Sustainability-related courses are available through UofL's continuing education program.
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Exploring the Waterways of Metro Louisville (New!)
Earn an American Canoe Association (ACA) certification as you explore some of Jefferson County’s 790 miles of streams and rivers. Using the ACA curriculum, you’ll be introduced to canoeing safety, paddle strokes, and navigation skills. This new class features two lecture/discussion sessions and four canoe trips on these streams: Beargrass Creek, Harrods Creek, Salt River, and Floyds Fork. Three of the paddle trips will be in 15-person Voyageur canoes and the fourth, on Floyds Fork, will be in tandem canoes. This course also addresses our region’s water quality, showcasing people in the community who are working to restore our creeks, revitalize our sewer and flood infrastructure, reconnect communities to the Ohio River, and expand recreational opportunities along the waterfront.
Location: Community Boat House, Waterfront Park (sessions one and two) and four launching sites. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.
Instructor: Dr. David Wicks, certified instructor for the American Canoe Association, president of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, owner of Get Outdoors Kentucky, and retired director of the Jefferson County Public Schools’ Center for Environmental Education.
Natural Foods to Enhance Your Health
Nearly all fast foods, most packaged and bottled foods, and many consumed in restaurants are altered chemically and/or extremely high in salt, sugar and/or fat. Consuming foods in forms close to the ones in which they grew naturally is recommended for optimum health and nutrition. This class features simple, natural, quick and delicious ways to prepare fresh vegetables, casseroles, soups, dried beans and grains. During field trips to conventional and natural food stores, you'll practice label reading and learn to make wise food choices that will enhance your health.
Instructor: Joyce Gerrish, M.A., graduate of National Institute of Whole Health, teacher for Holistic Wellness
Organic Gardening (New!)
Growing your own organic food is not only healthy, but economical and fun! Whether you have lots of outdoor space or just a little, this class will teach you how to grow all types of vegetables and herbs using the space you have. You’ll also learn to incorporate colorful fruit trees and many small fruits into your landscape to make it both beautiful and productive.
Instructor: Shelly Nold, B.S., horticulture, owner and operator of The Plant Kingdom
Public Speaking for Advocates (New!)
Do you have a cause you’re passionate about? Would you like to be able to share your opinions about controversial issues such as politics or religion? The focus of this new course isn’t on public speaking, but rather sharing your opinions on topics you care about without coming off as aggressive, pushy or, most of all, crazy. You’ll also learn how to recognize and deal with a conversation that may be escalating in a negative manner.
Instructor: Rennay Cooke, longtime advocate for the arts, animal rights, and education, whose goal is to educate people about her causes and beliefs by opening, not necessarily changing, people’s minds
The Art of Thrift and Consignment Shopping (New!)
Do you long to wear designer clothing but can’t afford to? Do you wonder how everyone else is doing it? Learn how from a 25-year thrift shopper who will share her secrets for wearing the best for less. The class concludes with a field trip to some of Judi’s favorite stores.
Instructor: Judi Murray, self-proclaimed, seasoned thrift shopper who proudly boasts that 80% of her stylish wardrobe (and most of her home furnishings) comes from thrift and consignment stores
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