News Garrett Institute For Lifelong Learning Announces May Schedule Of Classes - Garrett College

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Campus News

April 23, 2019

Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning announces May schedule of classes

The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, recently announced the upcoming schedule of classes for the month of May, with the final session to take place on June 5th. GILL learning experiences are developed by the organization’s members based on group consensus. The topic sessions are coordinated by volunteers who select presenters for each topic.

Introduction to Birding

Wednesday, May 1st, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., Sang Run Kayak Launch Area

Join Connie Skipper, a seasoned birding enthusiast and retired park ranger, for a two-hour birding excursion. Walking shoes are highly recommended. Members will walk for a mile on an uphill slope (not both ways) for the birding excursion, while learning to identify a wide variety of species. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars, if available, and some water. The cost to attend is $12.

Practical Boating on Deep Creek Lake for Seniors Saturday, May 4th, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Bill’s Marine

This session will begin with a classroom portion for a review of the rules and regulations necessary for safe boating. Members are encouraged to bring any questions. The session will continue on a pontoon boat outing to practice some strategies for smooth operation, provided by Bill’s Marine. The presenter for the class is Bob Newman, instructor of the Maryland Safe Boating course at Garrett College. He has been boating on Deep Creek Lake since childhood, and worked for a local marina for more than 40 years.

The class is limited to 10 participants – early registration is encouraged. A rate date is scheduled for May 11th. The cost to attend this session is $12.

Savage River Lodge Yurt Tour and Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 8th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Savage River Lodge

Besides exploring a Yurt, members will have the opportunity to walk (or hike) on one of the many trails around the Savage River Lodge. Participants will explore a trail system that was built in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) around 15 years ago and were part of a military parcel that George Washington used.

Members may bring a packed lunch for a picnic outdoors, or enjoy lunch inside the Lodge restaurant (average cost of $15). Participants may meet at 10 a.m. in the Continuing Education parking lot to carpool from Garrett College. The cost to attend is $6.

Un-Hot Topics

Wednesday, May 15th, 12 noon – 2 p.m., UNO Deep Creek

Come enjoy lunch at UNOs while engaging in a lively discussion at the same time. This has been a favorite, repeat activity over the past five years among GILL members. Ann Stuck will be the presenter, as members will meet to discuss topics du jour, while avoiding politics and religion. Members are responsible for their own lunch.

High Country Creamery and Market

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2-3 p.m.

Visit a local, artisan ‘cow and cheese’ making facility, High Country Creamery and Market, located in Grantsville. Demonstrations will be given on how cheese is made, complete with a large viewing window to observe the cheese making process. Varieties include fresh mozzarella, creamy feta, cheese curds, and several cheddars blended with coffee, herbs, hot pepper, beer and wine.

There will be time to explore the market or arrive before the tour to have lunch at the Farmer’s Table Eatery. For lunch, it is recommended to call ahead and place your order.

Mystery Hike with Kevin Dodge

Wednesday, May 29th, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Treat yourself to a walk in the wild with Kevin Dodge, Garrett College’s director of wildlife and natural resources technology. Although the destination and focus are a mystery, this is sure to be an entertaining and enlightening outing. Dodge will assist members in identifying plants and flowers, while he communications with the local bird population overhead.

Mushroom Hike

Wednesday, June 5TH, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Deep Creek Lake State Park

Enjoy an easy hike while locating and identifying a variety of mushrooms in the area. Partiipants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, along with a collection basket and a small knife for gathering specimens. The hike will end at one of the pavilions so that members can learn the techniques for identifying different mushrooms.

Andrew Eiswert is the presenter for this session. Participants are to meet at the Discovery Center parking lot. The cost to attend this session is $12.

Registration is required for each session. If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Continuing Education Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available by contacting at or