LIFE Academy

If you qualify for the LIFE DISCOUNT (62 and over in Grand Traverse County), you must call NMC-EES at 995-1700 to register and receive the discount.

Fall Wildflowers — 2017-08-21 thru 2017-09-11$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Mondays, 9 am - Noon<br><br>Venture into Leelanau County's Krumweide Forest Reserve and other locations to examine common fall wildflowers of northern Michigan, with a special focus on genera within the aster family. Learn how to ID wildflowers while examining the ecological communities that species prefer. Gain understanding of the special adaptations that allow different flowers to thrive in northern environments. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray, a hat, water, and a magnifying lens to see identifying characteristics of the flowers. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. The first session meets at Krumweide Forest Reserve, on Wheeler Rd. near Glen Arbor, map at leelanauconservancy.org/natural-areas-map/

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142835493
Field Botany for the Naturalist — 2017-06-22 thru 2017-07-06$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 9 am - Noon. Have you ever wondered about the plants you see as you walk through the woods or your own yard? Learn basic tenets of botany--including terminology and plant families--identifying common plants by sight, and how to 'key' plants. This will be an adventure as you gain a new perspective on the world around you! Each class session meets at a different site--beautiful bogs, forests, fields, and marshes--around Traverse City or Leelanau County. Be prepared for uneven and wet terrain, variable weather, mosquitos, and lots of walking. Bring a notebook, water bottle, a magnifier for looking at small plant parts, and your questions! This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. First class meets at Hatlem Creek Preserve, on Plowman Rd. near Empire (directions at LeelanauConservancy.org).

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873168
Forever Fit - Session 1 — 2017-06-05 thru 2017-08-11$99 — Face to FaceView Details

For all ages and fitness levels. Choose the early start (June 5) or the later start (June 19). Both cost the same, start early, you receive 2 weeks free! Improve your fitness with these flexible times/fitness options. For around $6 an hour, we'll help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes aerobics, resistance training, core, and flexibility activities--and our classes offer that! Our guided classes offer lots of options to fit your interests and schedule. Pick and choose classes to suit what works best for you on any given day. Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, and then attend the days and times your schedule allows. Class days/times subject to change as enrollment fluctuates. The Forever Fit package has 130 summer hours of exercise classes for you! Start or continue your fitness-level journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 39. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873520
Forever Fit - Session 1 — 2017-06-05 thru 2017-08-11$179 — Face to FaceView Details

For all ages and fitness levels. Choose the early start (June 5) or the later start (June 19). Both cost the same, start early, you receive 2 weeks free! Improve your fitness with these flexible times/fitness options. For around $6 an hour, we'll help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes aerobics, resistance training, core, and flexibility activities--and our classes offer that! Our guided classes offer lots of options to fit your interests and schedule. Pick and choose classes to suit what works best for you on any given day. Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, and then attend the days and times your schedule allows. Class days/times subject to change as enrollment fluctuates. The Forever Fit package has 130 summer hours of exercise classes for you! Start or continue your fitness-level journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873590
Forever Fit - Session 1 — 2017-06-05 thru 2017-08-11$139 — Face to FaceView Details

