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Identifying, Treating and Reporting Invasive Terrestrial Plants

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Course Title:  Identifying, Treating and Reporting Invasive Terrestrial Plants

Course # 18S02

Dates:  June 6 and June 7, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Mercer Public Library, 2648 Margaret St, Mercer, WI 54547(if more than 12 students register, then a new venue will be required)

Fee: There is no fee for this class, but students must register as space is limited.

Objectives:  Students will learn about the negative impacts of invasive plants and about the organizations in the county and state that treat and monitor invasive species.  Students will learn about the most damaging invasive terrestrial species in the region, how to identify them, treat them, and report them.  During the second day, the group will visit known sites of invasive species in Iron County, learn about treatment techniques, and help remove invasive plants in the field. Continue reading

Lake Ecology

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Course Title: Lake Ecology

Course # 18S03

Dates and time: Tuesday and Thursday, July 10 & 12, 10:00 AM to 3:00PM,   

Location: Oma Town Hall – 4514 W Town Hall Rd. Oma, WI (16 miles north of Mercer on the corner of Hwy 51 and Town Hall Rd.)

Fee: $35 with $5 discount for early bird registration before June 26th (includes 2 lunches)

This course consists of 4 segments, each 2 hours and lead by a lakes expert. A catered lunch, included in the fee, will be served between morning and afternoon sessions both days.

 

Session I, Waters of Wisconsin, Tuesday July 10, 10AM to 12PM. Instructor Susan Knight  – Associate Scientist and Interim Director – UW Madison, Center for Limnology – Trout Lake Station –

Course description:   Waters of Wisconsin – Lakes, streams, wetlands, and ground water are dynamic features of Wisconsin’s landscapes. These waters are vital to our health, livelihoods and enjoyment. In this session, we will discuss the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of these water resources and how they interact.  We will consider how lakes differ as well as the importance of lake issues including food webs, eutrophication, invasive species, and damage to shorelands. We will address problems unique to streams as well as local groundwater issues. Finally, we will examine the importance and vulnerabilities of wetlands. We will discuss how these different types of waters interact and contribute to the aquatic landscape in Wisconsin. Continue reading

Birding Skills Workshop

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Course Title : Birding Skills Workshop

Course # 18W09

 Dates : May 21, 22, 23, 2018

 Time : 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 Location : Mercer, WI Library, 2648 Margaret St.; meet in the conference room

Fee: $45, Early Bird (no pun intended) discount $40 with payment by May 7

Class Size Limit:   Class is full no more enrollments will be taken.

 Objectives: Mid-to-late May marks the return of nearly all of our neotropical songbirds from their wintering grounds in Central and South America. They come back in full voice and brilliant color ready to establish new territories and successfully breed. In this 3-day class, we’ll take our time to learn how to identify birds by sight, by ear, by habitat, and by behaviors. This class is for beginning birders to moderately experienced birders, so if you’re new to birding, you should fit in fine.

Course structure: We’ll be in the field every morning slowly hiking sites that will give us the best chance of finding a good diversity of birds and to give everyone the necessary time to get comfortable with their ID skills. We’ll also have a bird-banding demonstration by master bird-bander Bruce Bacon. Continue reading

BEGINNER GOLF LESSONS

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Course Title:  Beginner Golf Lessons

Course #18S01

Dates:  Wednesdays, May 23, 30 & June 6, 13

Time:  5pm to 7pm

Location:  Gogebic Country Club, 200 Country Club Rd, Ironwood, MI  49938

Course Fee: $30 plus $20 for club fees (4 sessions). Early Bird discount $25 plus $20 club fees remit $45 by May 9th

Class Size Limit: 20 Students

Objectives:  The lessons will cover all basics of the golf game from stance, grip and swing to chipping, putting, rules and playing the course.  Clubs and golf balls will be provided. Continue reading

A Brief History of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

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Course Title: A Brief History of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

Course#18W01

Dates:   Wed. Nov. 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, & Dec 20

Time: 4:00PM to 6:00PM

Fees: $30 Discount Fee-$25 if received by Nov. 15th

Location: Hurley K-12 School

 

Fe University is now accepting registrations for the class titled A Brief History of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.  The class taught by Hurley High School history teacher, Christopher Kelly, will be held for four Wednesdays November 29th, Dec. 6, 13, 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Hurley K-12 School.

This class will focus on the U.S. Civil Rights movement from the 1890’s through the 1960’s.  Particular attention will be paid to major events of the 1950’s and 60’s including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Children’s March and the Mississippi Burning case.  The course is intended to highlight major areas of interest.

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Reading Russia’s Past

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Course Title: Reading Russia’s Past

Course#18W02

This class is full and we will only be accepting registration for a future class.  If you are interested please complete a registration form and send it to us without the fee.

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30,  2018

Time: 9:30-12:00 Noon

Location: Mercer Public Library, 2648W Margaret St.

Fee: $35 with $5 discount if registration is received by Dec. 26th.

Through an examination of select historical moments, this course will identify and assess some of the main themes of Russia’s history.  These themes will include: the impact of geography; the diversity of population; an authoritarian political tradition; an hierarchical social order; challenges to economic development; and a long-established cultural tradition that centers on tension between Russia and western Europe.  Along the way we will encounter such figures as Vladimir the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas II, Lenin, Stalin, and Vladimir Putin; and we will look at such watershed events as the Christianization of the country, expansion to the Pacific Ocean, the emancipation of the serfs, and the revolutions of the 20th century, and Russia in World War II.

Objectives:  This course will provide students with a broad framework for understanding Russia’s historical development and will introduce them to some major—and often conflicting—interpretations of significant events and trends. Students will also have some practice interpreting primary documents.

