Welcome to OLLI at UVM!

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UVM is a community of adult learners who enjoy year-round programs and events that are diverse, interesting, fun, and affordable. Becoming a member of OLLI at UVM gives you a significant discount on courses, access to members-only seminars with engaging speakers, and exclusive benefits. OLLI at UVM is a self-sustaining organization supported by membership and course fees and a volunteer advisory board. Should you have any questions please contact Customer Relations at 802-656-5817 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you.

OLLI at UVM joins 125 colleges and universities in the United States that provide life-long learning opportunities to 50+ adults. Go to the Osher Foundation website for more information.

Current OLLI Campus Program Listing (subject to change)

OLLI online programs will be offered over ZOOM via web browser unless otherwise noted (internet connection required). Instructions on how to join your class will be provided one week prior to start of class. Live auto-captioning available. All ZOOM links are included in your class confirmation email and will also be sent to your email on the morning of your class start date.

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 50% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices. It’s easy to become a member/renew your membership each semester! Simply register for your OLLI semester membership when you sign up for classes each semester! You can register yourself online once per semester. Any additional classes you want to add/register for, you will need to contact our office for assistance – please call 802-656-5817.

Should you have any questions please contact Customer Relations at 802-656-5817 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you.

OLLI at UVM Course Terms and Conditions
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PLEASE NOTE: Registration closes one day before the start date.

Helpful ZOOM Guidelines. (PDF, opens in a new window)

Health/Safety Guidelines:

UVM sponsored non-credit functions/activities/offerings, whether held at UVM or at a non-UVM facility or location, are governed by the same health and safety policies. As such, UVM expects event participants, visitors and guests will be vaccinated. Masks are required to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. If you are outdoors, you are invited to mask up if you are in close proximity to others or in a large group. If this event is taking place at a non-UVM venue, consideration must be given to the requirements of the host site and the more stringent requirements will apply. UVM’s current face covering guidance can be found here.

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Summer Classes

Summer Registration is open!
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Summer brochure

Reimagining Forests👥

with Ethan Tapper
Meeting Dates: Thursday, June 2, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Member: FREE Non-Member: FREE

Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester for the Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation to learn how forests work, what healthy forests look like (it may surprise you) and how they can be managed for a variety of benefits. Provide own transportation to Catamount Outdoor Family Center, 592 Governor Chittenden Road, Williston.



Historic Walking Tour of UVM 👥

with William Averyt
Meeting Dates: Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30

Discover UVM’s history from the late 18th century up to the present, and learn about Ira Allen, Lafayette, and John Dewey. Examine important architectural landmarks such as Old Mill and the Billings Library. The tour will be given rain or shine. Meet at the Ira Allen statue on the UVM Green.



Beginning Yoga, Session 1 💻

with Amanda McIntire
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 8-29, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course. Required equipment: Yoga or exercise mat.



A Visit with Birds of Woods, River and Lake 👥 This class is full. Register to be added to the waitlist.

with Maeve Kim
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 9, 8:30-10:30 am
Member: $20 Non-Member: $35

Enjoy this leisurely walk near Shelburne Bay and the mouth of the LaPlatte River on either the Ti-Haul Trail (a wide flat cinder path) or nearby Shelburne Recreation Path (wide dirt path with a few gentle hills). Both are often full of birds! Provide own transportation to Shelburne Bay Fishing Access on Bay Road, Shelburne.



The Art of Breathing 💻

with Katherine Robinson
Meeting Dates: Mondays, June 13-27, 2-3:30 pm
Member: $45 Non-Member: $70

There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: we take in air and let it out about 25,000 times a day. If breathing is such an important part of our health and wellbeing, how come many of us never stop and think about it? Learn why the breath is so important and how most of the population is breathing improperly, sometimes leading to negative side effects. Explore how to breathe to increase your health, decrease anxiety and prevent the onset of an illness. Examine the ancient art of breathing and how to use techniques to enhance your daily life.



The German Virtuosa: The Life and Times of Clara Schumann 💻

with Anette Isaacs
Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 14, 10:30-11:30 am
Member: $10 Non-Member: $20

Join German Historian, Anette Isaacs, for an intimate look at the life of Clara Virtuosa! Not only was she a divine pianist, talented composer and successful teacher, she was also a mother of 8 and the main breadwinner for her family. In the very male dominated 19th century, Clara Schumann did it all while juggling a 61-year concert career that made her internationally famous.



Living History – The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm 👥

with Margaret Smithson
Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 15, 12-1:30 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30

The UVM Morgan Horse Farm is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Morgan Horse through breeding and selection. This working farm of Morgan horses, the Vermont State Animal, is designated as a site on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm is home to significant Morgan history and a variety of educational programs for students and visitors, who come to Weybridge from all over the globe. Provide own transportation to UVM Morgan Horse Farm, 74 Battell Dr, Weybridge, VT.



Walking Tour: Mill Power Sites at Winooski Falls 👥 This class is full. Register to be added to the waitlist.

with Miriam Block
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 16, 11 am- noon
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30

Learn about Winooski’s industrial past through a guided walking tour along the river front. Points of interest will include water power features, mill architecture, and other remnants from Winooski’s mill manufacturing days. We’ll also take a look at the modern Winooski One Hydro Plant and fish elevator. This walking tour follows paved walkways and a rough gravel path. Good walking shoes recommended. Provide own transportation to the main entrance of the Winooski Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way.



