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Learning in Retirement classes keep retirees active, engaged

Jan. 5, 2016

Many retirees move to the Northwoods or stay here after their working years to enjoy the comfortable pace of life and the numerous scenic lakes, rivers and forests.

While that’s a great way to enjoy retirement, says Brenda Peltier of Nicolet College, there comes a point for many where they want more than the natural beauty of the region to lead a fulfilling retirement.

LIR“Staying engaged and continually learning new things is a big part of having an enjoyable retirement for people who value life-long learning,” said Peltier, the plus-50 community sector liaison at Nicolet. “They want to feel connected, continue to grow, and stay challenged throughout their lives.”

Enter Nicolet’s Learning in Retirement (LIR) program.

For nearly 20 years hundreds upon hundreds of retirees from throughout the Northwoods have sought out the intellectual stimulation, social connectedness, and physical activity available through the LIR.

At its core are dozens of different presentations – many put on by LIR members – that cover an amazingly broad range of topics that can appeal to virtually any interest, Peltier explained.

The upcoming Spring Session, which runs January through May, will feature 39 different presentations and activities that include one woman’s experience in a Russian concentration camp as a child, the latest in loon research, home composting basics, everything you wanted to know about pow wows, biology and human behavior, and the birth of the modern mind.

Travelogues will include a voyage by sailboat from Newfoundland to Bayfield, a tandem bicycle ride from Oregon to Maine, and a tour of South Wales.

Local tours will include a visit to the Harley-Davidson plant in Tomahawk, Hometown Trolley and the Northern Lakes Water Lab, both in Crandon, and the Logging Museum and Community Blood Center in Rhinelander.

Easy-paced outdoor adventures will have members going on a Valentine sleigh ride, snowshoeing in Tomahawk’s Bradley Park, and, once the weather warms, riding the paved bike trails near Manitowish Waters.

Click here for a complete listing of events.

Annual membership is $40 and open to anyone who is retired or semi-retired.

For more information about the LIR or to receive a printed schedule, contact the Nicolet College Learning in Retirement Office at (715) 365-4491 or 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4491: TDD 711 or 1-800-947-3529.

In the photo above, Brenda Peltier, left, and Vicki Severson of Nicolet College prepare membership packets for the upcoming Learning in Retirement Spring Session. Peltier is the plus-50 community sector liaison and Severson the administrative assistant to the executive director at the college.