For all ages and fitness levels. Choose the early start (June 5) or the later start (June 19). Both cost the same, start early, you receive 2 weeks free! Improve your fitness with these flexible times/fitness options. For around $6 an hour, we'll help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes aerobics, resistance training, core, and flexibility activities--and our classes offer that! Our guided classes offer lots of options to fit your interests and schedule. Pick and choose classes to suit what works best for you on any given day. Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, and then attend the days and times your schedule allows. Class days/times subject to change as enrollment fluctuates. The Forever Fit package has 130 summer hours of exercise classes for you! Start or continue your fitness-level journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 45. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873630
Gentle Yoga — 2017-07-11 thru 2017-08-22$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Tuesdays, 10:15 - 11:30 am. 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 for movement.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873229
Course ClosedGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-05-23 thru 2017-05-23$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 8 am - 4 pm. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. Who were the people and what were their lives like? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to several ghost towns. Glen Haven is an example of what these logging villages were like in their heyday. Discover the towns, what happened to them, and the people who lived there. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park (you may prefer to meet the group at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m.), then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. We'll travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people find. Includes lunch, transportation, and teacher/guide. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. Meet at University Center Parking Lot at 8 am.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142835401
Course ClosedGuide to Tree Identification — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-16$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm. Enhance your hiking, landscaping, and outdoor adventures by learning to identify the beautiful trees and woody shrubs of Northern Michigan and their invasive counterparts. Discover their roles in the eco-system and learn plant classification, tree identification, and nomenclature in the classroom. Then take to the woods at the 2nd class for a leisurely 3-hour guided field walk at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area. Put your new knowledge to work learning unique physical characteristics, habitats, and growing conditions. Recommended book, 'Trees of Michigan: Field Guide' by Stan Tekiela (or any Michigan/Midwest tree guide), can be found at most bookstores (approx. $13) or online. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872807
Identifying Edible and Medicinal Plants — 2017-07-15 thru 2017-07-15$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Saturday, 1 - 4 pm<br><br>Have you ever tasted a wild leek? A violet? Did you know that many of the plants around us can be used as food or medicine? Gain basic plant identification skills as you learn to recognize more than 20 common species of edible and medicinal plants and know when they are ready for gathering. We'll also explore how plants and humans interact, how they have been used by people for millennia, and how we can forage without threatening the survival of these marvelous plant neighbors. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Come prepared to walk in the woods. Optional text: The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Plants.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872939
Insects and Bugs--Essential Understanding for the Naturalist — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-09-25$89 — Face to FaceView Details

1st two Mondays, 9 am - Noon, 3rd Monday, 10 am - 3 pm.<br><br>The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day three. Last class meets 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872653
Into The Wilderness — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-17$105 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 10 am - Noon; Wed, 9 am - 4 pm. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's 71,000 acres have been set aside as 'wilderness' by the US Congress. Join park expert, Kerry Kelly, to explore first-hand what the wilderness designation means for this national treasure. The first day is a 2-hour classroom discussion; the second class is a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guided tour of two areas within the designated 'wilderness'. The tour includes morning and afternoon walks with different habitats and natural features, and lunch at a nearby restaurant. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872740
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873722
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 145819425
Michigan Amphibians and Reptiles — 2017-06-01 thru 2017-06-15$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Thursdays, 1 - 3 pm. Explore Michigan's wonderful variety of unique frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles in this classroom and field course. In the classroom, examine the natural history and recent research on Michigan's amphibians and reptiles before hitting the trail in search of some of these elusive but spectacular creatures. Learn field ID and handling techniques as we search forest, field, swamp, and stream. Participate in a citizen science project by contributing our findings to the Michigan Herp Atlas. This course qualifies for credit toward the Northern Naturalist certificate. The first class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire (directions provided at the first class).

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873782
Course ClosedNative Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk — 2017-05-25 thru 2017-05-25$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Thursday, 1 - 4 pm<br><br>Experience a leisurely 3-hour guided walk, on level ground, in the woods with ISA certified arborist, Bo Burke. Become familiar with the majestic and varied trees and shrubs of Northern Michigan. Learn their unique physical characteristics, their habitat, and growing conditions. With your newfound knowledge, you'll be ready to practice tree identification and skills on future nature walks. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Dress to walk outdoors. Class meets at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area (4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC).

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872869
Northern Michigan Geology — 2017-07-12 thru 2017-07-13$125 — Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 08:30 am - 12:30 pm (Lab); Thurs, 08:30 am - 4 pm (Trip). <br><br>Explore the formation of the northern Michigan landscape through a classroom, lab, and field trip experience. Guided by NMC Geology Professor, Robb Houston, learn about the Paleozoic rock layers, their fossils, and the relationship of rock layers to more recent geologic processes. A half-day in the lab provides core information for a full day of discovery visiting geologic sites. The field trip involves walking up to a mile in wooded terrain. Meet at the classroom both days. Transportation and picnic box lunch are included. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872998
Course ClosedSleeping Bear Dunes -- The Big Story — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-16$89 — Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 10 am-Noon and 3rd Thurs, 1- 5 pm (Field Trip). Habitats, creatures, plant life, challenges--want to know more about the Lake Michigan shoreline and the 71,000+ acres of national parkland in our backyard? Explore the habitats from dunes, forests, and meadows to wetlands and rivers and the issues facing each, as well as the birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and plants. The first two sessions are in the classroom. The last day is a longer guided field experience (1-5 p.m.) in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park with carpools arranged at the 2nd class (cost does not include vehicle entrance fee). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873088
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-09 thru 2017-05-09$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142904730
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-16$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142910925
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-23 thru 2017-05-23$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142910964
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-30 thru 2017-05-30$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142911017
The Hidden Partnership of Plants and Soil — 2017-06-10 thru 2017-06-10$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Saturday, 9 am - Noon<br><br>Did you know, in some forests, the fungi in the soil weigh more than the trees? Come investigate the relationships between the plants of the forest and soils that support them. Gain experience sampling soils and identifying plants. We'll walk, crawl, dig and learn our way across a variety of plant communities, ending in one of the oldest patches of forest in Grand Traverse County. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Meets at Pelizarri Natural Area (Center Rd. on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the Unitarian Church).

