Skip to main content

LIFE Academy

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

Register for Campus Day »

More about LIFE Academy »

All lifelong learning classes »

Course ClosedBirds Up Close— 2019-11-14 through  2019-11-14$45— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using the incredible NMC collection of over 100 specimens, you will examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666924
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga— 2019-09-20 through  2019-12-13$125— Face to FaceView Details

12 Fri., Sept. 20-Dec. 13, 1-1:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 29), Dennos Museum Center. Be the best version of yourself--come explore your potential with yoga! Enjoy the benefits of the essential elements of yoga in seated position. Yoga improves flexibility, posture, balance and spiritual and mental wellness. Practice a variety of yoga poses and discover the rewards of gentle stretches, postures and relaxation through breathing and meditation. All levels and abilities are welcome. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m. on the same dates in the same room.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667127
Education Today: 1850s or 2020s? — 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-19$69— Face to FaceView Details

3 Tues., Nov. 5-19, 5-7 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. Do you have kids or grandkids who are overwhelmed and stressed by the amount of testing and pressure placed on our young students today? Are we engaging ALL of our learners in developmentally appropriate ways? Are our schools building our children up and teaching them to be better humans? Perhaps you can imagine a better system, or maybe you think we have come a long way. The 1850s model was designed to acculturate the flood of immigrants coming from Europe into the United States--are we still stuck in that model? What is Governor Whitmers plan? What are other states and nations doing? What can WE realistically do to change things? This is a discussion class that welcomes your knowledge and opinions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667316
Entertaining with Magic— 2019-10-03 through  2019-10-24$89— Face to FaceView Details

4 Thurs., Oct. 3-24, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. Would you like to learn how to perform magic and entertain with nothing more than a deck of cards? Dr. Larry Phillips will help you learn this new skill. Through demonstration, guided practice, and discussion you will learn to put together and perform a basic close-up magic routine. The material taught in this course is all audience-tested, professional magic from Dr. Phillips performing repertory, including several well-guarded personally developed routines and effects. No Pick-A-Card, Any Card stuff here! The routines taught are impressive and visual magic using a standard deck of playing cards. This course is a great way to investigate a new hobby or revive an old interest.

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667337
Everyone Is an Artist— 2019-11-13 through  2019-11-13$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, an instructor of the popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, has developed a creativity kit that will engage seasoned artists and those who have never even considered themselves to be creative or artistic. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and receive hands-on instruction with the kit; using it as both a journal and sketchbook that will grow your ability to be present and enrich your world view. The creativity tool kit is included in the cost ($25). This class is ideal for those who have taken Learn to See or as a great introduction for anyone -- no previous art training or experience required. Open to adults and youth age 12+ (when accompanied by an enrolled adult).

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667354
Course ClosedFall Mushroom Foray at Grass River — 2019-10-08 through  2019-10-08$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 8, 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.<br><br>

