected data and the story it tells on day three. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219297
Understanding Your Grief— 2020-01-29 through  2020-03-25$0— Face to FaceView Details

9 Wed., Jan. 29-March 25, 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. Take advantage of this FREE program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Advanced 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 program is free, but registration is required. Register online at nmc.edu/ees or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223501
What is Love? An Introduction to Plato's Symposium— 2020-02-12 through  2020-02-12$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Feb. 12, 1-4 p.m. University Center Rm. 219. In an age of dating apps and pre-nuptial agreements, does love still matter? This class will attempt to treat this question through a close reading of Plato's most beautiful work, the Symposium, a dialogue in which the finest minds of ancient Athens meet to nurse their hangovers and address the hardest of all problems. We will also look at interpretations of Plato's philosophy of love in the work of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou.

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374220785
What was Psychoanalysis and What Does it Mean Today?— 2020-03-04 through  2020-03-04$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., March 4, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. No twentieth-century thinker exerted a more powerful influence on the way we speak about our problems than Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Yet today, his work is almost universally dismissed or ignored by professional psychologists and psychiatrists. Why has this happened? And what was Freud's contribution to thought? This class will examine some of Freud's most important discoveries and teachings - the unconscious, the formation and splitting of the ego, desire and its repression, the transference, and the drives – in an attempt to answer the question, Can we do without Freud?

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374220864
Course ClosedWho Owns and Controls the Water?— 2020-02-04 through  2020-02-06$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., Feb. 4 and 6, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) original 8-year fight against Nestle including the trial, court of appeals, Supreme Court Cases and final outcome. Find out what this case meant for the future of water, diversion bans, public water, private commodity or good, and international trade law. Then hear about MCWC's second 3-year battle with Nestle, where people protested the state and Nestle's interpretation of new laws and the privatization and sale of the public's water. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218144
Course ClosedWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2020-03-25 through  2020-03-25$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. University Center Rm. 07. 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 = 374219199
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)— 2020-01-06 through  2020-03-27$159— Face to FaceView Details

12 weeks, Jan. 6-March 27, 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 25. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374364392
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)— 2020-01-06 through  2020-03-27$219— Face to FaceView Details

12 weeks, Jan. 6-March 27, 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 40. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374364585
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)— 2020-01-06 through  2020-03-27$279— Face to FaceView Details

12 weeks, Jan. 6-March 27, 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374364787
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga— 2020-01-07 through  2020-03-24$149— Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues., Jan. 7-March 24, 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374232017
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerFeldenkrais— 2020-01-09 through  2020-03-26$139— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Jan. 9-March 26, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Meets at Yoga For Health Education, (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brain's 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 brain's 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 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222607
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga— 2020-01-10 through  2020-03-27$125— Face to FaceView Details

12 Fri., Jan. 10-March 27, 1-1:45 p.m., 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. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m. (both meet at Dennos Museum).

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374233469
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerSupport Group for Mental Illness — 2020-01-13 through  2020-05-18$0— Face to FaceView Details

19 Mon., Jan. 13-May 18, 6-7:30 p.m., at NAMI, (1010 S. Garfield Ave.). 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 nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. The support group is free and ongoing every Monday, but a one-time registration is required (it's okay to attend occasionally). Register online at nmc.edu/ees or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223120
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws— 2020-01-21 through  2020-02-25$129— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14 inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223678
LIFE Lunch-Tail Rotor Tales: Former US Army Aviator-Basic Training to Baghdad an— 2020-01-24 through  2020-01-24$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Jan. 24, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Attend a LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required. In 2005 Dan Zassick applied and was selected to become a Warrant Officer and Rotary-Wing Aviator for the US Army. Dan will share his photos and experiences during two years of Army Flight School including details about learning to fly the AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter and UH-60A/L Utility Helicopter. Then he will explain the process and experience of deploying to Camp Taji, Iraq in 2010 and 2011 and conducting combat missions in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 40. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222099
Understanding Your Grief— 2020-01-29 through  2020-03-25$0— Face to FaceView Details

