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Aquatic Insects and Water Quality— 2019-09-16 through  2019-09-30$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., Sept. 16-30, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 204 and field trips. There are some incredible insects and other invertebrates that spend much of their life in water before emerging to the land or air. Learn the natural history of these insects and how the quantity and quality of aquatic life equates to the health of a stream or body of water. In this hands-on course, join the staff of the Grass River Natural Area as you work with the tools and techniques used to measure water quality in our region by looking at our local fauna. Run chemical and physical field tests and evaluate your results to determine the levels of oxygen, turbidity, pH, temperature and nutrients. 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). This course qualifies for credit toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339595
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBotany Tour of Kehl Lake Natural Area— 2019-07-19 through  2019-07-19$49— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., July 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Trailhead N. Kehl Rd. Northport. Explore early summer plants in the conifer swamps, mesic northern forest, and shoreline communities at Kehl Lake Natural Area. Look at several species of ferns, grasses and aquatic and semi-aquatic species along the shoreline. Expect easy walking mostly on trail with flat terrain, but we may get wet feet along the waters edge. Bring water, proper footwear, bug spray or long sleeves, and a magnifier. Meet at the trailhead at 12625 N. Kehl Rd., Northport. For directions see: leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/kehl-lake-natural-area. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335851
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBotany Tour of Lost Lake Bog— 2019-07-01 through  2019-07-01$49— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., July 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp Entrance. Investigate the plants that make sphagnum bogs their homes, such as orchids, carnivorous plants, and ericaceous plants. Discuss the unique biogeochemistry of bog ecosystems, how they form, and the special adaptations plants have made. Prepare for moderately difficult walking on uneven terrain and wet feet. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp entrance, located on the west side of the lake next to the Platte River outlet. Google Maps address: 375 Gonder Rd., Interlochen. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335819
Botany Tour of Port Oneida — 2019-08-22 through  2019-08-22$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs. Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Parking Area at Lane Road, Port Oneida. Visit several sites around the Port Oneida Historic District including fallow fields, wetlands, shoreline and forest edges to explore late season flowering plants. We will focus on members of the Asteraceae family such as goldenrods and asters. Prepare for moderate walking on trails with some hills. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the parking area at the end of Lane Rd., off of Port Oneida Rd. in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (park pass is required). This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350336925
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga— 2019-07-19 through  2019-08-23$55— Face to FaceView Details

5 Fri., July 19-Aug. 23, 1-1:45 p.m. (no class Aug. 2), 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. Meets in the Dennos Museum. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337186
Come Sail Away with the MHA— 2019-08-13 through  2019-08-13$99— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Maritime Heritage Alliance - Discovery Pier, (13268 S. W. Bay Shore Dr., TC). Join experienced captain and crew members of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and sail West Grand Traverse Bay! This unique small class will set sail on the 39-foot Champion, a custom-built cutter. Learn about sailing from the experts: Jay Ruzak, MHA captain and owner of the Grey Hare Inn, or Doug Roberts, sailor of the Mediterranean and other seas - with great stories to tell! Tie knots, take the helm and hoist the sails while exploring Grand Traverse Bay. Learn maritime history and traditions; in the 1800s Michigan used sailing to drive its economy. Join us in celebrating 10 years of SAIL Champion, the program that helps youth who have experience trauma, and experience firsthand why the program is so successful. Enjoy sailing the beautiful waters of the bay with the MHA! If postponed due to rain, class will be August 15th.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337087
Entomology for the Naturalist— 2019-08-19 through  2019-08-26$89— Face to FaceView Details

Mon/Wed/Mon, Aug. 19, 21 and 26, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 207. 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. Be prepared to be outside part of each day. This course is required for the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339498
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$75— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 1-2 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. 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 hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 27. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340821
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$105— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 3-4 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. 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 hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 42. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342014
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$145— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 5-6 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. 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 hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342010
From Takeoff to Return--Travel Planning and Safety Tips — 2019-08-20 through  2019-08-20$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 20, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 205. Be a seasoned traveler whether it is your first trip or your 100th! Be more than simply a tourist! Let Betsy Williams, former travel consultant, show you how to navigate the multitude of travel resource websites and gain a better understanding of destination selection and booking options. Find out how to build a personalized itinerary based on cultural experiences and attractions of interest to you. Explore resources that are available to help you stay safe and healthy for both domestic and overseas travel.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335223
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga— 2019-07-16 through  2019-08-20$85— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., July 16-Aug. 20, 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. Last two classes meet at Crooked Tree Yoga Studio inside Epiphany Salon (M-72 in Acme).

