OLLI=Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Sonoma State University

For those 50 years old or better

Fall 2021 online series!
PDFs of OLLI lectures will be posted here after each presentation
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Nicole's Future OLLI Courses through SSU

OLLI Fall 2021
Geology of the National Parks

6-week series on Wednesdays 3-5pm from September 15th - October 20th
This class will be presented online to ensure safety...no worries, OLLI & I are well versed in online teaching these days & strive to build connection and education in a virtual setting. Registration is open!

Our most beautiful landscapes have been preserved as National Parks, but what makes them unique is their geologic & climactic history. Geologists have investigated the processes that form these geologic wonders to help us understand the timeline of their formation over millions of years, the forces that have morphed them into their present expression, and the processes that will continue to change them in the future. We will explore Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion, The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Great Sand Dunes, Carslbad Caverns, Lassen Volcanic, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountains, and the Great Smokey Mountains, to name a few. Learn how these natural wonders came to be & how they will continue to change before our eyes. 

Geology of the National Parks

Prequel: Tuesday, August 11th
Geology of Alaskan National Parks & the Once Beringia Land Bridge
(if you missed it you can watch it  here...)

Week 1: Wednesday, September 15th

Week 2: Wednesday, September 22nd

Week 3: Wednesday, September 29th 

Week 4: Wednesday, October 6th

Week 5: Wednesday, October 13th

Week 6: Wednesday, October 20th

Past OLLI Course I have taught through at SSU

  • Fall 2017: The Dinosaur Revolution: Fossils Finds & Avian Genetics
  • Fall 2018: Catastrophism: How Natural Disasters Have Affected Earth and Human Evolution
  • Fall 2019: Geology of California
  • Spring 2020: Geology of the National Parks (sadly cancelled due to the pandemic but will be offered again Fall 2021!)
  • Spring 2021: Volcanic Cataclysms That Changed The World