9 Wed., Jan. 29-March 25, 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. Take advantage of this FREE program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Advanced 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 program is free, but registration is required. Register online at nmc.edu/ees or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223501
Animal Winter Adaptations— 2020-01-29 through  2020-01-29$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. As we humans cozy up to the woodstove and burrow under down comforters, the nonmigratory animals that call the woods and waters of northern Michigan home must endure the brutal cold outside for months. Learn about the fascinating and diverse adaptations that allow our animal neighbors to survive this harsh time of year, including changes in behavior and physiology. Discover the details of how the most well-known method – hibernation – works, and also learn about lesser-known phenomena like honeybees huddling for warmth, frogs manufacturing their own "antifreeze," and beavers stockpiling food and surviving the winter locked inside their ice-bound lodges. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374217954
Course ClosedWho Owns and Controls the Water?— 2020-02-04 through  2020-02-06$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., Feb. 4 and 6, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) original 8-year fight against Nestle including the trial, court of appeals, Supreme Court Cases and final outcome. Find out what this case meant for the future of water, diversion bans, public water, private commodity or good, and international trade law. Then hear about MCWC's second 3-year battle with Nestle, where people protested the state and Nestle's interpretation of new laws and the privatization and sale of the public's water. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218144
Grief Recovery— 2020-02-05 through  2020-03-25$0— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Feb. 5-March 25, 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 individual's life and loss histories as well as other factors affecting one's journey through grief. The program is free, but registration is required. Register online at nmc.edu/ees or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223568
Nag Hammadi and the Gospel of Thomas--Insights and Controversies — 2020-02-06 through  2020-02-20$59— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., Feb. 6-20, 10 a.m.-noon. University Center Rm. 209. In 1945, deep in the Egyptian desert, construction workers digging a foundation stumbled upon a stone jar containing ancient texts. Those books are known today as the Nag Hammadi collection. There are twelve separate books that contain fifty-two tractates among which was the now famous Gospel of Thomas. Examine that amazing find and the impact it is having on the Christian Bible, with special emphasis on the remarkable Gospel of Thomas. Recommended text is Elaine Pagel's Beyond Belief.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221010
How to Avoid a Knee Replacement— 2020-02-07 through  2020-02-07$39— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Feb. 7, 1-3 p.m. University Center Rm. 219. Got knee pain? Want to get rid of it without medications, injections or surgery? Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways to diminish knee pain and heal the ligaments, muscles and joints affecting the knee – EVEN if you have been told that surgery is the only answer! Find out the #1 biggest mistake knee pain sufferers make. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222485
What is Love? An Introduction to Plato's Symposium— 2020-02-12 through  2020-02-12$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Feb. 12, 1-4 p.m. University Center Rm. 219. In an age of dating apps and pre-nuptial agreements, does love still matter? This class will attempt to treat this question through a close reading of Plato's most beautiful work, the Symposium, a dialogue in which the finest minds of ancient Athens meet to nurse their hangovers and address the hardest of all problems. We will also look at interpretations of Plato's philosophy of love in the work of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou.

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374220785
Global Population Growth: The People Problem — 2020-02-18 through  2020-03-17$89— Face to FaceView Details

5 Tues., Feb. 18-March 17, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. When most of us retirees were born, the population of the world was in the range of two billion. Today, we are over 7.7 billion and growing by more than 80 million every year. Join the discussion as we explore global population growth and its influence on resources, access to food and fresh water, transportation, trade, jobs, income, health, education and other topics. What will the future hold? A population data sheet from the Population Reference Bureau is included as part of our study and discussion. Please pick up the data sheet and an accompanying worksheet in the EES office 1-2 weeks before class begins and read before the first class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374224163
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2020 -- Part 1— 2020-02-19 through  2020-03-11$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Feb. 19-March 11, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2020 topics include: Climate Change and the Global Order; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; US Relations with the Northern Triangle; China's Road in to Latin America; The Philippines and the US; and Artificial Intelligence and Data. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221359
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2020 -- Parts 1 & 2— 2020-02-19 through  2020-04-15$109— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Feb. 19-April 15, (no class April 1) University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2020 topics include: Climate Change and the Global Order; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; US Relations with the Northern Triangle; China's Road in to Latin America; The Philippines and the US; and Artificial Intelligence and Data. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221073
The Science of Making Maple Syrup— 2020-02-26 through  2020-03-04$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Wed., Feb. 26 and March 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Discover the art of tapping maple trees by learning both traditional and modern methods. Tap into the science of maple syrup production, tree identification, equipment needs, and get instruction for small scale DIY projects. The first class meets in an NMC classroom and the second meets in the field at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire) to see the process and equipment in action (dress to be outdoors). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218691
Low Back Pain and Sciatica— 2020-03-04 through  2020-03-04$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., March 4, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. If you are suffering with low back or sciatica pain and looking for natural ways to heal without medications, injections and surgery, this is for you! Learn easy-to-do self-treatment, how to determine what type of back pain you have, and what is causing your back to hurt. Also learn the #1 biggest mistake back pain sufferers make.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222539
What was Psychoanalysis and What Does it Mean Today?— 2020-03-04 through  2020-03-04$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., March 4, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. No twentieth-century thinker exerted a more powerful influence on the way we speak about our problems than Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Yet today, his work is almost universally dismissed or ignored by professional psychologists and psychiatrists. Why has this happened? And what was Freud's contribution to thought? This class will examine some of Freud's most important discoveries and teachings - the unconscious, the formation and splitting of the ego, desire and its repression, the transference, and the drives – in an attempt to answer the question, Can we do without Freud?

