Courses

Discover the fascinating world of birds with over 200 species of exotic ducks, geese, swans, parrots, pheasants, cranes, flamingos and more! View Eastern North Carolina's native wildlife and wetlands from a new perspective atop the scenic Bird's Nest tree house. An educational program entitled "Bird Ecology and Biology" will be provided by our guide.



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Although an hour drive from Greenville to the Aurora Fossil Museum you will travel 28 million years back in time. George Powell is a local amateur paleontologist, and will be leading this trip. On this trip, you will see fossil remains of creatures that lived in Eastern North Carolina including: whales, walrus, seals, sharks, stingrays, and fish.



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Boasting the title of North Carolina's second oldest town, Edenton, established in the late 17th century, was the state's first colonial capital, and was at one time the state's second largest port. Stepping back into time, through guided tours of the Roanoke River Lighthouse, Chowan County Courthouse, and Iredell House, you will learn about the rich history of Edenton, such as how the Maritime Underground Railroad provided means of escape, and much more. Your trip will also consist of a guided trolley tour through downtown historic Edenton and lunch at a local restaurant.



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Hope Plantation, the home of former North Carolina Governor David Stone, and situated outside of Windsor, NC, offers insight into late 18th and 19th century life in eastern North Carolina. In addition to the mansion, the plantation consisted of buildings for blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, a saw mill, a kitchen dairy, a grist mill and a meat house. The King-Bazemore House, built in 1763, is now housed on the plantation grounds and is one of the few remaining examples of the mid-eighteenth century hall and parlor design. After lunch, the group will visit the Roanoke Cashie River Center and take a short boat ride down the river.



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The Lifelong Learning program is excited to once again host its bi-annual kickoff where attendees will have the chance to meet Lifelong Learning Instructors, Office of Continuing Studies Staff, partnering programs and many more. The catalog will be available for pickup, and attendees will have the opportunity to register for upcoming courses, special events and trips. Refreshments will be available. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.



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Join us for our Spring 2020 Special Event which will include fine BBQ and music from the group, Sassy Southern Sound!



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Opened in August 2019 as part of the $60 million dollar Southside renovation project to Dowdy-Ficklen stadium, Towne Bank Tower replaces the previous press box structure that was opened in 1977. This private tour for Lifelong Learning members will not only show you the new state of the art Towne Bank Tower, but the rest of the football complex as well. Transportation will be provided to the stadium.



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Situated in the heart of downtown Wilmington, the Bellamy Mansion is where we will begin our trip around Wilmington. This 10,000 square foot antebellum mansion and sprawling gardens will take you back into the mid-1800s as you learn about the Bellamy family and construction of the mansion. An hour long river cruise on the Cape Fear will show you the beautiful waterway scenery Wilmington has to offer. We will wrap up the day by visiting the Railroad Museum, which has hundreds of artifacts on display to teach us more about travel by rail and about Wilmington's important role as a headquarter town for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.



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