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Lifelong Learning

A SUNY Oswego experience for adults ages 50+

The Lifelong Learning program is an opportunity for older adults to engage in activities that will stimulate the brain, enhance the quality of life and promote overall health and wellness. Research has proven the positive emotional, mental and physical benefits of continued participation in learning.

Our mission is to challenge the mind, fulfill the spirit and engage the body of older adults in our community.  We are offering multiple sessions that include structured academic, artistic, health and social programs on our beautiful and welcoming campus.

Summer 2021 Lifelong Learning Program

August 2-5 and August 9-12

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Topics for this year

A Total Solar Eclipse Comes to Oswego, April 2024

In this course, participants will learn about lunar and solar eclipses and the differences between them, how and why they occur as what we can expect for the April 2024 total solar eclipse coming to Oswego in 2024.

Time: August 11th & 12th 9am-11am

Instructor: John Zielinski

John Zielinski has been a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Physics since 2012. He is one of three planetarium operators as well as one of the operators of the observatory telescope at the Rice Creek Field Station.

Registration fee: $15.00

Birding with Rice Creek

Bird watching is a wonderful way to observe wildlife and connect with nature regardless of whether one is in a city or a wild place. However, it can be challenging to know how to get started. In this course, we will start by covering evidence-based best practices for attracting and feeding birds, since backyard (or balcony) birding is a great way to closely observe and learn many common species. We will then broaden our scope to birding in other settings, discussing tips and techniques for identification, equipment recommendations, and birding etiquette. Participants will have the chance to practice identifying birds.

Time: August 2nd, 3rd, 8th & 9th 9am-11am

Instructor: Kristen Haynes

Kristen Haynes is a trained ecologist and the Assistant Director of SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station. She has instructed college courses in ecology, genetics, plant diversity, and animal behavior, and currently coordinates the public education programs at Rice Creek.

Registration fee: $15.00

Stargazing in August 2021

In this course, participants will learn how to locate and identify the specific summer constellations. Participants will also learn about how to identify other constellations and objects in the sky that can be observed during the summer months.

Time: August 4th & 5th 1pm-3pm

Instructor: John Zielinski

John Zielinski has been a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Physics since 2012. He is one of three planetarium operators as well as one of the operators of the observatory telescope at the Rice Creek Field Station.

Registration fee: $15.00

Program Schedule

 

  Monday 8/2 Tuesday 8/3 Wednesday 8/4 Thursday 8/5
AM Birding with Rice Creek
9:00am-11:00am
Birding with Rice Creek
9:00am-11:00am
   
PM     Stargazing in August 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Stargazing in August 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm

 

  Monday 8/9 Tuesday 8/10 Wednesday 8/11 Thursday 8/12
AM Birding with Rice Creek
9:00am-11:00am
Birding with Rice Creek
9:00am-11:00am
A Total Solar Eclipse Comes to Oswego, April 2024
9:00am-11:00am
A Total Solar Eclipse Comes to Oswego, April 2024
9:00am-11:00am
PM        

Payment & Registration

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We've done our best to cover all the information that you need to participate in this program. Please contact us at 315-312-2318 or [email protected] with any questions

Lifelong learning is important to us and our community

Seniors who have access to lifelong learning activities are many times happier, more productive, and healthier than those who do not. Studies have consistently proven that those seniors who regularly engage in Lifelong Learning activities (formal and informal) gain more than just a “brain boost”.

While Lifelong Learning programs certainly stimulate and increase cognitive abilities, continued learning also plays an important role in a senior’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. Seniors who participate in structured and ongoing educational pursuits are often more cognizant of practicing healthier lifestyles. Lifelong Learning programs can also combat isolation, loneliness, and depression often observed in aging seniors, satisfying the socialization aspect.

By implementing a Lifelong Learning Program we can satisfy many different aspects of the community. Healthy seniors will result in reduced healthcare costs, enhanced quality of life and a greater contribution to the community through civic participation such as volunteering. SUNY Oswego’s Lifelong Learning Program will extend beyond the boundaries of the local community, thus boosting the local economy.

Contact

 

SUNY Oswego
Office of Business & Community Relations

34 East Bridge Street
Oswego, NY 13126
315.312.2318
[email protected]  
Mon-Fri: 8 am - 4:00 pm

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