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374220864
Grow Your Own Oyster Mushrooms— 2020-03-10 through  2020-03-10$39— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 10, 6:30-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Oyster mushrooms are the easiest cultivated mushrooms to grow, and they grow on waste materials. Their taste is mild and delicious, and oysters are healthy for you to eat. Come learn about the oyster mushroom and its cultivation. You will receive a specially-designed bag of growing medium, inoculated with mushroom spawn to take home with the knowledge to grow your own mushrooms! This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219027
Afghanistan: Yesterday and Today and Tomorrow— 2020-03-10 through  2020-03-24$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 10 and 24, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Learn about Afghanistan from Jack Segal, former Chief Political Adviser to NATO's operational military commander in Afghanistan. He will cover two distinct periods in Afghanistan's history. Learn about the British invasion (1842) through the Soviet invasion (1979-89) into the period of Taliban rule, and the 9/11 attacks. The second session addresses US military intervention (2001-present), Afghanistan's political evolution during that period and the prospects for a political settlement today.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374224118
Course ClosedFor Love of Water— 2020-03-17 through  2020-03-19$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., March 17 and 19, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Guest lecturer Dave Dempsey, Sr. Policy Advisor at For Love of Water (FLOW) and former Sr. Policy Advisor to the Great Lakes Commission, discusses the role of the International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes, the Great Lakes Compact, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the sixth Great Lake – Groundwater. The 2nd session discusses the Compact's diversion ban, including the controversy around the Foxconn "straddling community" and Waukesha "straddling county" diversions, the bottled water "loop hole," and the effects of climate change on water levels and the Great Lakes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218507
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2020 -- Part 2— 2020-03-18 through  2020-04-15$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., March 18-April 15, (no class April 1) University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2020 topics include: Climate Change and the Global Order; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; US Relations with the Northern Triangle; China's Road in to Latin America; The Philippines and the US; and Artificial Intelligence and Data. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221452
Signs of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals — 2020-03-24 through  2020-03-24$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 24, 1-4 p.m., at Grass River Education Center, (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). River otters are active and healthy at Grass River Natural Area. Join a naturalist to learn the natural history of river otters and how to spot signs of these elusive and fun indicators of water quality. On the trail we will look for signs of other elusive animals, like bobcat, mink or black bear. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219143
Course ClosedWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2020-03-25 through  2020-03-25$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. University Center Rm. 07. 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 = 374219199
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2020-04-06 through  2020-05-29$109— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, April 6-May 29, 1-2 hours a week,(no classes April 10, May 25) NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. You are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374366011
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2020-04-06 through  2020-05-29$149— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, April 6-May 29, 3-4 hours a week,(no classes April 10, May 25) NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. You are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374366695
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2020-04-06 through  2020-05-29$189— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, April 6-May 29, 5-6 hours a week,(no classes April 10, May 25) NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. You are invited to try as many as you want during the first week (Jan. 6-10) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, we will help you achieve your fitness goals with your choice of weight strengthening, yoga for 50 and up, total barre, step aerobics, fitness ball, gentle pilates, and more. 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 classes per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has over 15 classes a week! The daily schedule is subject to small changes. Classes meet Monday through Friday, detailed schedule available at nmc.edu/fitness.