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142859351
Trump's Years to Come — 2017-06-07 thru 2017-06-07$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 1 - 4 pm. (Rescheduled from May 25th Date listed in Catalog). Join Jack Segal, experienced senior US Diplomat, as he examines our newly elected president’s foreign policy actions or inactions we might encounter. Examine what signals can we use leading up to being elected, and since being elected, that can help us examine the new President's possible foreign policy over the next four years.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873428
Two Views of Society: We're in This Together vs. You're on Your Own — 2017-06-13 thru 2017-06-13$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Tuesday, 1:30 - 4 pm. What we view as normal or even exemplary behavior is an important element of our society. We celebrate virtues of achievement, individual freedom, and getting ahead. But without a moral compass, achievement becomes greed, individual freedom becomes license, and getting ahead becomes winner take all. A critical feature of society is the balance between individual freedom and drive, and the solidarity and community that come from trust, neighborliness, and regard for the larger good. We'll lay out the central features of each side of the equation and explore examples of balance.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873358
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-09 thru 2017-05-09$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142904730
Into The Wilderness — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-17$105 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 10 am - Noon; Wed, 9 am - 4 pm. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's 71,000 acres have been set aside as 'wilderness' by the US Congress. Join park expert, Kerry Kelly, to explore first-hand what the wilderness designation means for this national treasure. The first day is a 2-hour classroom discussion; the second class is a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guided tour of two areas within the designated 'wilderness'. The tour includes morning and afternoon walks with different habitats and natural features, and lunch at a nearby restaurant. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872740
Course ClosedGuide to Tree Identification — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-16$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm. Enhance your hiking, landscaping, and outdoor adventures by learning to identify the beautiful trees and woody shrubs of Northern Michigan and their invasive counterparts. Discover their roles in the eco-system and learn plant classification, tree identification, and nomenclature in the classroom. Then take to the woods at the 2nd class for a leisurely 3-hour guided field walk at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area. Put your new knowledge to work learning unique physical characteristics, habitats, and growing conditions. Recommended book, 'Trees of Michigan: Field Guide' by Stan Tekiela (or any Michigan/Midwest tree guide), can be found at most bookstores (approx. $13) or online. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872807
Course ClosedSleeping Bear Dunes -- The Big Story — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-16$89 — Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 10 am-Noon and 3rd Thurs, 1- 5 pm (Field Trip). Habitats, creatures, plant life, challenges--want to know more about the Lake Michigan shoreline and the 71,000+ acres of national parkland in our backyard? Explore the habitats from dunes, forests, and meadows to wetlands and rivers and the issues facing each, as well as the birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and plants. The first two sessions are in the classroom. The last day is a longer guided field experience (1-5 p.m.) in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park with carpools arranged at the 2nd class (cost does not include vehicle entrance fee). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873088
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-16 thru 2017-05-16$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142910925
Course ClosedGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-05-23 thru 2017-05-23$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 8 am - 4 pm. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. Who were the people and what were their lives like? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to several ghost towns. Glen Haven is an example of what these logging villages were like in their heyday. Discover the towns, what happened to them, and the people who lived there. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park (you may prefer to meet the group at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m.), then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. We'll travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people find. Includes lunch, transportation, and teacher/guide. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. Meet at University Center Parking Lot at 8 am.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142835401
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-23 thru 2017-05-23$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142910964
Course ClosedNative Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk — 2017-05-25 thru 2017-05-25$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Thursday, 1 - 4 pm<br><br>Experience a leisurely 3-hour guided walk, on level ground, in the woods with ISA certified arborist, Bo Burke. Become familiar with the majestic and varied trees and shrubs of Northern Michigan. Learn their unique physical characteristics, their habitat, and growing conditions. With your newfound knowledge, you'll be ready to practice tree identification and skills on future nature walks. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Dress to walk outdoors. Class meets at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area (4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC).

