View the NCLL Facebook on the web at www.facebook.com/NCLL-Northern-Center-for-Lifelong-Learning-280194522182754/   or search for it in Facebook under the name, “NCLL Northern Center for Lifelong Learning”.  If you do have a FB account, “like” us so you get notices when new posts are added, and/or comment on the programs, what you learned, why you liked it and post your own photos.



What is the NCLL?


The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) is an organization that plans and offers informal educational programs and activities to enrich the daily lives of its members and others through mini-courses, regular programs, outdoor activities and social events.  More in About Us

When and how often are programs offered?

NCLL offers programs suggested by NCLL participants and community members who share their interest and desire to learn and stay active with others. More than twenty classes or events are offered each term in the day or evening - summer/fall, winter, and spring. If you have an interest, hobby, activity or experience you would like to share please contact the NCLL office, director or attend an NCLL Curriculum Committee Meeting! For more information on booklets and registration, see the Programs/Events page.


Who is eligible to join or attend programs?

Membership and programs are open to anyone interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. NCLL membership dues for the 2016-2017 year are $30 with a charge for most classes; $3 for members and $8 for non-members.   More information


What are NCLL interest groups?

Initiated and managed by NCLL members, interest groups function independently of NCLL, but we want to encourage folks to get together around particular activities they enjoy.  On-going interest groups include Astronomy, Bridge, Lunch Out Together, and Walking/XC-Skiing. Learn more


NCLL Memberships Makes Great Gifts!

Are looking for a unique, and useful gift, yet one that is personal and will be enjoyed again and again?

For just $30 you can purchase a gift membership for friends and loved ones. NCLL offers 80-90 programs each year that cover the arts, history, culture, tours, field trips, science, nature, hiking, snowshoeing, potlucks, health issues and MORE. Send check and recipient name and contact information to the NCLL Office and an email greeting and registration information will be forwarded to the recipient. Hard copies of the Program Booklet with the registration form and calendar are also available upon request.

Give the gift of learning!


A Sampling of NCLL Programming

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Who knew such a gem existed in our area? Who knew over 4000 gliders were built in Kingsford for WWII? Who knew the largest steam-driven pumping engine ever built was in Iron Mt.? Who knew there was a U.P Veteran’s Memorial representing all 15 counties of the U.P. as well as recognizing the eras of Vietnam, Lebanon-Granada, the Gulf Wars, Korea and WW I & WW II.  On Sept 11th, we rode a bus to Iron Mountain to visit three museums and the UP Veterans Memorial. Check out our photos and commentary on our Facebook page


The Menominee Range Historical Foundation consists of three  museums and gift shop:  The Menominee Range Historical Museum, Cornish Pumping Engine & Mining Museum, and the World War II Glider & Military Museum

The Menominee Range Historical Museum features over 100 exhibits depicting local history from Native American inhabitants through the early 20th century with chronological displays and re-created period rooms.  

During World War II, the Kingsford Ford Motor plant built more Model CG-4A gliders for the United  States Army than any other company in the nation at much less cost than  other manufacturers.  The glider featured in the WWII Glider/Military Museum is one of only seven fully restored CG-4A World War II gliders in the world. 

The Cornish Pumping Engine & Mining Museum displays the largest steam-driven pumping engine ever built in the U.S. and is a Michigan Historic Site (1958), a National Historic Site (1981), a Michigan Historic  Civil Engineering Landmark (1984) and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering  Landmark (1987). The museum also displays extensive underground mining equipment. 




While giving a tour of facilities to NCLL on March 22nd, Mike Kaurala, the OTS director, and two coaches Vance Newgard (weight-lifting) and Rob Hermann (wrestling) described the OTS background, current affairs and future options. The Mining Journal published an article, "Seniors Go Olympian" written by Christi Bleck.

Contact Us
Board of Directors
Office Hours: Tues and Fri 9-1




Sept 2017


117: Curriculum Committee Winter 2017-18 Events
Sep-13 10-Noon
NMU Cohodas 404A


October 2017


120-1: Woodworker Rally I
Section I: September 11 – October 16
NMU Jacobetti Center, Room 137


124: Cookin’ at the Co-op: Great Greens
Wednesday, Sept 20  2-4 pm
Marquette Food Co-op, 502 W. Washington

107: More Than Beginning Photography
Weds.  Sept. 27, Oct. 25   11 am-1 pm
NMU Cohodas Room 404A

126: Learning Bridge Basics
Thursday, Sept 28 10 am-Noon
Superiorland Bridge, Westwood Mall

127: Is a Recreational Vehicle for You?

Wednesday, Oct 4 11 am-12:30 pm
Hilltop RV, 600 US 41, West Ishpeming

128: U.P. Health Plan –
Presentation & Tour

Friday, October 6 1-3 pm (no charge)
853 W. Washington

129: Keweenaw Peninsula Fall Color Tour
Tuesday, October 10 7:30 am-10 pm
Contact Marquette Country Tours at 226-6167

109:  Tour the New Marquette Energy Center
Tuesday, October 17, 1-2:30 pm
Marquette Energy Center,
Wright Street

132: MAPS Markerspace – a place for people to explore,  invent, collaborate, tinker, play, create & experiment!
Thursday, October 19    3-5 pm
Marquette Senior High School, Room 257

120-2: Woodworker Rally II
NMU Jacobetti Center, Room 137
Section II: October 23 – December 4

133: Spice Merchants “Foodie” Demo/Class
Tuesday, October 24    1-3:30 pm
Marquette Senior Center, Room A (Kitchen)

134: The Land Down Under: Its Animals & Culture
Wednesday, October 25    7-9 pm
Superior Dome, Room 101B

135: Demonstration of Dance & Movement for those with Parkinson’s
Tuesday, October 31    12:30-3 pm
Dance Zone, 1113 Lincoln





Closed Programs


118: Downsizing Your Home

123: Climate and Public Health (Canceled)

#125: Hiking Tour – Echo Lake

130: Climate: Through a Glass Brilliantly (Canceled)

131: Fall Hike on the Vielmetti-Peters Reserve (Closed)