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667386
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-09-09 through  2019-11-01$105— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the first week (Sept 9-13) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667398
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-09-09 through  2019-11-01$145— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the first week (Sept 9-13) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667408
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-09-09 through  2019-11-01$185— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the first week (Sept 9-13) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 44. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667412
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$99— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 42. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667421
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$139— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667429
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$179— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667432
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga— 2019-09-17 through  2019-12-10$149— Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues., Sept. 17-Dec. 10, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 26), Phys. Ed. Rm. 120. Find out why so many have found that yoga improves flexibility, strength, posture and balance, as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Gentle Yoga is designed for people of any level of physical ability who prefer a more mindful, gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667803
Course ClosedGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes— 2019-10-09 through  2019-10-09$125— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. 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 what happened to the towns and the people who lived there. We will travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people know how to find. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. Includes lunch and transportation. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot (if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire, arrive there at 9 am).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667887
Course ClosedGlacial Erratics of Pelizzari — 2019-09-27 through  2019-09-27$29— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m., Pelizzari Natural Area (6852 Center Rd., TC). Love Pelizzari? Or perhaps you have heard of it but never been? Learn so much more about this special natural hiking area at the base of Old Mission Peninsula. Join instructor Jerry Sura on a field excursion of Pelizzari Natural Area to examine glacial aspects of the rolling and irregular surrounding terrain. You are encouraged to nature-journal your findings and musings as you go on a hunt for glacial erratics. Tree identification, bird and floral subjects will also be noted and documented. Hiking distance is 3 miles with hills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Meets at Pelizzari Natural Area parking lot (6852 Center Rd. on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the Unitarian Church).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667893
Course ClosedGlacial Erratics of Pelizzari — 2019-10-04 through  2019-10-04$29— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Oct. 4, 1-3 p.m., Pelizzari Natural Area (6852 Center Rd., TC). Love Pelizzari? Or perhaps you have heard of it but never been? Learn so much more about this special natural hiking area at the base of Old Mission Peninsula. Join instructor Jerry Sura on a field excursion of Pelizzari Natural Area to examine glacial aspects of the rolling and irregular surrounding terrain. You are encouraged to nature-journal your findings and musings as you go on a hunt for glacial erratics. Tree identification, bird and floral subjects will also be noted and documented. Hiking distance is 3 miles with hills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Meets at Pelizzari Natural Area parking lot (6852 Center Rd. on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the Unitarian Church).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 366471243
Globalization — 2019-10-10 through  2019-10-24$59— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., Oct. 10-24, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. The push back on the globalized economy is now facilitating important discussions on the pros and cons of globalization. Together, we will view three 30-minute videos on different aspects of globalization providing the foundation for each classroom discussion. Topics include: Goods and Services, Capital Flows, and People as they relate to the globalized world. Develop a greater understanding of this complex subject as you share and receive opinions and ideas from fellow students.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667909
Governing Today: Exploring Partisan Polarization— 2019-10-29 through  2019-10-29$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 29, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Polarization is the dominant character of governing and electioneering which are marked by rancor and gridlock in todays government. Examine how this shift in American politics came about. What are the consequences for politics and government? And what might be done to mitigate or change the system? Topics include a historical overview of government norms from the New Deal to contemporary politics. Discussion will examine the shift from centrist dominance to political polarization.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667912
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 1— 2019-09-25 through  2019-10-16$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Sept. 25-Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667949
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 2— 2019-10-23 through  2019-11-13$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667953
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Parts 1 & 2— 2019-09-25 through  2019-11-13$109— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Sept. 25-Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667961