Celebrate Summer with Homemade Ice Cream! 💻

with Patsy Jamieson
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 16, 5-6:30 pm
Member: $20 Non-Member: $35

Learn to make a selection of ice cream mixes, including a classic French custard-based ice cream, a simple no-cook Philadelphia-style ice cream, and a no-churn ice cream (no ice cream maker required)! Recipes for a light ice cream, a dairy-free version and an almost-instant frozen yogurt will also be included. Explore different types of ice-cream makers, tips for the smoothest ice cream, and discuss different types of frozen desserts.



Salt & Bubbles Wine Tasting: The Wines of Italy 👥

with Kayla Silver
Meeting Date: Sunday, June 19, 5-7 pm
Member: $55 Non-Member: $80

Raise a glass to summer! Gather at Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar and Market in Essex to learn about and enjoy this tasting of 4 Italian wines. Finish with a light snack. Provide own transportation to Salt &Bubbles, 19 Essex Way Suite 412, Essex Junction.



Burlington’s Little Jerusalem & the Lost Mural, an International Treasure 👥 This class is full. Register to be added to the waitlist.

with Aaron Goldberg & Jeff Potash
Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 22, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30

Explore Burlington’s Jewish Lithuanian immigrant history and the Lost Mural, a unique example of the lost genre of painted wooden synagogue wall murals. Utilizing maps, murals, photos and surveys, participants will journey with us to understand how a village and its culture was transplanted from Lithuania and sustained in Burlington, Vermont. Provide own transportation to the Lost Mural, located within the public lobby at at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington.



Slow Birding Outing with the Bird Diva 👥 This class is full. Register to be added to the waitlist.

with Bridget Butler
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 23, 10:30 am – 1 pm
Member: $30 Non-Member: $50

Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for an accessible, inclusive, Slow Birding outing on the beautiful Barnes Camp Loop Trail (or other accessible site). Slow Birding is a mindful approach to birding that is focused on re-awakening & fine-tuning your innate birding skills while at the same time creating a deeper connection to yourself and the land. Provide own transportation to the Barnes Camp Visitor Center in Stowe. Visit the Barnes Camp Visitor Center website for directions and more information.



Poetry Reading: Fetch, Muse 💻

with Rebecca Starks
Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 28, 4-5 pm
Member: $10 Non-Member: $20

Join long-time OLLI instructor and professional author, Rebecca Starks, as she reads from her recent collection of poems, Fetch, Muse. She will discuss the book in dialogue with a colleague and answer questions from participants. You are welcome to read the book beforehand but it is not required.



Shelburne Museum Tour – Nancy Winship Milliken: Varied and Alive 👥

with Carolyn Bauer
Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $20 Non-Member: $35

Explore this site-specific outdoor sculpture exhibition that embodies the Museum’s commitment to stewardship and sustainability while also engaging in global and local ecological conversations from climate change to Lake Champlain’s watershed history. Activated by the wind and sun, each sculpture uniquely moves, changes, and adapts to the environment, inspiring conversations and community surrounding our roles and relationships to nature. Provide own transportation to the Shelburne Museum, 600 Shelburne Road, Shelburne.



Pollinator Garden Walk About 👥 This class is full. Register to be added to the waitlist.

with Sarah Salatino
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 30, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $10 Non-Member: $20

Join us on this “walk about” of pollinator plants and gardens at Full Circle Gardens. Observe and identify different types of pollinator plants and their respective pollinators. Learn how to identify the traits of these plants and how to choose the correct plants for their gardens. Provide own transportation to Full Circle Gardens, 68 Brigham Hill Rd, Essex Junction.



Beginning Yoga, Session 2 💻

with Amanda McIntire
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, July 6-27, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course. Required equipment: Yoga or exercise mat.



Downtown Winooski Walking Tour 👥

with Britta Tonn
Meeting Date: Friday, July 8, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30

Explore Winooski’s downtown and historic mill district with local architectural historian Britta Tonn. Attendees will learn about the history and architecture of the Champlain and Woolen Mills, as well as the evolution of Winooski’s commercial downtown and nearby residential neighborhoods from the late 18th century through the present day. Provide own transportation to and meet at the picnic benches in front of the Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski.



Tour of UVM’s Horticulture Center 👥 This class is full. Register to be added to the waitlist.

with Rachel Stievater
Meeting Date: Thursday, July 14, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30

UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center (HREC) located in South Burlington is the home of: the Catamount Educational Farm (which cultivates vegetables, apples, grapes, herbs, and flowers); many research projects managed by UVM professors and extension agents; various educational opportunities, including the Farmer Training Program, a 6-month certificate program; and more! Come learn about this urban oasis and go home with a bouquet of pick-your-own flowers from our fields. Provide own transportation to HREC, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington.



Plant Medicine Tour 👥

with Katherine Elmer
Meeting Date: Saturday, July 30, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30

Join community herbalist and UVM faculty member, Katherine Elmer, for a tour of medicinal plants in the gardens and green spaces of the UVM campus. Includes an introduction to plant identification field skills and culinary/plant medicine making tips. Meet and provide own transportation to the main entrance of Jeffords Hall, UVM campus, 63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington.