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2018 Field Trips

Field Trips are available to all members regardless of location. This year’s field trips are listed by departure location (Tuscaloosa, Gadsden and Birmingham). Domestic and International Trips are listed at the bottom of the page. For more detailed information on each of the trips, please view the course catalog

Departing from Tuscaloosa

Transportation for the trips will be by charter bus or vans and a restroom on the bus is not guaranteed. The type of transportation provided is at the sole discretion of the OLLI Program Director. For more trip details, email the trip facilitator or call the OLLI Office, (205) 348-6482. Tuscaloosa trips will depart from the Bryant Conference Center (BCC), 240 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa.

Bibb County Glades Preserve and Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park - Thursday, April 19

Trip Leader: Amelia Yessick (ameliaheath@hotmail.com) Tour Guides: Dwight Lammon and Linda Sherk

Cancellation Deadline:  Wed, April 4

Depart BCC:  8:00 a.m.; Return: 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $34 (includes transportation, park fees and box lunch)

Activity level:  Moderate/strenuous (2-hour hike)

Much Ado About Nothing (The Octagon Stage), Alabama Shakespeare Festival - Saturday, April 28

Trip Leaders: Isabel Oldshue (ioldshue@gmail.com) and Donna Boles (donnaboles@comcast.net)

Cancellation deadline:  Fri, March 30

Depart BCC: 9:00 a.m. - Return approximately 7:00 p.m.*

Fee:  $82 (includes transportation and ticket)

Activity Level: Easy (walking, flat; stairs)

Cahaba Lily Festival - Saturday, May 19

Trip Leader: Gloria Oglesby (bamaglo@comcast.net) and Mavis  Hughes (Barneybhughes@gmail.com)

Cancellation Deadline:  Fri, May 4

Depart BCC:  8:00 a.m.; Return:  by 4 p.m.

Fee: $50 (includes transportation and admission)

Activity Level:  Moderate (walking outdoors)

Petals from the Past Nursery and Alabama Emergency Management Center - Thursday, June 7

Trip Leader: Mavis Hughes (barneybhughes@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, May 23

Depart BCC: 7:30 a.m.; return 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $49 (includes transportation & box lunch)

Activity Level: Moderate (walking indoors, outdoors on uneven ground)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Friday, June 15

Trip Leader: Beth Seale (sealeb51@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, May 30

Depart BCC: 4:30 p.m.; return: 11:00 p.m.

Fee: $59 (includes transportation, ticket, Baron Bucks)

Activity Level: Easy

O’Connor Art Studios and Federal Building Murals - Thursday, June 21

Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: June 6

Depart 10:00 a.m. - Meet at O’Connor Art Studios, 316 University Blvd., Suite 300, Tuscaloosa;

Trip end: 12:30 p.m.

Fee: None

Activity Level: Moderate (walking on sidewalks, in buildings)

“Lunch and Learn” – Viking Cooking School and More, Greenwood, MS - Thursday, July 12

Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Judy Campbell (judytcampbell@yahoo.com)

Cancellation deadline: Monday, June 25

Depart BCC: 7:45 a.m.; Return 8:45 p.m.

Fee: $88 (includes transportation, event, lunch, museum admission)

Activity Level: Moderate (walking and standing)

Recycle Tuscaloosa: Ed Curry Environmental Services & UA Recycling Center - Thursday, July 26

Trip Leader: Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@gmail.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Wednesday, July 11

Depart BCC: 9:00 a.m.; Return: 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $24 (includes transportation)

Activity Level: Moderate (walking, standing on concrete, stairs)

Birmingham Museum of Art: Lecture, Lunch and Tour - Thursday, August 2

Trip Leaders: Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@gmail.com) and Meridith Wheatley (meridithwheatley@att.net)

Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, July 11

Depart BCC: 8:30 a.m.; return 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $43 (Includes transportation and ticket)

Activity Level: Easy (walking)

Depart from Greater Birmingham

All Greater Birmingham field trips depart from the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. Trip fee must be paid with registration. Cancellations must be made by contacting Registration Services, 205-348-3000 or 1-866-432-2015. Refunds will not be issued after the cancellation deadline. Substitutions are not allowed.

McWane Science Center Tour - Tuesday, April 24

Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com) & Martha Weber

Cancellation Deadline: Tues, April 10

Depart:  12:45 p.m. – Return:  5:45 p.m.

Fee: $6 (admission, unless you are already a McWane member). Transportation provided by Vestavia Hills. You will receive more information from the trip leader.

Activity Level:  Moderate; some standing

Barber Motorsports Museum - Thursday, July 19

Trip Leader: Beth White wytehaus1@msn.com

Cancellation Deadline: Tuesday, 7/10

Fee: $55 (includes transportation, lunch, admission) depart from Vestavia Hills Civic Center at 9:45 a.m.; return by 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $43 (includes lunch, admission – meet group at Barber Motorsports); please arrive at the museum by 10:15 a.m.; Program will end by 3:30 p.m. (6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Leeds, AL);

Activity Level: Moderate (extensive walking)

Birmingham Museum of Art: Lecture, Lunch and Tour - Thursday, August 2

Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Wednesday, July 11

Meet at 10 a.m. in museum main lobby (2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL)

Fee: $12 (Includes ticket)

Activity Level: Easy (walking)

Depart from Gadsden

These trips depart from UA Gadsden Center. Registration fee must be paid with registration. Cancellations must be made by contacting Registration Services, 205-348-3000 or 1-866-432- 2015. Refunds will not be issued after the cancellation deadline. Substitutions are not allowed.

Atlanta Aquarium - Friday, June 8

Tour Managers: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com) and Josh Ford

Cancellation deadline: May 25

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $55 (includes transportation and admission); Dutch-treat lunch

Activity Level: Easy (walking)

Plains, Ga. Friday - Sunday, June 22 - 24

Tour manager: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)

Cancellation deadline: June 11

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $250 dbl; $425 sgl (includes transportation, hotel); Dutch-treat meals

Activity Level: Easy (walking)

Mama Mia Dorothy Jemison Day Theater in Birmingham, AL - Saturday, July 14

Tour manager: Shirley du Pont

Cancellation deadline: June 6

Depart: 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $60 (includes transportation and ticket)

Activity level: Easy (walking)

Wild Animal Safari - Friday, July 27

Tour Manager: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)

Cancellation deadline: July 13

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $55 (includes transportation and admission); Dutch-treat lunch

Activity Level: Easy (walking)

Domestic and International Trips

Birding in Costa Rica - November 24 - December 2, 2018

Trip Leaders: Becky Embrey (Emb619@aol.com)