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Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEnvironmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview (Face to Face)— 2021-09-20 through  2021-09-24$85— Face to FaceView Details

TIME CHANGED to 1-4 p.m., Mon/Wed/Fri, Sept. 20-24, Interlochen Arts Academy Sustainability Garden (4000 M-137, Interlochen). How is the environment in Northern Michigan changing? What are the most pressing ecological issues facing our region? Explore issues pertinent to our forests, wetlands, the Great Lakes, and the human population. Sessions cover natural history, regional ecology, environmental management and sustainability. Gain a stronger sense of place, new insights, and practical knowledge in this up-to-date overview. This course is open to all and is a core course towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424556486
Fall Mushroom Foray at Grass River (Face to Face)— 2021-09-30 through  2021-09-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 30, 1-4 p.m. at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). Tour the woods and fields with naturalists at Grass River Natural Area to freshen up on your mushroom identification skills. On the trek you will seek, find and identify fun fall fungi. In the process, learn about the life-cycles, habitats and features of these organisms. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557402
Course ClosedIdentifying Fall Mushrooms (Face to Face)— 2021-10-06 through  2021-10-06$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Participants must take Wild Mushroom Identification Basics prior to taking this course. In the fall, the forests of Northern Michigan deliver many choice edible and medicinal mushrooms. Join certified mushroom expert Jim Moses for a fascinating experience and learn the basic rules for safe mushroom hunting. Discover the difference between a 'Chicken' and a 'Hen of the Woods.' Learn to identify Yellow Feet, Black Trumpets, Turkey Tail, and Charga along with 15 other genera. You will get important information on the biology and ecology of mushrooms, as well as tips and tricks for cooking and preserving the edible varieties. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424560808
Interpretation and Environmental Education (Face to Face)— 2021-11-03 through  2021-11-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. You have been working toward getting your Naturalist Certificate and you are excited to share all of your new knowledge. But what is the best way to communicate all of the fantastic knowledge you have learned to various audiences? Learn the art of interpretation and environmental education. Learn interpretive techniques, research effective environmental education, and put together an action plan to turn your knowledge into impact! This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563198
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerIntroduction to Beetending (Face to Face)— 2021-09-18 through  2021-09-18$49— Face to FaceView Details

Sat., Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m., Taught at Interlochen Arts Academy Sustainability Garden (4000 M-137, Interlochen). Are you bee-curious, considering backyard beetending? Are you a new-bee, seeking community and stronger skills as a new beetender? Learn the basics from Willow and Janna, co-coordinators of the Benzie Bee Guild. Topics covered will include bees and colony life, how bees work, and how northern beekeepers follow the cycle of the seasons. Taught from a stewardship perspective, you will learn actions to help your bees thrive, not just survive. Every student will receive a resource packet with useful beekeeping information. Optional text, Natural Beekeeping, by Ross Conrad, is available online and from your local bookstores. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424556467
Course ClosedOwls of Northern Michigan (Face to Face)— 2021-10-14 through  2021-10-14$39— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m., Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). Owls are fascinating birds. What is it about the elusive owl that sparks an air of mystery and intrigue? Join Grass River staff as we learn about local owls, their biology, identification, calls and habits. Learn times and places to go searching for owls during day and night, and strategies to increase your success in finding them. Then, we head out for a night hike in search of these amazing birds. Participants should be comfortable walking outdoors at night for about 1 mile on uneven trails. Bring a light. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562691
Solar Energy and You (Face to Face)— 2021-10-04 through  2021-10-04$29— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m., Parsons-Stulen Bldg. Rm. 226. People are investing in and using solar energy more than ever before. Find out if solar could be a good solution for your home or business. Discussions will include understanding how solar electric generation systems work for grid connected systems. Learn about the important points of a site assessment, which is the first step before a proposal can be made. Review an example of a solar proposal, so you know what to expect when you get a quote. This class is followed by two more solar options; The Keeling Curve and Our Understanding of Carbon in the Atmosphere; and Coffee Chat: Solar Power Past and Future. Respectively, about solar plus storage and the final chat will be about car charging with solar. This class qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Aero Park  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557715
The Keeling Curve and Understanding of Carbon in the Atmosphere (Face to Face)— 2021-11-01 through  2021-11-01$29— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Parsons-Stulen Bldg. Rm. 226. Take a closer look at the history of our understanding of carbon, carbon cycles, and carbon isotopes in this fun and brain-active class. Using a lesson plan developed through the American Chemical Society, you will work through hands-on activities to understand carbon as an essential element to life here on Earth. You don't have to have a chemistry background to participate, just curiosity and a desire to understand climate dynamics. This class qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Aero Park  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563171
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerIntroduction to Beetending (Face to Face)— 2021-09-18 through  2021-09-18$49— Face to FaceView Details

