2017 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). For more detailed information on each of the trips, please view the 2017 Spring Catalog.

FEATURE: Discover Scotland Trip: May 7- 16, 2017

Discover Scotland

Highlights of the trip include: Bagpipe Lesson, Loch Lomond Cruise, Farm Visit, Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle, Loch Ness, Orkney Islands, Dunrobin Castle, Whisky Distillery, St. Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Cooking Experience

Download the brochure for more details and to book your trip!

FEATURE: OLLI at UA Space Camp: May 4-5, 2017

at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville
Registration deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

OLLI at UA Space Camp

Have you ever wanted to know what it really takes to be an astronaut?

Join us for an out-of-this-world adventure, memorable German feast, and a history lesson on the Rocket City through the space program. Registration is through OLLI at The University of Alabama Huntsville. 

Facilitator: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)
Registration deadline: Friday, April 14
Cancellation deadline: Tuesday, April 18
Fee: $335.50 double occupancy; $420.00 single occupancy
Fee includes transportation, Thursday box lunch, Biergarten Meal Package, Friday breakfast and lunch, and 1 night’s lodging at the Huntsville Marriott, located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Activity level: walking flat, extended standing, bending at hips and knees

Reserve your spot TODAY! 
For more information, full itinerary and registration, visit the OLLI at UAH website or call 256-824-6183.

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.

Elayne Goodman’s Studio—Columbus, MS: Friday, June 2

Facilitators: Ginnye Capps (BamaBelle1211@att.net) and Gloria Oglesby (bamaglo@comcast.net)
Cancellation deadline: Friday, May 19
Depart BCC 9:30 a.m.; Return 3 p.m.
Fee: $55 (includes transportation)
Activity Level: Moderate; walking on flat ground and extended standing

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Facility: Wednesday, June 7

Facilitator: Sheree Miller (Evergreens3@yahoo.com)
Cancellation deadline: Monday, May 22
Depart BCC 8 a.m.; Return 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $34 (includes transportation,  admission)
Activity Level: moderate, two-mile walking tour (wheelchairs allowed, but not canes, crutches, or walkers)

Oak Mountain State Park: Alabama Wildlife Center and Demonstration Farm: Friday, June 9

Facilitators: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, May 25
Depart BCC 8:30 a.m.; Return 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $59 (includes transportation, lunch, admission)
Activity level: moderate: walking indoors and on uneven ground

Cathedral Caverns State Park: Wednesday, June 14

Facilitator: Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com
Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, May 31
Depart BCC 8 a.m.; Return 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $68 (includes transportation, lunch, cave tour)
Activity level: moderate: extensive walking; cave is handicap accessible (golf cart provided)

Architectural Tour of UA’s Central Campus with Dr. Robert Mellown: Friday, June 23

Facilitators: Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@bellsouth.net) and Becky Embrey (emb619@aol.com)
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, June 8
Meet at Logan Room at the BCC 8:30 a.m.; Ends 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $34  (includes transportation, lunch)
Activity Level: Walking tour outside, stairs, extended standing, uneven ground

 Christenberry Planetarium (Samford University) and McWane Science Center: Thursday, July 13

Facilitator: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, June 29
Depart BCC 8:30 a.m.; Return 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $65 (includes transportation, entrance fees)
Activity level: moderate, extensive walking in the McWane Science Center

 Antiques and Ice Cream! (Prattville and Clanton): Thursday, July 20

Facilitators: Beth Seale (sealeb51@gmail.com) and Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, July 6
Depart BCC 8  a.m.; Return approximately 4 p.m.
Fee: $38 (includes transportation)
Activity level: moderate, extensive walking

 Total Eclipse of the Sun – Tennessee: Monday, August 21

Facilitators: Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com) and Gene Byrd (genebyrd@bellsouth.net)
Cancellation deadline: Monday, August 7
Depart BCC 6 a.m., estimated return 9 pm.
Fee: $50 (includes transportation, lunch, viewing glasses)
Activity level: Moderate walking on flat ground


Depart from Gadsden

The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center was created to educate present and future generations about the extraordinary sacrifices of those who went above and beyond the call of duty to preserve the cause of freedom. The Medal of Honor and Chattanooga have been intertwined since the Medal’s inception in 1862. The first six recipients of the Medal were from Andrew’s Raiders.

 Best of Atlanta Movie Tour: Friday, June 9

Tour Manager: Shirley du Pont
Cancellation deadline: Friday, May 26
Depart: 8 a.m.
Fee: $70 (includes transportation, admission)
Activity Level: Easy

Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theatre—Whitwell, TN: Friday, June 16

Tour Manager: Shirley du Pont
Cancellation deadline: Friday, June 2
Depart: 8 a.m.
Fee: $60 (includes transportation, lunch)
Activity Level: Easy

Sewanee, The University of the South— Sewanee, TN: Friday, June 30

Tour Manager: Shirley du Pont
Cancellation deadline: Friday, June 16
Depart: 8 a.m.
Fee: $25 (includes transportation)
Activity Level: Easy

Gypsy Play at Virginia Samford Theatre: Sunday, July 9

Tour Manager: Shirley du Pont
Cancellation deadline: Sunday, June 25
Depart: 1p.m.
Fee: $55 (transportation, admission)
Activity Level: Easy

Scopes Trial Festival—Dayton, TN: Saturday, July 15

Tour Manager: Shirley du Pont
Cancellation deadline: Saturday, July 1
Depart: 8 a.m.
Fee: $45 (transportation, admission)
Activity Level: Easy, moderate

Heading to Nashville Friday, July 28 – Saturday, July 29

Tour Manager: Shirley du Pont
Cancellation deadline: Friday, July 14
Depart: 8 a.m.
Fee: $275 double; $348 single
Activity Level: Moderate, some walking


Depart from Birmingham

All Greater Birmingham field trips depart from the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. Transportation is typically by a City of Vestavia Hills bus or van, with limited seating. Members pay in cash towards the cost of gas. Registration fee must be paid with registration. Cancellations may only be made by contacting Registration Services. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after the cancellation date. Substitutions are not allowed.

Mercedes-Benz Factory Tour – Vance, Alabama: Monday, July 31

Coordinator: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)
Cancellation deadline: Monday, July 17
Depart Vestavia Hills Civic Center 9:30 a.m.; Return by 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 (Admission); Dutch-treat lunch at The Iron Skillet plus bring $15 for driver/bus
Activity Level: Moderate; walking for 1.5 hours
Limit: 20 members

Birmingham Museum of Art: Thursday, August 3

Coordinator: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, July 20
Depart Vestavia Hills Civic Center 9:30 a.m.; Return by 4 p.m.
Fee: $10 (Lecture); Dutch-treat lunch, plus bring $1 for gas
Activity Level:  Moderate; walking, extended standing
Limit: 20 members