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGrief Recovery— 2019-09-11 through  2019-10-30$0— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Learn to employ The Grief Recovery Method®, an action program for moving beyond loss, providing partnerships and guidance to support moving forward in life free from the emotional pain that accompanies the grieving experience. Your feelings while grieving are normal and natural; the problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural. This program is helpful for first time grief workshop participants or a wonderful follow-up for those who have completed Understanding Your Grief, as The Grief Recovery Method® more deeply explores an individuals life and loss histories as well as other factors affecting their journey through grief. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667969
History of the Anishinabek— 2019-10-10 through  2019-10-17$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., Oct. 10 and 17, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 209. The history of our region gets its roots from the Odawa Anishinabek who settled here many, many years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The tribe is one of the three recognized tribes of Odawa peoples in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the 3 Fires people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668010
Course ClosedIdentifying Fall Mushrooms— 2019-10-02 through  2019-10-02$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 2, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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 = 363669652
Identifying Fall Mushrooms— 2019-10-03 through  2019-10-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 3, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. 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: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 369292639
Interpretation and Environmental Education — 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-05$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 5, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669626
Learn to See as an Artist--Part II— 2019-10-08 through  2019-11-12$129— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., Oct. 8-Nov. 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Continue to enhance your ability to access the creative right side of your brain and improve your drawing skills by building on the concepts you have learned in Learn to See as an Artist Sees. This course explores the light and shadow or values in specific detail which ties the previously learned four basic perceptions together. A material fee ($28) is payable to the instructor at the second class. Prerequisite: Learn to See as an Artist Sees.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669519
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws— 2019-10-02 through  2019-11-06$129— Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed., Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14-inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669540
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLIFE Lunch - NMC Indonesia Reef Study Project— 2019-09-20 through  2019-09-20$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Sept. 20, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the September LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Join Ed Bailey, Director of Business Development for Marine Center 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 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669404
LIFE Lunch - TC's Historic Oakwood Cemetery— 2019-10-25 through  2019-10-25$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Oct. 25, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the October LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Back by popular demand, and just in time for Halloween, Cemetery Sexton Branden Morgan will fill you in with more than ghost stories. Established in 1853, Oakwood Cemetery on Eighth Street was the first cemetery in Traverse City -- learn about its original location, the renown locals buried there, plus much more. Do not be afraid to ask Branden about his personal (and spooky) experiences working at the cemetery for over 20 years. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669401
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness— 2019-09-17 through  2019-10-08$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues., Sept. 17-Oct. 8, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg -- a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669168
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness— 2019-11-04 through  2019-11-25$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon., Nov. 4-25, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg -- a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669159
Michigan Mammals Up Close — 2019-11-21 through  2019-11-21$55— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the bears head to their dens this winter, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan mammals in the comfort of the lab using NMCs collection. Examine specimens up close and in your hands. We will check out hair, teeth, feet and wings to see how they make various mammals well suited for their environments. You will dissect an owl pellet and find out what it ate. You will learn to identify several species of smaller mammals, some of which you may never have seen before. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669141
Movement for the Walking Wounded — 2019-09-25 through  2019-10-30$79— Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed., Sept. 25-Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. This movement class is for anyone, of any age, who has been living with pain - knees, hips, lower back, neck, you name it. Fibromyalgia, arthritis sufferers, and people with balance issues -- come one, come all, this class is for YOU! You do not have to live like this any longer. With an open mind and the ability to follow directions, learn deceptively simple, easy-to-do movements. Understand how to help yourself and receive easy but effective homework. Bring a mat or blanket to lie on, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669122
Quantum Spirituality: What Is the Matter? — 2019-10-09 through  2019-10-09$39— Face to FaceView Details