Sat., Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m., Taught at Interlochen Arts Academy Sustainability Garden (4000 M-137, Interlochen). Are you bee-curious, considering backyard beetending? Are you a new-bee, seeking community and stronger skills as a new beetender? Learn the basics from Willow and Janna, co-coordinators of the Benzie Bee Guild. Topics covered will include bees and colony life, how bees work, and how northern beekeepers follow the cycle of the seasons. Taught from a stewardship perspective, you will learn actions to help your bees thrive, not just survive. Every student will receive a resource packet with useful beekeeping information. Optional text, Natural Beekeeping, by Ross Conrad, is available online and from your local bookstores. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424556467
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEnvironmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview (Face to Face)— 2021-09-20 through  2021-09-24$85— Face to FaceView Details

TIME CHANGED to 1-4 p.m., Mon/Wed/Fri, Sept. 20-24, Interlochen Arts Academy Sustainability Garden (4000 M-137, Interlochen). How is the environment in Northern Michigan changing? What are the most pressing ecological issues facing our region? Explore issues pertinent to our forests, wetlands, the Great Lakes, and the human population. Sessions cover natural history, regional ecology, environmental management and sustainability. Gain a stronger sense of place, new insights, and practical knowledge in this up-to-date overview. This course is open to all and is a core course towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424556486
Fall Mushroom Foray at Grass River (Face to Face)— 2021-09-30 through  2021-09-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 30, 1-4 p.m. at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). Tour the woods and fields with naturalists at Grass River Natural Area to freshen up on your mushroom identification skills. On the trek you will seek, find and identify fun fall fungi. In the process, learn about the life-cycles, habitats and features of these organisms. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557402
Solar Energy and You (Face to Face)— 2021-10-04 through  2021-10-04$29— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m., Parsons-Stulen Bldg. Rm. 226. People are investing in and using solar energy more than ever before. Find out if solar could be a good solution for your home or business. Discussions will include understanding how solar electric generation systems work for grid connected systems. Learn about the important points of a site assessment, which is the first step before a proposal can be made. Review an example of a solar proposal, so you know what to expect when you get a quote. This class is followed by two more solar options; The Keeling Curve and Our Understanding of Carbon in the Atmosphere; and Coffee Chat: Solar Power Past and Future. Respectively, about solar plus storage and the final chat will be about car charging with solar. This class qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Aero Park  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557715
Course ClosedIdentifying Fall Mushrooms (Face to Face)— 2021-10-06 through  2021-10-06$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Participants must take Wild Mushroom Identification Basics prior to taking this course. In the fall, the forests of Northern Michigan deliver many choice edible and medicinal mushrooms. Join certified mushroom expert Jim Moses for a fascinating experience and learn the basic rules for safe mushroom hunting. Discover the difference between a 'Chicken' and a 'Hen of the Woods.' Learn to identify Yellow Feet, Black Trumpets, Turkey Tail, and Charga along with 15 other genera. You will get important information on the biology and ecology of mushrooms, as well as tips and tricks for cooking and preserving the edible varieties. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424560808
Course ClosedOwls of Northern Michigan (Face to Face)— 2021-10-14 through  2021-10-14$39— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m., Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). Owls are fascinating birds. What is it about the elusive owl that sparks an air of mystery and intrigue? Join Grass River staff as we learn about local owls, their biology, identification, calls and habits. Learn times and places to go searching for owls during day and night, and strategies to increase your success in finding them. Then, we head out for a night hike in search of these amazing birds. Participants should be comfortable walking outdoors at night for about 1 mile on uneven trails. Bring a light. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562691
The Keeling Curve and Understanding of Carbon in the Atmosphere (Face to Face)— 2021-11-01 through  2021-11-01$29— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Parsons-Stulen Bldg. Rm. 226. Take a closer look at the history of our understanding of carbon, carbon cycles, and carbon isotopes in this fun and brain-active class. Using a lesson plan developed through the American Chemical Society, you will work through hands-on activities to understand carbon as an essential element to life here on Earth. You don't have to have a chemistry background to participate, just curiosity and a desire to understand climate dynamics. This class qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Aero Park  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563171
Interpretation and Environmental Education (Face to Face)— 2021-11-03 through  2021-11-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. You have been working toward getting your Naturalist Certificate and you are excited to share all of your new knowledge. But what is the best way to communicate all of the fantastic knowledge you have learned to various audiences? Learn the art of interpretation and environmental education. Learn interpretive techniques, research effective environmental education, and put together an action plan to turn your knowledge into impact! This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563198

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.