Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs provide learning or recreational opportunities outside of the scheduled OLLI classes.

OLLI Hiking Club at Chena Lakes 6/12/2014

OLLI Hiking Club at Chena Lakes


SIGs are led by OLLI members, for OLLI members.

CLICK HERE to download our SIG policies.

Alaska's Fiscal Paradox
Hiking Club

Let's Travel
Lifelong Learning Book Club
Olli-Olli Art Club
Rock Hounds
*NEW* When Poems Happen

How to join a SIG:

There are 3 ways to join: do it yourself online, call us at 474-6607, or email us at UAF-OLLI@alaska.edu

   To join online, log in to your OLLI account. (Use the "Forgot password?" link if you don't remember your username or password.)
CLICK HERE to go to the login page.
   Once you are logged in, click on "My Account" in the grey menu bar across the top.
   Scroll down to the SIGs box, click to make a check mark in the box beside each SIG you want to join, and then click the "save" button.

   **NOTE: It won't let you save if you've left blank any of the fields marked with an asterisk. If you scroll back up to the top, there will be a message in red if you've left any of those required fields blank.**

Alaska's Fiscal Paradox

Meeting schedule TBA

Please join us if you are interested in learning more about Alaska's unique fiscal situation and in taking action as concerned citizens. This will be a great group for discussion, support, and research, as well as additional work on the fiscal models, advocacy and community education. For more information, contact the OLLI office and we'll connect you with leader Jean James.


     Spring, summer and fall are the best times of the year to put those GPSr's to work finding geocaches. It's always more fun with friends so come on out and let's get together for some fun and finds. If you have ideas of places you'd like to go please contact leaders Hal and Carol Meyer (liquidearth). The OLLI office can put you in touch with them.
    Join the SIG to get email updates regarding meeting times and places.

Hiking Club
Join the Hiking Club to get email updates.
OLLI's Hiking Club plans several hikes during the summer.
If you would like to lead a hike please contact the OLLI office. 

**Pet dogs are welcome ONLY on hikes listed as "dog-friendly."
Dogs must be well-behaved and non-aggressive toward strangers, both human and canine.
2016 Summer hikes were:

May 27, 2016
Skarland Trails Hike
Leader: Carol Norton
Dog friendly

June 6, 2016

Murphy Dome Road/Minto Flats Outlook Hike
Leader: Mary Matthews

June 22, 2016
Ester Trails Hike
Leader: Alice Stickney

Friday, July 15
Triple Lakes Trail in Denali National Park
Leader: Patricia Mata-Celis
Dogs are not allowed in the park

August 4, 2016
Angel Rocks Hike
Leader: Carol Meyer

August 21, 2016
Wickersham Dome Hike
Leader: Frank Keim

Let's Travel

Usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Times and locations TBA.

Join this SIG if you're interested in traveling with small groups of fellow OLLI members. The group communicates by email.

OLLI Adventure to Yukon-Charley National Preserve

Join your fellow OLLI members for a four-night adventure June 21 – 25, 2017, at the National Park Service’s Coal Creek, a restored mining camp in the Yukon-Charley National Preserve. The camp, complete with its own dredge, is located off the Yukon River near Slaven's Cabin. Historian Ross Coen will walk you back in history to relive the glory days of the gold rush history. Naturalists from the National Park Service will be on hand to supplement the instruction. In addition, students will have a chance to explore Slaven's Cabin and enjoy a boat field trip on the Yukon River.

The camp comes complete with bunkhouses, a central wash-house, and a dining hall where chef Jennifer Jolis will prepare hot meals.
Program fee:  $900 includes charter flights from Fairbanks to Coal Creek and back, food, instruction, and all activities within the program. 

Please note that all inquiries should be directed to UAF Summer Sessions (474-7021 or summer@alaska.edu).
To register go to UAF Summer Sessions Travel Store at
UAF Summer Sessions Travel Store
and click on "OLLI Adventure to Yukon-Charley Nat'l Preserve."


Lifelong Learning Book Club

Meets eight times a year on third Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Noel Wien Library Conference Room

Discussion leader: Georgine Olson

(Note: Book Club is on summer hiatus June through August)
Here is the 2017 reading list.

January 17, 2017: America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
(fiction, 2016, 624 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

February 21, 2017: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo
(non-fiction, 2012, 256 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

March 21, 2017: The Bone is Pointed by Arthur Upfield
(mystery, 1939, 288 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

April 18, 2017: Last Words by Michael Koryta
(thriller, 2015, 420 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

May 16, 2017: Booktalk & title selection for September 2017 - April 2018


Meetings times and locations TBA.

Get together with OLLI friends to play Chinese Mah-jong! Beginners are welcome; we are all beginners. Join the SIG to get email updates. Leader: Terry Roberts.

Olli-Olli Art Club

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, in UPark.

   A group to stimulate and practice your art -- painting, drawing, etc. -- while enjoying each others' company.
   For more information, contact Mary Martin. (The OLLI office can give you her email address.)


Meets Fridays 10:00 am - noon in UPark 154.

This group plays single- and double-deck pinochle. All levels of player from beginner to expert are welcome. Join the SIG to get email updates. Leader: Nori Bowman.

Rock Hounds

Meets the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm in Upark 154

Meet the second Friday of each month with a potluck at 6:30 pm in room #154 of the University Park building. We plan to have a field trip once a month during the summer. For more information contact Maria Polly: akmpolly(put "at" symbol here)hotmail.com.

When Poems Happen

Want to make poem-writing happen in your life? Join us as we read, write, and discuss each other's poetry! Join the SIG to get email updates. Leaders: Scott Sexton, Marion Avrilyn Jones.

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