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Northern Naturalist & LIFE Academy

Amphibians of Northern Michigan (Hybrid)— 2021-04-27 through  2021-05-04$69— HybridView Details

2 Tues., April 27 and May 4, 1-3 p.m. Explore Michigan's wonderful variety of unique frogs and salamanders in this classroom and field course. In the first session, 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. The first class meets via Zoom and the second class meets at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire), dress to be outdoors. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Wear a mask to the second class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402838432
Course ClosedButterflies and Moths of the Grand Traverse Bay Region (Livestream)— 2021-04-08 through  2021-04-29$119— LivestreamView Details

4 Thurs., April 8-29, 6-8:30 p.m. Learn to recognize local butterflies and moths, their caterpillars, host plants and habitats that support them. Identify a variety of species and their food resources in an in-depth study over four weeks of virtual learning. Explore how changing environmental factors can greatly influence the abundance of butterflies and moths in sensitive habitats. Gardening and landscaping practices that welcome butterflies and moths will be discussed. Class sessions will feature preserved specimens and hundreds of photographs. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839120
Course ClosedCan Humans Survive Climate Change? (Livestream)— 2021-04-06 through  2021-04-08$69— LivestreamView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 6 and 8, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m. This course is part of a Great Lakes Water Studies Institute series of lectures on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about current issues facing the Great Lakes and what citizens can do to preserve this important natural resource. In the first session, 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 and 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 second 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: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839200
Course ClosedFor Love of Water and Future of the Great Lakes (Livestream)— 2021-03-16 through  2021-03-18$69— LivestreamView Details

Tues. and Thurs., March 16 and 18 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.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 6th Great Lake-Groundwater. The second 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. This course is part of a Great Lakes Water Studies Institute series of lectures on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about current issues facing the Great Lakes and what citizens can do to preserve this important natural resource. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839965
Course ClosedPublic Water Justice and Enbridge Line 5: A Matter of Public Trust (Livestream)— 2021-04-13 through  2021-04-15$69— LivestreamView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 13 and 15, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m. The first session features guest lecturer Janet Meisner Pritchard, Legal Director, FLOW, Water for All Project. 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 second 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 is part of a Great Lakes Water Studies Institute series on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about current issues facing the Great Lakes and what citizens can do to preserve this resource. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402838604
Signs of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals (Face to Face)— 2021-03-23 through  2021-03-23$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 23, 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 (dress to be outdoors). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Wear a mask to this class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839373
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerThe Science of Making Maple Syrup (Hybrid)— 2021-02-25 through  2021-03-04$69— HybridView Details

2 Thurs., Feb. 25 and March 4, 1-3 p.m., livestream and face to face. 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 via Zoom 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. Wear a mask to the second class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402727462
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerThe Science of Making Maple Syrup (Hybrid)— 2021-02-25 through  2021-03-04$69— HybridView Details

2 Thurs., Feb. 25 and March 4, 1-3 p.m., livestream and face to face. 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 via Zoom 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. Wear a mask to the second class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402727462
Course ClosedFor Love of Water and Future of the Great Lakes (Livestream)— 2021-03-16 through  2021-03-18$69— LivestreamView Details

Tues. and Thurs., March 16 and 18 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.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 6th Great Lake-Groundwater. The second 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. This course is part of a Great Lakes Water Studies Institute series of lectures on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about current issues facing the Great Lakes and what citizens can do to preserve this important natural resource. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839965
Signs of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals (Face to Face)— 2021-03-23 through  2021-03-23$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., March 23, 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 (dress to be outdoors). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Wear a mask to this class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839373
Course ClosedCan Humans Survive Climate Change? (Livestream)— 2021-04-06 through  2021-04-08$69— LivestreamView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 6 and 8, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m. This course is part of a Great Lakes Water Studies Institute series of lectures on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Adjunct Instructor Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about current issues facing the Great Lakes and what citizens can do to preserve this important natural resource. In the first session, 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 and 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 second 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: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839200
Course ClosedButterflies and Moths of the Grand Traverse Bay Region (Livestream)— 2021-04-08 through  2021-04-29$119— LivestreamView Details

4 Thurs., April 8-29, 6-8:30 p.m. Learn to recognize local butterflies and moths, their caterpillars, host plants and habitats that support them. Identify a variety of species and their food resources in an in-depth study over four weeks of virtual learning. Explore how changing environmental factors can greatly influence the abundance of butterflies and moths in sensitive habitats. Gardening and landscaping practices that welcome butterflies and moths will be discussed. Class sessions will feature preserved specimens and hundreds of photographs. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402839120
Course ClosedPublic Water Justice and Enbridge Line 5: A Matter of Public Trust (Livestream)— 2021-04-13 through  2021-04-15$69— LivestreamView Details

Tues. and Thurs., April 13 and 15, 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m. The first session features guest lecturer Janet Meisner Pritchard, Legal Director, FLOW, Water for All Project. 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 second 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 is part of a Great Lakes Water Studies Institute series on Water Policy and Sustainability led by Jim Olson, J.D. LL.M. Learn about current issues facing the Great Lakes and what citizens can do to preserve this resource. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402838604
Amphibians of Northern Michigan (Hybrid)— 2021-04-27 through  2021-05-04$69— HybridView Details

2 Tues., April 27 and May 4, 1-3 p.m. Explore Michigan's wonderful variety of unique frogs and salamanders in this classroom and field course. In the first session, 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. The first class meets via Zoom and the second class meets at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire), dress to be outdoors. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Wear a mask to the second class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 402838432

Most LIFE Academy classes can now be found with other classes by topic such as Art & Photography, Computer, Culinary, Fitness, Home TimeGlobal & Language, Music, Personal Finance, Wellness, Writing & Yoga.

 

LIFE Academy is evolving

LIFE (Learning Is ForEver) Academy at Northwestern Michigan College began as a small collection of courses inspired by those age 50 and better. In the last two decades, the popularity of these courses has grown tremendously. That success is due to thousands of eager learners who have inspired us to offer new classes on a wide variety of topics. In an effort to be more inclusive to students of all ages, we have integrated these courses into the categories they relate to so that they will be easier for everyone to access.