OLLI at UAF: Lifelong Learning for Older Adults

 The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UAF is a membership organization providing learning opportunities for seasoned adults (age 50+) in the Fairbanks area. Led by its membership, OLLI offers stimulating courses, lectures, educational travel, and special interest groups.  

Members explore academic and general interest courses in an atmosphere that is intellectually stimulating, but without the stress of tests and grades. Members are invited from all backgrounds. They share the common bonds of intellectual curiosity and the experience of their generation. They are self-motivated learners, eager to share opinions, knowledge, and expertise with humor and mutual respect.

OLLI is a program of UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning. It has received generous financial support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and recognizes the generosity of benefactor Bernard Osher by using the Osher name. 

There is at least one OLLI in every state! Click here for a map.

If you are a current member of OLLI or were a member last year, you already have an account. Click on "forgot password"  in the login box of the ProClass page. You'll be prompted to enter your email address, and the system will send you an email with your username and password.

If you are new to OLLI, click on "New user? Start here" to create an account.

Fall 2016 Course Dates

Session I: Sept. 12 - Oct. 7
Add-on week I: Oct. 10 - 14
Session II: Oct. 17 - Nov. 11
Add-on week II: Nov. 14 - 18

Online registration opens 9:30 am Wed. August 24
Walk-in registration help will be available in UPark 9:00 - 11:30 am that day.

Spring 2017 Course Dates

Session I: Feb. 13 - March 10
Add-on week I: March 13 - 17
Session II: March 20 - April 14
Add-on week II: April 17 - 21

Online registration date TBA

Looking for materials from your particular OLLI class?

Click on "Classes and Lectures" in the menu at the left.
Then click on "Reference Materials"
The list is ordered chronologically with the most recently posted material at the top.


Classes are usually held in the UAF University Park Building (the old U.Park school).Courses are provided for the joy of learning - with no test or grades.   Most meet once a week for four weeks during spring and fall sessions. They are taught by UAF faculty and retired faculty, Fairbanks professionals, and OLLI members eager to share their expertise. Over 200 courses are offered each year on a variety of topics. Some recent topics have included:

       Guitar from Scratch
       Scoundrels in Northern History
       Get the Most Out of Your Digital Camera
       Natural History of Alaskan Seabirds
       Introduction to Chinese
       Chair Yoga
       Sprouting Year-Round
       Great Decisions (a world affairs discussion program of the Foreign Policy Association)
       Philosophical Puzzles and Paradoxes

Educational Travel
Click "Travel" in the menu at the left of the page for more information about this year's excursions.

Birthplace of Alaska's 1964 Earthquake: Prince William Sound (2014)Travel programs in various locations in Alaska have become part of the OLLI learning experience.  Members enjoy 4 - 7 days of learning and adventure with friends.   

2016 Excursions:

Haines & Skagway: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife
Delta Junction: Its Farms, People and History
Kotzebue: Fish Camp and Inupiat Culture



Membership is open to adults 50 and older and to their adult companions. The annual fee is $35, covering one calendar year of membership (January to December).  Membership includes e-newsletters, socials, special interest groups, and eligibility to register for courses and excursions.

Course fees are $15 per course
      - or-
$150 for unlimited courses for a full year (Jan - Dec).

Members celebrated OLLI's 10th Anniversary in 2010. There are now 800 members in OLLI.
Members celebrated OLLI's 10th Anniversary in 2010. There are now 800 members in OLLI.

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