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846618
LIFE Lunch - NMC Indonesia Reef Study Project— 2019-08-09 through  2019-08-09$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Aug. 9, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the August LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Join Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Academic Area at Northwestern Michigan College, for a dynamic presentation showcasing a team of dedicated college students, new technology and a coral reef in Indonesia. This project was part of a capstone course for students in the Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology program at NMC. Learn how students utilized their project management skills to integrate the collection of water quality data, unmanned aerial imagery, and ROV (remotely operated vehicles) video to meet the criteria of the sponsoring research institution at a remote location. Enjoy amazing pictures of the beautiful land, air and seas they traversed around the Bunaken Nation Park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia! Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337077
Meet the Beetles Up Close— 2019-07-30 through  2019-07-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., July 30, 9 a.m.-Noon, Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 116. Beetles are the most abundant insect on the planet. Northern Naturalist students and others will enjoy examining these specimens up-close as you learn fascinating characteristics of these creatures. Learn to use a taxonomy key and build understanding of anatomy, life history, relationships to other insects, habitats and roles in the ecosystem. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337159
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Geology— 2019-07-10 through  2019-07-11$125— Face to FaceView Details

2 days: Wed., July 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lab), AND Thurs., July 11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (field trip), Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337036
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Glacial Landforms— 2019-07-17 through  2019-07-17$99— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., July 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. Glaciers were a significant force in the formation of our region. Join NMC Geology Instructor Robb Houston, as he guides you in an exploration of our local glacial landforms. We will use aerial photographs, topographic maps and soil survey equipment to discover the origin of beach ridges, moraines, kettles and stream-related landforms. The course begins with a brief in-lab discussion followed by a half-day field trip to geological sites of interest throughout the area. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather. Van transportation is provided. Tour involves hikes on uneven terrain.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337145
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBotany Tour of Lost Lake Bog— 2019-07-01 through  2019-07-01$49— Face to FaceView Details

Mon., July 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp Entrance. Investigate the plants that make sphagnum bogs their homes, such as orchids, carnivorous plants, and ericaceous plants. Discuss the unique biogeochemistry of bog ecosystems, how they form, and the special adaptations plants have made. Prepare for moderately difficult walking on uneven terrain and wet feet. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp entrance, located on the west side of the lake next to the Platte River outlet. Google Maps address: 375 Gonder Rd., Interlochen. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335819
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$75— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 1-2 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. 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 hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 27. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350340821
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$105— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 3-4 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. 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 hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 42. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342014
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-07-08 through  2019-08-09$145— Face to FaceView Details

5 weeks, July 8-Aug. 9, attend 5-6 hours a week, all classes in Phys. Ed. Bldg and North Hall on main campus. View all Forever Fit classes at nmc.edu/fitness. Try before you buy! Try as many classes as you want during the first week (June 3-7) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $6 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. 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 hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the classes that you choose. The Forever Fit package has 15 hours a week for a total of 150 summer hours of exercise classes for you! The daily schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350342010
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Geology— 2019-07-10 through  2019-07-11$125— Face to FaceView Details

2 days: Wed., July 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lab), AND Thurs., July 11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (field trip), Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337036
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga— 2019-07-16 through  2019-08-20$85— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., July 16-Aug. 20, 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. Last two classes meet at Crooked Tree Yoga Studio inside Epiphany Salon (M-72 in Acme).

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 351846618
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Glacial Landforms— 2019-07-17 through  2019-07-17$99— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., July 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 213. Glaciers were a significant force in the formation of our region. Join NMC Geology Instructor Robb Houston, as he guides you in an exploration of our local glacial landforms. We will use aerial photographs, topographic maps and soil survey equipment to discover the origin of beach ridges, moraines, kettles and stream-related landforms. The course begins with a brief in-lab discussion followed by a half-day field trip to geological sites of interest throughout the area. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather. Van transportation is provided. Tour involves hikes on uneven terrain.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337145
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga— 2019-07-19 through  2019-08-23$55— Face to FaceView Details