  • Seats available: Approximately 48. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374366261
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness— 2020-04-06 through  2020-04-27$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon., April 6-27, 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223629
Course ClosedCan Humans Survive Climate Change?— 2020-04-07 through  2020-04-09$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 7 and 9, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Hear from Skip Pruss, former Energy Advisor to Governor Granholm, leading expert on renewable energy and the effects of climate change. Learn about climate change global warming, the rapid transition from a fossil fuel to a renewable energy economy and the prospects for 2020, 2030, 2050 and the 22nd century. The 2nd session addresses the constitutional right to water, liberty and property and the public trust doctrine as a basis to combat climate change. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218557
Shoulder Problems— 2020-04-08 through  2020-04-08$39— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., April 8, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 216. Attention shoulder pain sufferers! Do you suffer from persistent shoulder pain? Have you been told that you have a rotator cuff tear? If you are looking for a natural solution to shoulder pain and want to avoid medications, injections and surgery, then this class is for you! Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your shoulder. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222570
Movement for the Walking Wounded — 2020-04-08 through  2020-05-13$79— Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed., April 8-May 13, 11 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. This movement class is for anyone, of any age, who has been living with pain - knees, hips, lower back, neck, you name it. Fibromyalgia, arthritis sufferers, and people with balance issues -- come one, come all, this class is for YOU! You do not have to live like this any longer. With an open mind and the ability to follow directions, learn deceptively simple, easy-to-do movements. Understand how to help yourself and receive easy but effective homework. Bring a mat or blanket to lie on, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223022
Feldenkrais— 2020-04-09 through  2020-06-11$115— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 9-June 11, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Meets at Yoga For Health Education, (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brain's 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 brain's 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 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222921
Gentle Yoga— 2020-04-14 through  2020-06-23$139— Face to FaceView Details

11 Tues., April 14-June 23, 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374232110
Is Water a Human Right?— 2020-04-14 through  2020-04-16$69— Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 14 and 16, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Rm. 112. Join NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute for this lecture on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about the effects of the Detroit Water Shutoffs affecting 40,000 homes and the Flint Water Crises affecting the entire city of Flint. (What is the public's right to a safe water supply?) The 2nd session features guest speaker Elizabeth Kirkwood, J.D., Executive Director of FLOW and a discussion on Enbridge's Line 5. Learn about the potential $2-5 billion in harm to hundreds of miles of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island, cities and tribal fishing. What is an acceptable risk, if any, to our Great Lakes? This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374218598
Birds Up Close— 2020-04-16 through  2020-04-16$45— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 16, 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 117. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan's birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using the incredible NMC collection of over 100 specimens, you will examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219234
History of the Anishinabek— 2020-04-16 through  2020-04-23$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 16 and 23, 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 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223806
Chair Yoga— 2020-04-17 through  2020-06-26$115— Face to FaceView Details

11 Fri., April 17-June 26, 1-1:45 p.m., 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. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m. (both meet at Dennos Museum).

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374234688
Understanding Northern Michigan Rivers — 2020-04-17 through  2020-05-01$99— Face to FaceView Details

3 Fri., April 17-May 1, 1-4 p.m., (April 24 field trip meets Noon-5 p.m.), University Center Rm. 219. While the bays and Great Lakes define our region, these bodies of fresh water depend upon a complex system of rivers and streams to supply them. Gain important understanding of the vital role that rivers play in maintaining water quality. Explore the riparian environment as you learn about stream ecology, sampling methods and testing protocols in the classroom on day one. Then put your newly acquired skills to work as you participate in a stream-side sampling expedition on day two from Noon-5 p.m. We end by analyzing the collected data and the story it tells on day three. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219297
LIFE Lunch-"Travel" to Karstic Northern Ireland with NMC Students and Faculty — 2020-04-17 through  2020-04-17$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., April 17, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Attend a LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required. Recently back from the Emerald Isle, NMC students and Comparative Religions instructor Sarah Montgomery-Richards are excited to reveal their travels with the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland. Get a sneak peek at their daily experiences of local music, ethnic food, unmatched scenery, and all of their adventures. Discover the ancient Celts, Christian sites, classic thatched cottages, the O'Donnell Kingdom and more! Explore the majestic Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Dublin. Plus, you will have the chance to ask students, firsthand, how study abroad opportunities impact their lives. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 40. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374222245
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws— 2020-04-23 through  2020-05-28$129— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 23-May 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m. University Center Rm. 213. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14 inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374223726
Chicago-Opening Night at the Old Town Playhouse— 2020-04-23 through  2020-04-24$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., April 23, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219 AND Fri., April 24, meet at 7 p.m., for reception; 7:30 show, at, Old Town Playhouse (148 E. Eighth St.). Explore Kander and Ebb's award winning musical, Chicago, in preparation to attend this record breaking Broadway show – right here in Traverse City! Did you know Chicago the musical was based on REAL murders in Illinois? The Thursday class explores the historical background surrounding this lively production through discussion, readings, video clips and more. On Friday, meet at the Old Town Playhouse and attend the opening reception and performance. Enjoy a night on the town with fellow playgoers and have an exclusive opportunity to peek up close at the set and backstage. Your ticket for the musical on Friday, April 24th is included. Register by Friday, April 17th. No refunds available after this date.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374220134
Birding by Ear — 2020-04-24 through  2020-04-25$49— Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice:, Fri., April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219, and Sat., April 25, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip) in Empire at NPS Headquarters, (directions provided at 1st class). Add a new dimension to your enjoyment of local birds by learning to recognize them by their songs. Begin in the classroom as naturalist, Alice VanZoeren shares photos, recordings, and tips about how to listen to distinguish one bird song from another. For session two, we head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to walk, listen and look for returning spring migrants (field trip meets 8-10:30 a.m.) This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpooling will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219709
Amphibians of Northern Michigan— 2020-04-27 through  2020-05-04$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Mon., April 27 and May 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. Explore Michigan's wonderful variety of unique frogs and salamanders in this classroom and field course. In the classroom, examine the natural history and recent research on Michigan's amphibians 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 and learn to identify frogs by their calls. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. The first class meets in an NMC classroom and the second class meets at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire).

