Day Trips & Special Events

*Special Event*

Fall Kick-Off Ice Cream Social

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 7
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: University Community Presbyterian Church, 3510 College Rd.

FREE and open to the public -- bring a potential new OLLI member!

Join us for ice cream, toppings, and homemade cookies while you visit with OLLI friends old and new, pick up your parking permit, pay fees, see what courses still have openings. (Fall registration begins Aug. 24; register early to get into high-demand courses!)

Day Trips for 2016 are listed below

  • 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 2015:
    Superior Pellet Fuels Wood Pellet
    David Brown's Garden
    North Pole Peonies
    Historic F. E. Company Gold Camp at Chatanika
    Black Diamond Horse-drawn Covered Wagon Adventure in Healy

2016 Day Trips

Alaska Salmon Bake

Date: Tuesday, May 10
Time: 5:30 pm
Meeting place: Alaska Salmon Bake at the Pioneer Park

 Cost: $17.95

Join OLLI friends for an informal social gathering to enjoy Alaska Salmon Bake's opening week special. $17.95 gets you a single (large) serving of one of the following: cod, salmon, prime rib, snow crab. Salad bar and dessert are all you care to eat.  

Look for the OLLI sign on a table to find the group.

You do not need to register for this event, and you don't need to be an OLLI member.

 Tour of Ursa Major Distillery
 Tastin room

Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 3:00 pm
Meeting place: at the Distillery

Duration: 1 1/2 hour
Cost: FREE
Maximum: 25. *FULL*

Ursa Major Distilling utilizes local ingredients to distill fine spirits such as our Long Winter Vodka, Summer Harvest Gin, and Fairbanks Sourdough Rum. Tour our small facility and learn how our spirits are made from local grain to bottle. Grain preparation, mashing, fermentation, and distillation will be explained and questions answered. Sample any or all of our products and relax in our beautiful tasting room where hand crafted, traditional cocktails are available for purchase also. The tour and tasting room are all indoors. We also have a nice outdoor cocktail area where you can enjoy the sunshine if the weather is nice.

Ursa Major Distillery is located at Mile 352 Parks Hwy by Water Wagon.

Link to Ursa Major Distillery

North Pole Peonies and Lilyvale Farm Tour

Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 1:00
Meeting place: at the farm

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $5 paid directly to Marji Illingworth

Lilyvale Farm is the home of North Pole Peonies. Owners Marji and Ron Illingwooth have been growing peonies for the cut flower trade since 2003 and are founding members of the Alaska Peony Growers Association. Growing peonies is a long-term venture and they are trying to do so using sustainable agriculture practices. Almost 15,000 plants are in the ground now and they are expanding every year adding new varieties, color selection, and increasing the number of plants. The Alaska Peony Growers Association provides support and assistance to its members in all aspects of growing, processing, transporting and marketing of peony plants and flowers.


North Pole Peonies is 7.75 miles down Eielson Farm Road.
Turn off of the Richardson Highway at Bathing Beauty Pond.  Continue on Eielson Farm Road for 7.75 miles.  There will be mile signs.  When you pass 5 miles, the road will head straight south.  Continue on until you almost reach the corner.  Just before the corner, on the left, you will see a sign which says "North Pole Peonies".  Turn left into the driveway and you will have reached our farm.

Link to North Pole Peonies


Guardian Flight Hangar Tour
Guardian Flight aircraft

2nd group: Wednesday, Oct. 12 (this date is full but you can join the wait list)
Time: 10:00 am - noon
Duration: 2 hours

Cost: FREE
Maximum: 14
Meeting place: Guardian Flight Air Hangar

                       5859 Airport Industrial Road
                       Fairbanks, AK 99709

 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.
What to wear: Good comfortable walking shoes

Link to Guardian Flight

Chena Flood Control Project Tour

Areal view of Chena Flood project

Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 1:00 pm 
Duration: 1 1/2 hour
Cost: FREE
Maximum: 25
Meeting place: Office
Turn left by the Chena River Lakes ticket booth and follow the signs. You don't have to pay an entry fee at the ticket booth.

The Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project tour will consist of two components. We start with a project overview in the US Army Corps of Engineers building, followed by a site visit of Moose Creek Dam, which is approximately 2.5 miles from the office. We will learn how the Moose Creek Dam works. Topics to be covered range from recreation opportunities, historic and recent flood events to what the USACE Missions are all about.
There will be time to answers any questions you may have. This tour is led by Park Rangers.

Link to Flood Control Project

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