Senior Learning Network

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.
If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Patty Ciernia at 664-3709

Now offering classes in partnership with the Senior Learning Network. These classes will be held virtually via Zoom

(registration deadlines the Sunday prior to class)

 

ONLINE – General Grant National Memorial (Zoom)

Thursday, February 25
1:00-2:00pm

The final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, is the largest mausoleum in North America. It testifies to a people’s gratitude for the man who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as President of the United States, strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.
*Specific program description to be announced.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  February 21
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Penn Museum/ Personally Guided African Galleries Tour (Zoom)

Tuesday, March 2
1:00-2:00pm

What better way to learn about the culture of another place than through the eyes of someone who grew up there?  Through the Global Guides Program, the Museum offers virtual tours led by Philadelphians who grew up in countries around the world!  In addition to sharing historical information about the museum artifacts on display, our guide from Africa will combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their home country.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  February 28
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – The Lost Colony / Ft. Raleigh National Historic Park (Zoom)

Thursday, March 4
1:00-2:00pm

An in-depth look at the complex history and mystery of England’s start in North America. 
Join park rangers to explore the events and unknowns surrounding the first English colony in North America. The program begins at the historic Waterside Theater and will cover the multiple English voyages, the interactions between the English and Native people and some theories about what happened to the Lost Colony. The program will continue with a tour to the archaeology site of the 1585 scientific workshop (this is not an active dig site but rather where known parts of the story exist) and the earthen fort which is a reproduction of one from the 1580’s. Continuing through the forest and ending at the north shore of the island provides an opportunity to discuss the, yet to be discovered, location where the colonists built their homes.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  February 28
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – The First 100 Days of FDR (Zoom)

Tuesday, March 9
1:00-2:00pm

The first 100 days of the Roosevelt Administration was the most legislatively active period in American history. This session explores the flurry of dramatic actions taken by FDR as he sought to pull the United States from the grips of the Great Depression in the opening days of his presidency.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  March 7
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Lovingly, Marion/ McNay Art Museum (Zoom)

Thursday, March 11
1:00-2:00pm

Join us for a tour of the McNay Collection! This tour highlights Marion Koogler McNay’s bequest of her home and art collection with particular emphasis on 20th and 21st-century modernist artists Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Diego Rivera among others.
About Marion Koogler McNay:
Marion Koogler McNay, was an American painter, art collector, and art teacher who inherited a substantial oil fortune upon the death of her parents. She later willed her fortune to be used to establish San Antonio’s first museum of modern art, which today bears her name.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  March 7
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – The Story of Amistad/ Mystic Seaport Museum (Zoom)

Thursday, March 18
1:00-2:00pm

This new joint program of Mystic Seaport Museum and Discovering Amistad tells the story of the Amistad and how it serves as an example of how citizens and communities, working together, can bring about landmark change.  Using the legacy of the 1839 Amistad Uprising, the program bridges history and the challenges of that time to present-day issues of inequity.  The program features behind the scenes footage from the vessel itself, and a special Planetarium show that showcases changes in the night sky as seen by the Amistad Africans on their return trip to Sierra Leone, and the role that celestial navigation played in this local story.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  March 14
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Virtual Tour at Mitchell Caverns (Zoom)

Tuesday, March 23
1:00-2:00pm

Mitchell Caverns, within the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, is a trio of limestone caves, located on the east side of the Providence Mountains. For many years the caves were thought to be “dead”, that is, the formations were no longer growing. However, recent studies have found some signs of life. Numerous paleontological and archaeological finds have been made in and around the caverns. Scientists have found the remains of several prehistoric animals, including a sloth. The caverns were a sacred place for the Chemehuevi Indians, and a number of tools and fire pits have been found.

Come join us for a virtual tour with California State Park Interpreter Andrew Fitzpatrick, taking us through a crash course in desert and cave ecology & local history of the Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Desert.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  March 21
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Big Bend National Park / Texas’ Gift to the Nation (Zoom)

Thursday, March 25
1:00-2:00pm

There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend…
During this program, we will view the mountains, river, and desert of Big Bend, and be introduced to a few animals that live in each area. We will also learn what tourists love to do –learning to canoe down the river, or backpack in the mountains.  See you at Big Bend!

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  March 21
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.