LifelongLearningProgram

Lifelong Learning offers daytrips that are a lot of fun! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the all trips through the beginning of July were cancelled.

For more information or to register please call 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu

Gardens of Detroit

SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 30

Visit both historic and modern public gardens in Detroit! Both old and new are found on Belle Isle Park, home of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the oldest continually-running conservatory in the US. Also on Belle Isle, construction has begun on the new Oudolf Detroit Garden which is scheduled to open officially in the fall of 2020. This garden is one of the latest projects for the world-renowned gardener Piet Oudolf, designer of the public gardens at the High Line in New York and Chicago’s Lurie Garden.

Tour Detroit’s first certified arboretum located inside Elmwood Cemetery. Both Elmwood Cemetery and Belle Isle were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, best known for designing Central Park in New York City.

Newer gardens include an urban garden on the roof of GM’s Renaissance Center, featuring a magnificent view of the river from 10 stories up. Tour Earthworks Urban Garden, a non-profit, neighborhood urban garden dedicated to cultivating healthy foods, sustainable economies, and active cultural environments. This garden is affiliated with the Capuchin Monks of St. Bonaventure Monastery.

“Gardens of Detroit” includes lunch at a monastery with a dress code (click here for details).  Lunch will be a seven-course Russian tea in the tradition of the grand and elegant court of Imperial Russia served at the Royal Eagle Café. The Royal Eagle Café is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood on the grounds of an authentic, working Russian Orthodox monastery. The grounds consist of beautifully manicured flower gardens, fountains, ponds, and gazebos. Since this is a monastery, visitors must abide by a strict dress code which is posted on the Lifelong Learning website. Alternatively, please call the office for details.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns about 5:30 pm. Price is $112 for members, $132 for nonmembers.

Gardens of Detroit

Thursday, August 13

By popular demand, Lifelong Learning has added a second opportunity to appreciate Gardens of Detroit! The first trip scheduled for July 30 is sold out, so we have added a second trip, August 13, with the identical itinerary.

Visit both historic and modern public gardens in Detroit! Both old and new are found on Belle Isle Park, home of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the oldest continually-running conservatory in the US. Also on Belle Isle, construction has begun on the new Oudolf Detroit Garden which is scheduled to open officially in the fall of 2020. This garden is one of the latest projects for the world-renowned gardener Piet Oudolf, designer of the public gardens at the High Line in New York and Chicago’s Lurie Garden.

Tour Detroit’s first certified arboretum located inside Elmwood Cemetery. Both Elmwood Cemetery and Belle Isle were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, best known for designing Central Park in New York City.

Newer gardens include an urban garden on the roof of GM’s Renaissance Center, featuring a magnificent view of the river from 10 stories up. Tour Earthworks Urban Garden, a non-profit, neighborhood urban garden dedicated to cultivating healthy foods, sustainable economies, and active cultural environments. This garden is affiliated with the Capuchin Monks of St. Bonaventure Monastery.

“Gardens of Detroit” includes lunch at a monastery with a dress code (click here for details).  Lunch will be a seven-course Russian tea in the tradition of the grand and elegant court of Imperial Russia served at the Royal Eagle Café. The Royal Eagle Café is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood on the grounds of an authentic, working Russian Orthodox monastery. The grounds consist of beautifully manicured flower gardens, fountains, ponds, and gazebos. Since this is a monastery, visitors must abide by a strict dress code which is posted on the Lifelong Learning website. Alternatively, please call the office for details.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns about 5:30 pm. Price is $112 for members, $132 for nonmembers.

Lakeside

Thursday, September 10

‘Chautauqua’ began as a revolutionary cultural movement in the late 1800s, providing public lectures, religious programs and concerts during the summer months. Chautauqua was a social and cultural phenomenon that permeated rural North America until the mid-1920s. At its height, the Chautauqua Movement attracted millions to hear educators, preachers, explorers, scientists, politicians, singers and bands. Today only a handful of Chautauqua communities survive.

Lakeside was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement in North America, welcoming families to the Lake Erie shore for more than 140 years. A guide from the Lakeside Heritage Society will take us on a bus tour around the center of the beautiful Lakeside campus which includes 47 historic structures used for the summer Chautauqua program and glimpses of Lakeside’s “painted ladies,” some of the oldest family cottages on the grounds among the 900 Victorian cottages in the town. Learn about the origins of this American cultural movement, highlighting what has made Lakeside such a longstanding success. At Heritage Hall Museum learn more about the Lakeside Chautauqua experience and the long list of speakers and performers to have come over the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Ray Charles, and many more.

Lunch will be at the Hotel Lakeside, a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1875, the hotel has an unbeatable view of Lake Erie and “Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile,” a stretch of the southern Lake Erie shoreline prized for its flowers.

In the afternoon we will visit Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, and Johnson’s Island, a camp for prisoners of war during the American Civil War. Dr. Dave Bush, retired anthropology professor from Heidelberg University and archaeological director on the island for 30 years, will lead an informative tour of the cemetery and prison site. At the cemetery, you will hear from the diaries and letters of those buried in this northern prison. At the site area, Dr. Bush will share some of the exciting discoveries made over the many years of exploring the cultural material as well as the vast historical record of the 150,000 men incarcerated there.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns approximately 6:30 pm. Price is $99 for members, $119 for nonmembers.

Fall Foliage Cruise

SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 15

Cruise on the Grand River with us! Step back in time by stepping onto the Michigan Princess, a classic replica of a 19th century steam boat with graceful arched windows, beautiful wood trim, and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy the fall foliage as we float down the river with all the comforts of a 5-star establishment, including indoor and outdoor seating and climate control. A delicious hot buffet lunch will be served aboard ship followed by live entertainment.

Once back on land, walk through Michigan’s most important historic building: the State Capitol Building. Built in 1878, it was designed to impress with details ranging from the rotunda’s inlaid floor with 976 pieces of glass to door knobs and hinges featuring Michigan’s coat of arms. The Capitol contains nine acres of hand-painted decorative art making it one of the best examples of Victorian decorative painting in the entire country.

Finish the day with a driving tour of Michigan’s beautiful capital city of Lansing. Visit the striking campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Old Town Lansing where this region was first established, the Michigan Historical Museum, and the modern Impression 5 Science Center.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:00 am and returns about 7:00 pm. Price is $109 for members, $129 for nonmembers.

Note: If you have special dietary considerations (vegetarian, for example), you must notify Lifelong Learning when you register for a trip.