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872869
Small Town Nature Hikes — 2017-05-30 thru 2017-05-30$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 11 am - 1 pm. Join hiker Gloria Halligan to explore favorite trails and towns of northern Michigan. Each adventure includes a trail hike and a small town walk. Trail hikes involve elevations or beach walks which are moderate to difficult, but not over two miles in length. The combined hike and town walk will total about 3-4 miles. Wear trail footwear or shoes that are comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Hike locations will be emailed or mailed to students a few days before each class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142911017
Michigan Amphibians and Reptiles — 2017-06-01 thru 2017-06-15$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Thursdays, 1 - 3 pm. Explore Michigan's wonderful variety of unique frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles in this classroom and field course. In the classroom, examine the natural history and recent research on Michigan's amphibians and reptiles before hitting the trail in search of some of these elusive but spectacular creatures. Learn field ID and handling techniques as we search forest, field, swamp, and stream. Participate in a citizen science project by contributing our findings to the Michigan Herp Atlas. This course qualifies for credit toward the Northern Naturalist certificate. The first class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire (directions provided at the first class).

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873782
Forever Fit - Session 1 — 2017-06-05 thru 2017-08-11$99 — Face to FaceView Details

For all ages and fitness levels. Choose the early start (June 5) or the later start (June 19). Both cost the same, start early, you receive 2 weeks free! Improve your fitness with these flexible times/fitness options. For around $6 an hour, we'll help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes aerobics, resistance training, core, and flexibility activities--and our classes offer that! Our guided classes offer lots of options to fit your interests and schedule. Pick and choose classes to suit what works best for you on any given day. Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, and then attend the days and times your schedule allows. Class days/times subject to change as enrollment fluctuates. The Forever Fit package has 130 summer hours of exercise classes for you! Start or continue your fitness-level journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 39. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873520
Forever Fit - Session 1 — 2017-06-05 thru 2017-08-11$179 — Face to FaceView Details

For all ages and fitness levels. Choose the early start (June 5) or the later start (June 19). Both cost the same, start early, you receive 2 weeks free! Improve your fitness with these flexible times/fitness options. For around $6 an hour, we'll help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes aerobics, resistance training, core, and flexibility activities--and our classes offer that! Our guided classes offer lots of options to fit your interests and schedule. Pick and choose classes to suit what works best for you on any given day. Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, and then attend the days and times your schedule allows. Class days/times subject to change as enrollment fluctuates. The Forever Fit package has 130 summer hours of exercise classes for you! Start or continue your fitness-level journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873590
Forever Fit - Session 1 — 2017-06-05 thru 2017-08-11$139 — Face to FaceView Details

For all ages and fitness levels. Choose the early start (June 5) or the later start (June 19). Both cost the same, start early, you receive 2 weeks free! Improve your fitness with these flexible times/fitness options. For around $6 an hour, we'll help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes aerobics, resistance training, core, and flexibility activities--and our classes offer that! Our guided classes offer lots of options to fit your interests and schedule. Pick and choose classes to suit what works best for you on any given day. Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, and then attend the days and times your schedule allows. Class days/times subject to change as enrollment fluctuates. The Forever Fit package has 130 summer hours of exercise classes for you! Start or continue your fitness-level journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 45. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873630
Trump's Years to Come — 2017-06-07 thru 2017-06-07$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 1 - 4 pm. (Rescheduled from May 25th Date listed in Catalog). Join Jack Segal, experienced senior US Diplomat, as he examines our newly elected president’s foreign policy actions or inactions we might encounter. Examine what signals can we use leading up to being elected, and since being elected, that can help us examine the new President's possible foreign policy over the next four years.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873428
The Hidden Partnership of Plants and Soil — 2017-06-10 thru 2017-06-10$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Saturday, 9 am - Noon<br><br>Did you know, in some forests, the fungi in the soil weigh more than the trees? Come investigate the relationships between the plants of the forest and soils that support them. Gain experience sampling soils and identifying plants. We'll walk, crawl, dig and learn our way across a variety of plant communities, ending in one of the oldest patches of forest in Grand Traverse County. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Meets at Pelizarri Natural Area (Center Rd. on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the Unitarian Church).

