Important Announcement


Due to personnel change, until further notice you must register for a program with a liaison. The office will be staffed irregularly and registrations mailed, emailed or phoned in may not get processed.  When a new office manager is hired we can resume registration in the office.



NCLL Testimonial ...
"They [NCLL] offer such a wonderful variety of events, & at such a great variety of times, I can usually pick many events that I can attend out of every offering. I have never been disappointed, & the people are very welcoming."

Bruce Greenwood, NCLL member





What is the NCLL?

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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 any adult 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 $6 for non-members.   More information


What are NCLL interest groups?

Initiated and managed by NCLL members, interest groups function independently of NCLL. We encourage folks to get together around particular activities they enjoy.  Current on-going interest groups include Relaxed Bridge and Lunch Out Together. 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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May 2019 - 

Dr. Mary Martin of the NMU Biology Department gave a beginning field course on lichens held at Wetmore Landing. The Mining Journal article is a good record. 

Likin’ lichens - Wetmore Landing good place for finding unique organisms


February 2019

Did you miss Sonny Longtine's NCLL presentation, "U.P. People: Incredible Stories about Incredible People"? It was reported in a Mining Journal article "Local author shares tales of U.P. people who made their mark".  Sonny’s latest book covers 42 people from across the UP from the 1850’s to present time. Sonny said, “They are entrepreneurs and inventors, and have made a significant impact on the UP.” He also included some people who were just too interesting to ignore. 


December - NMU Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program

On December 13th, Dr. Mark Paulsen, Department Head of NMU Chemistry described the new chemistry program dedicated to entrepreneurial and research-based careers in medicinal plants. A tour of the labs was also conducted by Dr. Paulsen and Dr. Lee Roecker.  The Mining Journal article, "Chemistry Meets Biology" provides an excellent summary. 

October - Green Burial

The October 19th Mining Journal has a very good summary of NCLL's program "Green Burial: What is it and why should I be interested?".  'Green' burial - Eco-friendly option explored. 

August - Lessons on Immigration Prejudice

On August 17, 2018, Dr. Gabe Logan, the director of the Center for U.P. Studies and professor of History at NMU taught NCLL participants a few lessons on immigration prejudice. Through a presentation and examination of historical immigration cartoons, legal reviews questioning whether Finns were subject to the Anti-Chinese Immigration Act and articles written by Ben Franklin railing against Germans in Pennsylvania, Dr. Logan gave a perspective from the past.  Small groups of participants identified current anti-immigration rhetoric and made comparisons to history.  The Mining Journal wrote an extensive review of the class, "Immigration prejudice: Program focuses on issue, past and current" and is worth the read to see how prejudice is mostly recycled .... we just change the ethnic groups.  Have we made progress? 





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On going through the term


More than Beginning Photography
Generally 3rd Wednesday, 
Cohodas Hall, Room 404A


Woodworker Rally
Mondays during most of NMU academic semesters
NMU Jacobetti Center, Room 137


#109: More than Beginning Photography
Wednesdays, Aug. 28; Sept. 25; Oct. 30   11am-1pm
NMU Cohodas Hall, Room 404A
Liaison: Phyllis James, 225-1004, hoosieryooper80@gmail.com

#118: The History, Current Challenges, and Future of Iron Ore Mining
Monday, August 26   1-3pm
Hope Methodist Connection Center (927 W Fair Ave.)
Liaison: Jim Matteson, 228-4165, jmatteson906@yahoo.com 

#119: Curriculum Committee Winter 2019-20
Tuesdays, Aug. 20; Aug. 27; Sept. 3   10am-noon
NMU Cohodas Hall, Room 404A
Liaison: Caroline Jordan, 228-9953, asheanna4@yahoo.com 
** dates have changed **



#120: Woodworking Rally I
Mondays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14   8am-noon
Jacobetti Center, Room 137
Liaison: Jan Hruska, 225-1871, janiwannie@aol.com 

#121: Chair Yoga--5 Sessions
Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8   11am-12:15pm
Essentials Massage & Yoga Studio (708 Chippewa Square, Suite #10)
Liaison: Marie Watanen, 226-3186, watanenm@chartermi.net 

#122: Roaming Malaysia by Train, Bus, and Boat
Wednesday, September 11   7-9pm
Superior Dome, Room B101
Liaison: Sally Olsen, 226-8347, solsen@nmu.edu 

#123: 'Tips'--Simple Interior Decorating
Thursday, September 12   1-3pm
Interiors by Design (5099 US-41; corner of M28 and US-41)
Liaison: Paula McCormick, 228-5489, puree_cat@hotmail.com 

#124: NCLL Fall Kick-Off and Woodworking Exhibit
Friday, September 13   2-4pm
Marquette Arts & Culture Center (PWPL lower level)
Liaison: Sandi Poindexter, 361-1820, spoindex@nmu.edu 

#125: Then and Now in 3D
Tuesday, September 17   7-9pm
Superior Dome, Room B101
Liaison: Sandi Poindexter, 361-1820, spoindex@nmu.edu 

#126: Rugby 101
Wednesday, September 18   4-5:30pm
NMU Practice Field
Liaison: Phyllis James, 225-1004, hoosieryooper80@gmail.com 

#127: Medicare 101
Thursday, September 19   1:30-3pm
NMU Cohodas Hall, Room 404A
Liaison: Kelsey Braden, 371-0527, kelsey.braden@efgrp.net 

#128: 'Water to Fish... Wine to Food'
Thursday, September 26   9am-8pm
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (board motor coach at 9am in NE Econo parking lot)
Liaison: Paula McCormick, 228-5489, puree_cat@hotmail.com 

#129: Architecture of Central Europe
Monday, September 30   3-4:30pm
PWPL Heritage Room
Liaison: Beverly Braden, 475-4252, bbraden@consultant.com 



#130: Football 101
Wednesday, October 2   3-5pm
NMU Dome or practice field
Liaison: Phyllis James, 225-1004, hoosieryooper80@gmail.com 

#131: Beginning Knitting 101
Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17 & 24   6:30-8:30pm
Marquette Arts & Culture Center (PWPL lower level)
Liaison: Phyllis James, 225-1004, hoosieryooper80@gmail.com 

#133: Nautical Knot Tying (Marlinspike)
Wednesday, October 16   7-9pm
Superior Dome, Room B101
Liaison: Gail Frinkle, 734-646-4443, gailleigh.gf@gmail.com 

#134: Woodworking Rally II
Mondays, Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18, & 25   8am-noon
Jacobetti Center, Room 137
Liaison: Jan Hruska, 225-1871, janiwannie@aol.com 

#136: AARP Smart-Driver Course
Wednesday, October 23 and Friday, October 25
10am-noon, lunch break (on your own), 1-3pm
NMU Cohodas Hall, Room 404A
Liaison: Sandi Poindexter, 361-1820, spoindex@nmu.edu 

#137: Yooper Wildlife Watch--An Integrative Citizen Scientist Program
Monday, October 28   7-9pm
Hope Connection Center  927 W. Fair 
Liaison: Sandi Poindexter, 361-1820, spoindex@nmu.edu





 #117: Celebrate 100 Years of MI State Parks 

#132: Local Color Tour
#135: The 51st State?