Retirement Lifestyles: WWU offers classes for mature adults

Published on Thu, May 13, 2010
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Western Washington University is now offering two programs designed specifically for mature adults – Grandparents “U” and the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

“Grandparents U” is a two-day intergenerational summer program for grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 7 to 14, to share a hands-on learning experience on the WWU campus. Participants will spend quality time together while exploring one of seven exciting academic topics, from investigations in chemistry or earth science, to explorations in astronomy or geology, or creative topics in dance or photography.

WWU faculty will teach the “Grandparents U” classes, which take place July 15-16 and offers an optional overnight dorm stay. The program cost is $195 per adult and child pair, which includes instruction, activities and a Thursday night barbeque. “Grandparents U” is offered in partnership with WWU Extended Education and Summer Programs and the Western Alumni Association.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) offers a diverse array of short, college-level courses, cultural programming and other educational events and excursions for mature adults throughout the year.

ALL course instructors are recruited from a diverse pool of WWU faculty, faculty emeritus, and experts in various fields and professions. Two upcoming ALL courses are “History of Local Shellfish Industry and Taylor Shellfish Farms” on May 15 and “Exploring the Bush and Wildlife of Africa” on May 24.

Space is limited in both courses. For more information, visit or call 360/650-3308.