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142859351
Two Views of Society: We're in This Together vs. You're on Your Own — 2017-06-13 thru 2017-06-13$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Tuesday, 1:30 - 4 pm. What we view as normal or even exemplary behavior is an important element of our society. We celebrate virtues of achievement, individual freedom, and getting ahead. But without a moral compass, achievement becomes greed, individual freedom becomes license, and getting ahead becomes winner take all. A critical feature of society is the balance between individual freedom and drive, and the solidarity and community that come from trust, neighborliness, and regard for the larger good. We'll lay out the central features of each side of the equation and explore examples of balance.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873358
Field Botany for the Naturalist — 2017-06-22 thru 2017-07-06$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 9 am - Noon. Have you ever wondered about the plants you see as you walk through the woods or your own yard? Learn basic tenets of botany--including terminology and plant families--identifying common plants by sight, and how to 'key' plants. This will be an adventure as you gain a new perspective on the world around you! Each class session meets at a different site--beautiful bogs, forests, fields, and marshes--around Traverse City or Leelanau County. Be prepared for uneven and wet terrain, variable weather, mosquitos, and lots of walking. Bring a notebook, water bottle, a magnifier for looking at small plant parts, and your questions! This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. First class meets at Hatlem Creek Preserve, on Plowman Rd. near Empire (directions at LeelanauConservancy.org).

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873168
Gentle Yoga — 2017-07-11 thru 2017-08-22$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Tuesdays, 10:15 - 11:30 am. 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 for movement.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873229
Northern Michigan Geology — 2017-07-12 thru 2017-07-13$125 — Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 08:30 am - 12:30 pm (Lab); Thurs, 08:30 am - 4 pm (Trip). <br><br>Explore the formation of the northern Michigan landscape through a classroom, lab, and field trip experience. Guided by NMC Geology Professor, Robb Houston, learn about the Paleozoic rock layers, their fossils, and the relationship of rock layers to more recent geologic processes. A half-day in the lab provides core information for a full day of discovery visiting geologic sites. The field trip involves walking up to a mile in wooded terrain. Meet at the classroom both days. Transportation and picnic box lunch are included. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872998
Identifying Edible and Medicinal Plants — 2017-07-15 thru 2017-07-15$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Saturday, 1 - 4 pm<br><br>Have you ever tasted a wild leek? A violet? Did you know that many of the plants around us can be used as food or medicine? Gain basic plant identification skills as you learn to recognize more than 20 common species of edible and medicinal plants and know when they are ready for gathering. We'll also explore how plants and humans interact, how they have been used by people for millennia, and how we can forage without threatening the survival of these marvelous plant neighbors. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Come prepared to walk in the woods. Optional text: The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Plants.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872939
Fall Wildflowers — 2017-08-21 thru 2017-09-11$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Mondays, 9 am - Noon<br><br>Venture into Leelanau County's Krumweide Forest Reserve and other locations to examine common fall wildflowers of northern Michigan, with a special focus on genera within the aster family. Learn how to ID wildflowers while examining the ecological communities that species prefer. Gain understanding of the special adaptations that allow different flowers to thrive in northern environments. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray, a hat, water, and a magnifying lens to see identifying characteristics of the flowers. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. The first session meets at Krumweide Forest Reserve, on Wheeler Rd. near Glen Arbor, map at leelanauconservancy.org/natural-areas-map/

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142835493
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873722
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 145819425
Insects and Bugs--Essential Understanding for the Naturalist — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-09-25$89 — Face to FaceView Details

1st two Mondays, 9 am - Noon, 3rd Monday, 10 am - 3 pm.<br><br>The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day three. Last class meets 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872653
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