<p>Wed., Oct. 9, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. What is quantum spirituality and how does it matter to YOUR life? Join Kennith James Scott to study the boundaries of physics and our current understanding of what makes the material world material. On the edges of scientific exploration, using the most sophisticated equipment, scientists are finding phenomena that challenge our mental model of reality. What if our mental model of reality is the only barrier between us and spirit?</p><br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668533
Course ClosedSigns of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals — 2019-12-03 through  2019-12-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m., at Grass River Education Center, (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). River otters are active and healthy at Grass River Natural Area. Join a naturalist to learn the natural history of river otters and how to spot signs of these elusive and fun indicators of water quality. On the trail we will look for signs of other elusive animals, like bobcat, mink or black bear. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and takes place at Grass River Natural Area; meet at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668445
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerSupport Group for Mental Illness — 2019-09-16 through  2019-12-16$0— Face to FaceView Details

14 Mon., Sept. 16-Dec. 16, 6-7:30 p.m., at NAMI, 1010 S. Garfield Ave. You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the largest grassroots organization in the nation dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at NAMI, 1010 S. Garfield Avenue. The support group is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668367
The First Amendment: Free Speech and Religion — 2019-10-31 through  2019-11-21$99— Face to FaceView Details

4 Thurs. Oct. 31-Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. The First Amendment to the Constitution states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech… But what does that mean, exactly? Where does the free speech of one person or group conflict with the sensibilities or protections of another? What about hate speech? Antiwar protests? When does the free exercise of religious beliefs effectively constitute the establishment of religion? We know that debates and controversy rage on issues that touch our deeply held religious and/or philosophical beliefs, such as abortion, war, sexual preferences, vaccinations, whether to preserve certain war memorials, etc. Together, we will discuss the scope of these First Amendment freedoms and cover some of the key U.S. Supreme court decisions on these issues. There will be some reading materials and be prepared for lively class discussions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668325
Today's American Government and Politics— 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-19$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Tues., Nov. 5-19, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Today's American government is very different from the one we learned about in a high school or college government class. The differences are deeper than the current partisan polarization and rancour. This class reviews the ideas and structures of the founders, then traces the major changes that have occurred in institutions and practices as America has transformed from a frontier nation to an urban-industrial rising power to a post-industrial mature state.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668268
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief— 2019-09-11 through  2019-11-13$0— Face to FaceView Details

10 Wed., Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your complex and painful thoughts and feelings. Munson Hospice is offering this FREE 10-session program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Munson Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Recovery Specialist. Explore and understand ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions that help in the healing process. The 10-week workshop is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669819
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWilde Opening Night at the Old Town Playhouse— 2019-09-12 through  2019-09-13$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 12, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219, and Fri., Sept. 13, meet at 7 pm for reception and 7:30 pm curtain at Old Town Playhouse (148 E. Eighth St., Traverse City). Explore the world and words of Oscar Wilde in preparation to attend his great work: The Importance of Being Earnest. Discover and discuss the Wilde man through his stories, poems, play and novels. Class on Thursday includes discussion, readings, video clips and more. On Friday, meet at the Old Town Playhouse and attend the opening reception and the opening night performance of the play. Enjoy a night on the town with fellow playgoers and have an exclusive opportunity to peek up close at the set and backstage. Ticket for the play on Friday, September 13 is included. Register by Friday, September 6. No refunds available after this date due to tickets reservations for the performance.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669758
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-09-18 through  2019-09-18$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669769
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-09-19 through  2019-09-19$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669764
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-09-09 through  2019-11-01$105— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the first week (Sept 9-13) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667398
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-09-09 through  2019-11-01$145— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the first week (Sept 9-13) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667408
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-09-09 through  2019-11-01$185— Face to FaceView Details

8 weeks, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the first week (Sept 9-13) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 44. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667412
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief— 2019-09-11 through  2019-11-13$0— Face to FaceView Details

10 Wed., Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your complex and painful thoughts and feelings. Munson Hospice is offering this FREE 10-session program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Munson Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Recovery Specialist. Explore and understand ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions that help in the healing process. The 10-week workshop is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669819
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGrief Recovery— 2019-09-11 through  2019-10-30$0— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Learn to employ The Grief Recovery Method®, an action program for moving beyond loss, providing partnerships and guidance to support moving forward in life free from the emotional pain that accompanies the grieving experience. Your feelings while grieving are normal and natural; the problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural. This program is helpful for first time grief workshop participants or a wonderful follow-up for those who have completed Understanding Your Grief, as The Grief Recovery Method® more deeply explores an individuals life and loss histories as well as other factors affecting their journey through grief. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667969
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWilde Opening Night at the Old Town Playhouse— 2019-09-12 through  2019-09-13$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 12, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219, and Fri., Sept. 13, meet at 7 pm for reception and 7:30 pm curtain at Old Town Playhouse (148 E. Eighth St., Traverse City). Explore the world and words of Oscar Wilde in preparation to attend his great work: The Importance of Being Earnest. Discover and discuss the Wilde man through his stories, poems, play and novels. Class on Thursday includes discussion, readings, video clips and more. On Friday, meet at the Old Town Playhouse and attend the opening reception and the opening night performance of the play. Enjoy a night on the town with fellow playgoers and have an exclusive opportunity to peek up close at the set and backstage. Ticket for the play on Friday, September 13 is included. Register by Friday, September 6. No refunds available after this date due to tickets reservations for the performance.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669758
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerSupport Group for Mental Illness — 2019-09-16 through  2019-12-16$0— Face to FaceView Details