5 Fri., July 19-Aug. 23, 1-1:45 p.m. (no class Aug. 2), 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. Meets in the Dennos Museum. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337186
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerBotany Tour of Kehl Lake Natural Area— 2019-07-19 through  2019-07-19$49— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., July 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Trailhead N. Kehl Rd. Northport. Explore early summer plants in the conifer swamps, mesic northern forest, and shoreline communities at Kehl Lake Natural Area. Look at several species of ferns, grasses and aquatic and semi-aquatic species along the shoreline. Expect easy walking mostly on trail with flat terrain, but we may get wet feet along the waters edge. Bring water, proper footwear, bug spray or long sleeves, and a magnifier. Meet at the trailhead at 12625 N. Kehl Rd., Northport. For directions see: leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/kehl-lake-natural-area. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335851
Meet the Beetles Up Close— 2019-07-30 through  2019-07-30$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., July 30, 9 a.m.-Noon, Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 116. Beetles are the most abundant insect on the planet. Northern Naturalist students and others will enjoy examining these specimens up-close as you learn fascinating characteristics of these creatures. Learn to use a taxonomy key and build understanding of anatomy, life history, relationships to other insects, habitats and roles in the ecosystem. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337159
LIFE Lunch - NMC Indonesia Reef Study Project— 2019-08-09 through  2019-08-09$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Aug. 9, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the August LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Join Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Academic Area at Northwestern Michigan College, for a dynamic presentation showcasing a team of dedicated college students, new technology and a coral reef in Indonesia. This project was part of a capstone course for students in the Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology program at NMC. Learn how students utilized their project management skills to integrate the collection of water quality data, unmanned aerial imagery, and ROV (remotely operated vehicles) video to meet the criteria of the sponsoring research institution at a remote location. Enjoy amazing pictures of the beautiful land, air and seas they traversed around the Bunaken Nation Park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia! Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337077
Come Sail Away with the MHA— 2019-08-13 through  2019-08-13$99— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Maritime Heritage Alliance - Discovery Pier, (13268 S. W. Bay Shore Dr., TC). Join experienced captain and crew members of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and sail West Grand Traverse Bay! This unique small class will set sail on the 39-foot Champion, a custom-built cutter. Learn about sailing from the experts: Jay Ruzak, MHA captain and owner of the Grey Hare Inn, or Doug Roberts, sailor of the Mediterranean and other seas - with great stories to tell! Tie knots, take the helm and hoist the sails while exploring Grand Traverse Bay. Learn maritime history and traditions; in the 1800s Michigan used sailing to drive its economy. Join us in celebrating 10 years of SAIL Champion, the program that helps youth who have experience trauma, and experience firsthand why the program is so successful. Enjoy sailing the beautiful waters of the bay with the MHA! If postponed due to rain, class will be August 15th.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350337087
Entomology for the Naturalist— 2019-08-19 through  2019-08-26$89— Face to FaceView Details

Mon/Wed/Mon, Aug. 19, 21 and 26, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 207. 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. Be prepared to be outside part of each day. This course is required for the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339498
From Takeoff to Return--Travel Planning and Safety Tips — 2019-08-20 through  2019-08-20$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Aug. 20, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 205. Be a seasoned traveler whether it is your first trip or your 100th! Be more than simply a tourist! Let Betsy Williams, former travel consultant, show you how to navigate the multitude of travel resource websites and gain a better understanding of destination selection and booking options. Find out how to build a personalized itinerary based on cultural experiences and attractions of interest to you. Explore resources that are available to help you stay safe and healthy for both domestic and overseas travel.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350335223
Botany Tour of Port Oneida — 2019-08-22 through  2019-08-22$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs. Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Parking Area at Lane Road, Port Oneida. Visit several sites around the Port Oneida Historic District including fallow fields, wetlands, shoreline and forest edges to explore late season flowering plants. We will focus on members of the Asteraceae family such as goldenrods and asters. Prepare for moderate walking on trails with some hills. Bring water, proper footwear, and a magnifier. Meet at the parking area at the end of Lane Rd., off of Port Oneida Rd. in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (park pass is required). This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350336925
Aquatic Insects and Water Quality— 2019-09-16 through  2019-09-30$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., Sept. 16-30, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 204 and field trips. There are some incredible insects and other invertebrates that spend much of their life in water before emerging to the land or air. Learn the natural history of these insects and how the quantity and quality of aquatic life equates to the health of a stream or body of water. In this hands-on course, join the staff of the Grass River Natural Area as you work with the tools and techniques used to measure water quality in our region by looking at our local fauna. Run chemical and physical field tests and evaluate your results to determine the levels of oxygen, turbidity, pH, temperature and nutrients. 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). This course qualifies for credit toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 350339595
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