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219810
Gardening with Mushrooms— 2020-04-29 through  2020-04-29$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Do you have a garden or a little space in your yard? If so, you can grow mushrooms alongside your plants. Learn how to make a mushroom bed and produce delicious edible mushrooms. Grow Wine Cap, Blewit, Almond Agaric, and Morel mushrooms. With a little luck, you will always know where to find mushrooms. There will be a hands-on project as well as class time, plus you will take home Wine Cap spawn to start your own patch. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219846
Individual Freedom and the Common Good: Can We Get the Right Balance— 2020-05-05 through  2020-05-05$39— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., May 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. From the beginning, Americans have embraced seemingly conflicting political goals. The Declaration of Independence emphasizes Americans' "inalienable [individual] rights." The Constitution sets as one of its purposes "To promote the general welfare." Historically public policy issues have been typically not either/or, but rather what balance? In fact, throughout US history, finding the 'right' balance between individual freedom and collective good has guided policy making and has fueled political debate. When war or some other external threat appears, Americans have come together, but in 'normal' times we tilt heavily toward our own narrower interests. Today, Americans seem especially skeptical of government programs aiming at any sort of common purpose. Does that matter? And if so, what might be done to restore a more fruitful balance between narrow and broader interests?

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374224209
On Liberal Democracy— 2020-05-07 through  2020-05-07$39— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., May 7, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. One thing about our current politics: they call upon us to consider some basic issues that we have long taken for granted. At the end of the cold war, it was widely believed that open, democratic societies were the model for the future. Old divisions and issues, it was said, would give way before prosperous and open democratic societies. Obviously, it has not quite turned out that way. In fact, today one hears questions about the viability of democracy. This course lays out the key institutional and cultural features of democracy. Then we will discuss the leading challenges to democratic politics and government of the current moment.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374221555
Birding by Ear -- A Sequel— 2020-05-08 through  2020-05-09$49— Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice:, Fri., May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219, and Sat., May 9, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip). Once you have been introduced to over a dozen local birds in the previous class, you are ready to fly a little further. Learn to identify more birds by behaviors, sight, and song through a media-enhanced classroom session and field trip. The classroom portion prepares you for a Leelanau County outdoor morning (8-10:30 a.m.) birding experience to apply what you have learned. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpools will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374219765
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $45— 2020-05-08 through  2020-05-08$45— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., May 8, 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., NMC University Center (Cass Road). This price ($45) includes lunch. Beverages are provided. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live – from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient lunch or bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics and descriptions will be available mid-April at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session topics to make your choices before they are mailed to the community! Earlybird registration ends March 23.

  • Seats available: Approximately 137. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374217471
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $35— 2020-05-08 through  2020-05-08$35— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., May 8, 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., NMC University Center (Cass Road). This price ($35) does not include lunch (bring your own). Beverages are provided. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live – from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient lunch or bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics and descriptions will be available mid-April at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session topics to make your choices before they are mailed to the community! Earlybird registration ends March 23.

  • Seats available: Approximately 167. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 374217832
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