14 Mon., Sept. 16-Dec. 16, 6-7:30 p.m., at NAMI, 1010 S. Garfield Ave. You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the largest grassroots organization in the nation dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at NAMI, 1010 S. Garfield Avenue. The support group is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668367
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga— 2019-09-17 through  2019-12-10$149— Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues., Sept. 17-Dec. 10, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 26), Phys. Ed. Rm. 120. Find out why so many have found that yoga improves flexibility, strength, posture and balance, as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Gentle Yoga is designed for people of any level of physical ability who prefer a more mindful, gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667803
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness— 2019-09-17 through  2019-10-08$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues., Sept. 17-Oct. 8, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg -- a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669168
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-09-18 through  2019-09-18$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669769
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics— 2019-09-19 through  2019-09-19$59— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669764
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga— 2019-09-20 through  2019-12-13$125— Face to FaceView Details

12 Fri., Sept. 20-Dec. 13, 1-1:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 29), Dennos Museum Center. Be the best version of yourself--come explore your potential with yoga! Enjoy the benefits of the essential elements of yoga in seated position. Yoga improves flexibility, posture, balance and spiritual and mental wellness. Practice a variety of yoga poses and discover the rewards of gentle stretches, postures and relaxation through breathing and meditation. All levels and abilities are welcome. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m. on the same dates in the same room.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667127
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLIFE Lunch - NMC Indonesia Reef Study Project— 2019-09-20 through  2019-09-20$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Sept. 20, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the September LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Join Ed Bailey, Director of Business Development for Marine Center 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 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669404
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 1— 2019-09-25 through  2019-10-16$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Sept. 25-Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667949
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Parts 1 & 2— 2019-09-25 through  2019-11-13$109— Face to FaceView Details

8 Wed., Sept. 25-Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667961
Movement for the Walking Wounded — 2019-09-25 through  2019-10-30$79— Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed., Sept. 25-Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. This movement class is for anyone, of any age, who has been living with pain - knees, hips, lower back, neck, you name it. Fibromyalgia, arthritis sufferers, and people with balance issues -- come one, come all, this class is for YOU! You do not have to live like this any longer. With an open mind and the ability to follow directions, learn deceptively simple, easy-to-do movements. Understand how to help yourself and receive easy but effective homework. Bring a mat or blanket to lie on, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669122
Course ClosedGlacial Erratics of Pelizzari — 2019-09-27 through  2019-09-27$29— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m., Pelizzari Natural Area (6852 Center Rd., TC). Love Pelizzari? Or perhaps you have heard of it but never been? Learn so much more about this special natural hiking area at the base of Old Mission Peninsula. Join instructor Jerry Sura on a field excursion of Pelizzari Natural Area to examine glacial aspects of the rolling and irregular surrounding terrain. You are encouraged to nature-journal your findings and musings as you go on a hunt for glacial erratics. Tree identification, bird and floral subjects will also be noted and documented. Hiking distance is 3 miles with hills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Meets at Pelizzari Natural Area parking lot (6852 Center Rd. on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the Unitarian Church).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667893
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws— 2019-10-02 through  2019-11-06$129— Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed., Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14-inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669540
Course ClosedIdentifying Fall Mushrooms— 2019-10-02 through  2019-10-02$49— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 2, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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 = 363669652
Entertaining with Magic— 2019-10-03 through  2019-10-24$89— Face to FaceView Details

4 Thurs., Oct. 3-24, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. Would you like to learn how to perform magic and entertain with nothing more than a deck of cards? Dr. Larry Phillips will help you learn this new skill. Through demonstration, guided practice, and discussion you will learn to put together and perform a basic close-up magic routine. The material taught in this course is all audience-tested, professional magic from Dr. Phillips performing repertory, including several well-guarded personally developed routines and effects. No Pick-A-Card, Any Card stuff here! The routines taught are impressive and visual magic using a standard deck of playing cards. This course is a great way to investigate a new hobby or revive an old interest.

