LIFE Academy

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

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A Closer Look at Spiders—2018-08-22 through 2018-08-29$89—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 9 am - 1 pm, University Center Rm 214. Go beyond the myths and folklore of these interesting, yet somewhat creepy creatures to discover the fascinating facts and characteristics of our local spiders. Learn how to classify spiders and differentiate them from each other as you search for and identify local species. Gain understanding of their life cycle and look at specific adaptations for hunting and capturing prey. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather for the final session which meets at the Timbers Recreation Area.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801609
Aquatic Insects and Water Quality—2018-09-13 through 2018-09-27$89—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 204. 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 =287801585
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga—2018-07-13 through 2018-08-24$69—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-2 pm, 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 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801633
Come Sail Away with the MHA—2018-09-05 through 2018-09-05$169—Face to FaceView Details

<p>Wed., 4-7 pm, 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. Sail the beautiful waters of the bay while supporting the Traverse City Maritime Heritage Alliance.</p><br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801590
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerDragonflies and Damselflies—2018-07-13 through 2018-07-27$89—Face to FaceView Details

<p>3 Fri, 10 am - Noon, University Center Rm 212. Finding dragonflies and damselflies with binoculars and cameras is becoming as popular and enjoyable as birding. These colorfully patterned insects of the order Odonata are a delight to find and can be indicators of habitat and biodiversity. Join the staff of Grass River Natural Area in exploring the identification, collection, natural history, and photography of dragonflies and damselflies. We will learn in the classroom for the first session, then put our knowledge to work in the field with nets and binoculars at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire for the remaining classes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.</p>

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801637
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEntomology for the Naturalist—2018-07-09 through 2018-07-23$99—Face to FaceView Details

Mons, 9 am - Noon, University Center Rm 209. The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. This course is now required for the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day three. Last class meets 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801965
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga—2018-07-10 through 2018-08-21$79—Face to FaceView Details

<p>Tues, 10:15-11:30 am, Physical Education Bldg 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 for movement. Note: on Tues, July 31, Aug. 14 and 21, class meets at Crooked Tree Yoga in Acme.</p><br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801772
How to Avoid a Knee Replacement—2018-08-15 through 2018-08-22$49—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6-8 pm, University Center 209. Got knee pain? Want to get rid of it without medications, injections or surgery? Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways to diminish knee pain and heal the ligaments, muscles and joints affecting the knee--EVEN if you've been told that surgery is the only answer! Find out the #1 biggest mistake knee pain sufferers make. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain

  • Seats available: Approximately 25. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801615
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Geology—2018-07-11 through 2018-07-12$125—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., July 11, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lab) AND Thurs., July 12, 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. <br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801769
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Glacial Landforms—2018-07-18 through 2018-07-18$99—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 10 am - 4 pm, 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 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: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801629
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerRotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain—2018-07-11 through 2018-07-18$49—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 209. Attention shoulder pain sufferers! Do you suffer from persistent shoulder pain? Have you been told that you have a rotator cuff tear? If you are looking for a natural solution to shoulder pain and want to avoid medications, injections and surgery, then this class is for you! Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your shoulder. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 25. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801695
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerEntomology for the Naturalist—2018-07-09 through 2018-07-23$99—Face to FaceView Details

Mons, 9 am - Noon, University Center Rm 209. The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. This course is now required for the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day three. Last class meets 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801965
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga—2018-07-10 through 2018-08-21$79—Face to FaceView Details

<p>Tues, 10:15-11:30 am, Physical Education Bldg 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 for movement. Note: on Tues, July 31, Aug. 14 and 21, class meets at Crooked Tree Yoga in Acme.</p><br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801772
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Geology—2018-07-11 through 2018-07-12$125—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., July 11, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lab) AND Thurs., July 12, 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. <br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801769
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerRotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain—2018-07-11 through 2018-07-18$49—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 209. Attention shoulder pain sufferers! Do you suffer from persistent shoulder pain? Have you been told that you have a rotator cuff tear? If you are looking for a natural solution to shoulder pain and want to avoid medications, injections and surgery, then this class is for you! Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your shoulder. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 25. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801695
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerDragonflies and Damselflies—2018-07-13 through 2018-07-27$89—Face to FaceView Details

<p>3 Fri, 10 am - Noon, University Center Rm 212. Finding dragonflies and damselflies with binoculars and cameras is becoming as popular and enjoyable as birding. These colorfully patterned insects of the order Odonata are a delight to find and can be indicators of habitat and biodiversity. Join the staff of Grass River Natural Area in exploring the identification, collection, natural history, and photography of dragonflies and damselflies. We will learn in the classroom for the first session, then put our knowledge to work in the field with nets and binoculars at Grass River Natural Area near Alden/Bellaire for the remaining classes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.</p>

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801637
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga—2018-07-13 through 2018-08-24$69—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-2 pm, 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 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801633
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNorthern Michigan Glacial Landforms—2018-07-18 through 2018-07-18$99—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 10 am - 4 pm, 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 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: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801629
How to Avoid a Knee Replacement—2018-08-15 through 2018-08-22$49—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6-8 pm, University Center 209. Got knee pain? Want to get rid of it without medications, injections or surgery? Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways to diminish knee pain and heal the ligaments, muscles and joints affecting the knee--EVEN if you've been told that surgery is the only answer! Find out the #1 biggest mistake knee pain sufferers make. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain

  • Seats available: Approximately 25. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801615
A Closer Look at Spiders—2018-08-22 through 2018-08-29$89—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 9 am - 1 pm, University Center Rm 214. Go beyond the myths and folklore of these interesting, yet somewhat creepy creatures to discover the fascinating facts and characteristics of our local spiders. Learn how to classify spiders and differentiate them from each other as you search for and identify local species. Gain understanding of their life cycle and look at specific adaptations for hunting and capturing prey. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather for the final session which meets at the Timbers Recreation Area.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801609
Come Sail Away with the MHA—2018-09-05 through 2018-09-05$169—Face to FaceView Details

<p>Wed., 4-7 pm, 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. Sail the beautiful waters of the bay while supporting the Traverse City Maritime Heritage Alliance.</p><br><br>

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =287801590
Aquatic Insects and Water Quality—2018-09-13 through 2018-09-27$89—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 204. 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 =287801585
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