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

SLN – Mitchell Caverns

Tuesday, January 25
1:00-2:00pm

Mitchell caverns are the only limestone caves in the California State Park system. The caverns were created during the Pleistocene epoch, when ground water with a high carbonic acid content ate into the surrounding marble and sedimentary limestone. Stalactites, stalagmites, and other cave formations were formed from calcium carbonate left by dripping mineral water. For many years the caves were thought to be “dead”, that is, the formations were no longer growing. However, recent studies have found something different.
Our park ranger, Andrew has asked us to return to see a special presentation of the caverns in Providence Mountains with their new and improved internet connections.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity: 10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: 103

SLN – Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

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

Will the real Ulysses S. Grant please stand up? As the nation celebrates Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th birthday in 2022, popular interest in the Civil War general and two-term president is at an all-time high. However, popular stereotypes about Grant’s personal characteristics and life experiences remain within popular memory. Was Grant an uncaring general who had no regard for his troops? Was he an alcoholic who engaged in destructive behavior? In this presentation, Park Ranger Nick Sacco (Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site) looks to address various claims about Grant and uncover the characteristics of a deeply complex person who faced serious challenges during his lifetime.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity: 10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: 103

SLN – National Portrait Gallery- Its Presidents Month! Presidential Portraits

Tuesday, February 8
1:00-2:00pm

In honor of Presidents’ Month, we will once again visit the National Portrait Gallery!  The nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House, this exhibition lies at the heart of the Portrait Gallery’s mission to tell the American story through the individuals who have shaped it.
Having designed a fresh exhibition layout for “America’s Presidents,” the Portrait Gallery has grouped the portraits into six historical chapters. Each of the first five sections is organized around a historical era and leads off with a presidential figure: Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, while a sixth section examines the more recent history of the presidency. Updated content provides visitors with improved ways to understand historical events—both national and international—that coincided with the respective President’s time in office.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity: 10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: 103

SLN – Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Tuesday, February 15
1:00-2:00pm

Nestled in a valley of eastern Tennessee sits a quaint town, Greeneville. This town was named after Nathanael Greene a Revolutionary War hero. The county took the same “Greene” name. Years later another famous soldier was born into these same hills, Davy Crockett was his name.
Andrew Johnson our 17th president, born in North Carolina, moved to Greeneville when he was only a teenager and made this his home. Join us as we learn about this little-known politician, who assumed the presidency upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity: 10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: 103

SLN – Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (Nebraska)

Tuesday, February 22
1:00-2:00pm

No Dinosaurs Here, Only Mammals!
Join an Education Ranger as they introduce students to several species of mammals that once roamed the Nebraska plains during the Miocene epoch some 26-15 Million Years ago. Learn about how climate change, geology and other environmental factors contributed to the evolution and extinction of these species. And some other fun facts as well!

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity: 10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: 103