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667337
Identifying Fall Mushrooms— 2019-10-03 through  2019-10-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 3, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. 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: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 369292639
Course ClosedGlacial Erratics of Pelizzari — 2019-10-04 through  2019-10-04$29— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Oct. 4, 1-3 p.m., Pelizzari Natural Area (6852 Center Rd., TC). Love Pelizzari? Or perhaps you have heard of it but never been? Learn so much more about this special natural hiking area at the base of Old Mission Peninsula. Join instructor Jerry Sura on a field excursion of Pelizzari Natural Area to examine glacial aspects of the rolling and irregular surrounding terrain. You are encouraged to nature-journal your findings and musings as you go on a hunt for glacial erratics. Tree identification, bird and floral subjects will also be noted and documented. Hiking distance is 3 miles with hills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Meets at Pelizzari Natural Area parking lot (6852 Center Rd. on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the Unitarian Church).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 366471243
Learn to See as an Artist--Part II— 2019-10-08 through  2019-11-12$129— Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., Oct. 8-Nov. 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Continue to enhance your ability to access the creative right side of your brain and improve your drawing skills by building on the concepts you have learned in Learn to See as an Artist Sees. This course explores the light and shadow or values in specific detail which ties the previously learned four basic perceptions together. A material fee ($28) is payable to the instructor at the second class. Prerequisite: Learn to See as an Artist Sees.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669519
Course ClosedFall Mushroom Foray at Grass River — 2019-10-08 through  2019-10-08$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 8, 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.<br><br>

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667386
Course ClosedGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes— 2019-10-09 through  2019-10-09$125— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. 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 what happened to the towns and the people who lived there. We will travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people know how to find. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. Includes lunch and transportation. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot (if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire, arrive there at 9 am).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667887
Quantum Spirituality: What Is the Matter? — 2019-10-09 through  2019-10-09$39— Face to FaceView Details

<p>Wed., Oct. 9, 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. What is quantum spirituality and how does it matter to YOUR life? Join Kennith James Scott to study the boundaries of physics and our current understanding of what makes the material world material. On the edges of scientific exploration, using the most sophisticated equipment, scientists are finding phenomena that challenge our mental model of reality. What if our mental model of reality is the only barrier between us and spirit?</p><br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668533
History of the Anishinabek— 2019-10-10 through  2019-10-17$69— Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., Oct. 10 and 17, 9 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 209. The history of our region gets its roots from the Odawa Anishinabek who settled here many, many years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The tribe is one of the three recognized tribes of Odawa peoples in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the 3 Fires people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668010
Globalization — 2019-10-10 through  2019-10-24$59— Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., Oct. 10-24, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. The push back on the globalized economy is now facilitating important discussions on the pros and cons of globalization. Together, we will view three 30-minute videos on different aspects of globalization providing the foundation for each classroom discussion. Topics include: Goods and Services, Capital Flows, and People as they relate to the globalized world. Develop a greater understanding of this complex subject as you share and receive opinions and ideas from fellow students.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667909
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 2— 2019-10-23 through  2019-11-13$59— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667953
LIFE Lunch - TC's Historic Oakwood Cemetery— 2019-10-25 through  2019-10-25$10— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Oct. 25, Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Hungry to learn? Attend the October LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Back by popular demand, and just in time for Halloween, Cemetery Sexton Branden Morgan will fill you in with more than ghost stories. Established in 1853, Oakwood Cemetery on Eighth Street was the first cemetery in Traverse City -- learn about its original location, the renown locals buried there, plus much more. Do not be afraid to ask Branden about his personal (and spooky) experiences working at the cemetery for over 20 years. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669401
Governing Today: Exploring Partisan Polarization— 2019-10-29 through  2019-10-29$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 29, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Polarization is the dominant character of governing and electioneering which are marked by rancor and gridlock in todays government. Examine how this shift in American politics came about. What are the consequences for politics and government? And what might be done to mitigate or change the system? Topics include a historical overview of government norms from the New Deal to contemporary politics. Discussion will examine the shift from centrist dominance to political polarization.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667912
The First Amendment: Free Speech and Religion — 2019-10-31 through  2019-11-21$99— Face to FaceView Details

