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!

February 3, 2017
 Centennial Memorial Ascent of Denali
by Sam Alexander

On June 7 1913, Walter Harper, Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens and Robert Tatum were the first climbers ever to reach the true (south) summit of Denali, with essential support provided by Alaska Native teens John Fredson and Esaias George. In June of 2013, descendants of these six men came together to celebrate the centennial by making their own ascent of Denali along the original route, with support from guides from the Alaska Mountaineering School.

Sam Alexander was raised in Fort Yukon, Alaska. His father was Chief during much of Sam's childhood and set a strong example of service and leadership for Sam and his siblings. Sam graduated from West Point and earned multiple awards for meritorious service in the decade that he served in the U.S. Army. After leaving the military, he attended and graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College with an MBA. Sam now teaches at UAF in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program. Sam joined the Denali Centennial Expedition to represent John Fredson, Esaias George and the Fort Yukon community.

 Professor's Choice Lecture Series

Mondays February 20 - March 20, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Murie Auditorium, UAF West Ridge
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-03.

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.

Feb. 20: "Citizen Science: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?" Dr. Elena Sparrow, Educational Outreach Director & Research Professor, IARC

Feb. 27: "UAF: What are its Values and How is it Valued?" Dr. Dana Thomas, UAF Interim Chancellor

March 6:  "A Strategy for Sustainable Change in Alaskan Ecosystems and Society." Dr. Terry ChapinProfessor Emeritus of Ecology

(No lecture March 13)

March 20: "Responding to Rapid Arctic Change: From Local to Global Strategies." Dr. Hajo Eicken, IARC Director & Professor of Geophysics


Day Trips for 2017 will be posted at the beginning of the summer.

  • To Register for a Day Trip:
    Link to OLLI's registration site:
    Log in. (Use the "forgot password" link if you need to have your username and password emailed to you.)

    Select "2016 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 2016:
    Alaska Salmon Bake
    Tour of Ursa Major Distillery
    North Pole Peonies & Lilyvale Farm Tour
    Tour of Fairbanks Distilling Co.
    Guardian Flight Hangar Tour (one in July, one in October)
    Chena Flood Control Project Tour

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