Day Trips & Special Events

First Friday Winter Lecture Series

First Fridays of January, and February
3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Theatre
FREE and open to the public - Registration is not required. Invite a potential new member!
After the lecture, go on to Fairbanks First Friday events!

December 1, 2017
Oceanography in the Northern Gulf of Alaska: the Seward Line
Russ Hopcroft, Professor at UAF's Institute of Marine Science

January 5, 2018
Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL)
Dave Norton, studied tundra ecology at NARL (1971-1989) and Hajo Eicken, Director of the International Arctic Research Center and Professor of Geophysics at UAF

February 2, 2018
Overwintering in the Arctic: Animal strategies for surviving the long, cold, and dark winter
Brian Barnes, Director of the Institute of Arctic Biology and Professor of Zoophysiology at UAF

 Professor's Choice Lecture Series

Our Fall 2017 installment will be
Mondays Sept. 18 - Oct. 9, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Schaible Auditorium (in Bunnell Building, next to the new Engineering Building, on UAF lower campus)
FREE and open to the public – bring a friend!

Current OLLI members are encouraged, but not required, to register for this as a free course, SOC-01.

This lecture series aspires to share with OLLI members and the general public some of the wealth of knowledge and experience of the University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty. The series spotlights UAF professors and professors emeriti, encouraging them to share topics of their own choice.

September 18, 2017
A Colorful History of the Geophysical Institute
Merritt Helfferich, former Geophysical Institute do-all researcher and technician

September 25, 2018
History and Stories about Poker Flat Research
Neal Brown, Science Advocate, K-Grey educator, and former director of Poker Flat (1971-1989)

October 2, 2017
Dr. T. Neil Davis: A Giant's Contribution to Our University and Community
Rich Seifert, UAF Professor Emeritus

October 9, 2017
Political History of the University of Alaska
Dr. Terrance Cole, UAF Professor of History and storyteller extraordinaire


Day Trips for 2017

Guardian Flight Tour
Wednesday October 11, 10:30 am
Tour the Guardian Flight hangar in Fairbanks and learn about their operations.
Guardian Flight is the largest and most available air medevac provider in the entire state of Alaska. Guardian Flight transports medical, surgical, cardiac, trauma, pediatric, pediatric ICU, newborns, obstetrics, and burn patients from rural facilities to tertiary care facilities, all day, every day. Guardian also provides non-urgent prearranged medical charters to and from any Alaskan community.
With bases in Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kotzebue, Ketchikan, and Sitka, Guardian serves east into the Yukon Territory, south into Seattle, and anywhere else in the United States if it is necessary. Guardian’s pressurized aircraft allow our experienced crews to provide bed-to-bed patient care during inter-facility transports.
If you have taken an OLLI tour of Guardian Flight facilities in the last 3 years, please do not enroll in this tour; let others have a chance. If there are still spaces available as of Oct. 1, go ahead and register.
Meet at Guardian Flight Air Hangar. Directions will be emailed to you about a week before the tour.
Enrollment limited to 14. FREE to current OLLI members, but registration is required.
Click here for details and registration.

To Register for a Day Trip:
CLICK HERE for OLLI's registration site.
Log in. (Use the "forgot password" link if you need to have your username and password emailed to you.)
Select "2017 Day Trips" as the semester; then click "Search."
The registration process is the same as for classes. OLLI doesn't collect any fees for day trips, but some of the events require you to pay the vendor directly.
We also take your reservation over the phone. Please call the OLLI office at 474-6607 

Day trips we did in 2017:
Alaska Salmon Bake
Arctic Qiviut Mill Tour

HooDoo Brewery
Miniature Horse Farm Tour
UAF Power Plant

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