4 Thurs. Oct. 31-Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. The First Amendment to the Constitution states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech… But what does that mean, exactly? Where does the free speech of one person or group conflict with the sensibilities or protections of another? What about hate speech? Antiwar protests? When does the free exercise of religious beliefs effectively constitute the establishment of religion? We know that debates and controversy rage on issues that touch our deeply held religious and/or philosophical beliefs, such as abortion, war, sexual preferences, vaccinations, whether to preserve certain war memorials, etc. Together, we will discuss the scope of these First Amendment freedoms and cover some of the key U.S. Supreme court decisions on these issues. There will be some reading materials and be prepared for lively class discussions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668325
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$99— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 42. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667421
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$139— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667429
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)— 2019-11-04 through  2019-12-20$179— Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, Nov. 4-Dec. 20 (no classes Nov. 28 & 29), 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you like during the week of Sept 9-13 for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 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 days and times that you choose. Daily schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week for a total of 300 fall hours of exercise classes! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667432
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness— 2019-11-04 through  2019-11-25$79— Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon., Nov. 4-25, 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg -- a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669159
Today's American Government and Politics— 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-19$89— Face to FaceView Details

3 Tues., Nov. 5-19, 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Today's American government is very different from the one we learned about in a high school or college government class. The differences are deeper than the current partisan polarization and rancour. This class reviews the ideas and structures of the founders, then traces the major changes that have occurred in institutions and practices as America has transformed from a frontier nation to an urban-industrial rising power to a post-industrial mature state.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668268
Interpretation and Environmental Education — 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-05$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 5, 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669626
Education Today: 1850s or 2020s? — 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-19$69— Face to FaceView Details

3 Tues., Nov. 5-19, 5-7 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. Do you have kids or grandkids who are overwhelmed and stressed by the amount of testing and pressure placed on our young students today? Are we engaging ALL of our learners in developmentally appropriate ways? Are our schools building our children up and teaching them to be better humans? Perhaps you can imagine a better system, or maybe you think we have come a long way. The 1850s model was designed to acculturate the flood of immigrants coming from Europe into the United States--are we still stuck in that model? What is Governor Whitmers plan? What are other states and nations doing? What can WE realistically do to change things? This is a discussion class that welcomes your knowledge and opinions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667316
Everyone Is an Artist— 2019-11-13 through  2019-11-13$59— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, an instructor of the popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, has developed a creativity kit that will engage seasoned artists and those who have never even considered themselves to be creative or artistic. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and receive hands-on instruction with the kit; using it as both a journal and sketchbook that will grow your ability to be present and enrich your world view. The creativity tool kit is included in the cost ($25). This class is ideal for those who have taken Learn to See or as a great introduction for anyone -- no previous art training or experience required. Open to adults and youth age 12+ (when accompanied by an enrolled adult).

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667354
Course ClosedBirds Up Close— 2019-11-14 through  2019-11-14$45— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using the incredible NMC collection of over 100 specimens, you will examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666924
Michigan Mammals Up Close — 2019-11-21 through  2019-11-21$55— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the bears head to their dens this winter, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan mammals in the comfort of the lab using NMCs collection. Examine specimens up close and in your hands. We will check out hair, teeth, feet and wings to see how they make various mammals well suited for their environments. You will dissect an owl pellet and find out what it ate. You will learn to identify several species of smaller mammals, some of which you may never have seen before. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669141
Course ClosedSigns of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals — 2019-12-03 through  2019-12-03$49— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m., at Grass River Education Center, (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire). River otters are active and healthy at Grass River Natural Area. Join a naturalist to learn the natural history of river otters and how to spot signs of these elusive and fun indicators of water quality. On the trail we will look for signs of other elusive animals, like bobcat, mink or black bear. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and takes place at Grass River Natural Area; meet at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668445
Section Navigation