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Tracking the American Marten, a Wisconsin Endangered Mustelid

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Course Title:Tracking the American Marten, a Wisconsin Endangered Mustelid

(Course qualifies for Master Naturalist continuing education)

This class is full and we will only be accepting registration for a future American Marten class.  If you are interested please complete a registration form and send it to us without the fee.

Course#18W03

Dates:   Wed, Thurs, Fri, January 17, 18, 19, 2018

Time:  17th and 18th –9AM-12PM; 19th—9AM-1:00PM

Location:  17th– Iron County Forestry Highway Dept conference room, 607 3rd Ave. North,      Hurley

        18th-Mercer Library, 2648W Margaret St., Mercer

        19th-Meet at Mercer Library—tracking field trip

Course fee:  $35 with a $5 discount if registered by Jan. 3rd.

Objectives: Deep in the heart of Iron County in Northern Wisconsin, the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department, along with local high school students, are investigating the linkage between forest types, soils, water, and wildlife.  Through hands-on research the team has been studying Wisconsin’s State endangered American Marten and its habitat, home range, and behavior.  This session will introduce you to the fascinating natural history of the Am. Marten as well as a sharing of data collected about marten habitat and the importance of forested wetlands.   Continue reading

Cross Country Ski Instruction

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Course Title:  Cross Country Ski Instruction

Course No. 18W09

Dates:  Jan. 16, 18, 23, 25, 2018

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

This class is now full.  Since it filled so quickly FeU is working on scheduling another class in February.  We need to coordinate with the instructor and ABR to make it work.  Fill out a registration form or call us(715-561-3098 or 715-476-2881) and we will add your name to the next course offering. Keep checking this site for updates.

Location: ABR Ski Area, E5299 West Pioneer Rd., Ironwood, MI 49938, 906-932-3502, ABR Ski Website

Course Fee: $45 (minus $5 if registration received by Jan. 9); Scholarships available

 

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, students will understand the basics of both diagonal stride and skate style skiing, as regards both technique and equipment.  They will be able to stand comfortably on skis, compress each ski and grip the snow, kick off and then repeat with the opposite leg.  They will be able to glide forward on the gliding ski after their kick, maintaining balance, as they shift their weight forward over the gliding ski.  They will be able to engage their poles at the proper time and push, assisting forward movement. Continue reading

Contest and Controversy; Rome, Ireland, Early Christianity in the British Isles

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Course Title: Contest and Controversy; Rome, Ireland, Early Christianity in the British Isles

Course#18W04

Date: Jan 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 2018

Time: 10:00 am to noon

Location: Mercer Library/Community Center

Fee: $30 with $5 discount if registration is received by Jan 17th.

Objectives: This course explores a fascinating moment in both the early history of the British Isles and early Christianity. Between ca. 400 and 700, a struggle ensued between the forces of “orthodoxy,” with its evolving church hierarchy centered in Rome, and the flourishing Celtic Christian tradition that emerged among the Irish and the Britons, which was to prove remarkably influential in the Christianization of Europe. Though Roman orthodoxy ultimately prevailed, the contest between the two Christian traditions was not finally laid to rest until the twelfth century. Or was it? The course will conclude with a look at how and why that Celtic tradition—or at least an idealized version of it—has survived through the centuries, culminating in a global ecumenical Christian practice that we know today as Celtic Christianity. Continue reading

Conversational Spanish

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Course Title: Basic Conversational Spanish I

Course#18W05

Dates:  Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 26 – March 21

Time:  3:30-5:00 PM

Location:  Hurley School, Room __415_____

Fee: $41 minus $5 if registered by Feb. 12

Objectives: Useful Spanish conversation for travel or just to enrich will be explored while we also touch on the basics of the language and its structure. This class will start at the beginning for those who need it and provide review for those with previous exposure to the language. Continue reading

Cross Country Ski Instruction II

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Course Title:  Cross Country Ski Instruction II

Dates:  Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 27 and Mar 1, 2018

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: MECCA Ski Trails trailhead warming house, Mercer, WI

Course# 18W08

Fee: $15

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, students will understand the basics of both diagonal stride and skate style skiing, as regards both technique and equipment.  They will be able to stand comfortably on skis, compress each ski and grip the snow, kick off and then repeat with the opposite leg.  They will be able to glide forward on the gliding ski after their kick, maintaining balance, as they shift their weight forward over the gliding ski.  They will be able to engage their poles at the proper time/angle and push, assisting forward movement.  Continue reading

Investing and Estate Planning

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Course Title: Investing and Estate Planning

Course#18W06

Date: Mar 8, 15,22,29, 2018

Time:4-6 PM

Fee: $30 with $5 discount if registration is received by Mar. 1

Location: Hurley, WI Courthouse, board room.

Course structure: The course will be given in 4 sessions, each 2 hours long. The following topics will be included:

1) Estate Planning:Trusts, Power of Attorneys, Wills

2) Foundations of investing: Investment types, portfolio construction and diversification and combining your Investment with your goals(Retirement income, preservation, etc).

3) Nursing Home Planning: How to prepare and costs. Medicaid rules.

4) Investing and Estate Planning:How your investments work into Estate Planning. This will overlap on specifics from class 2. Investment account types and life insurance. Continue reading

Fly-Tying for Beginners

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Class scheduled for April 6th has been cancelled because of the snow storm.

Course Title: Fly-Tying for Beginners

Course#18W08

Date:  Mar  9, 16, 23, & Apr 6th  2018  10am-noon

Location: Iron County Courthouse, Hurley

Course Fee: $30 discount Fee $25 by Mar 1st

Course#18W09

There is space for 2 more students, sign up quickly.

Class 1

The first class will start with a brief discussion involving -Anatomy of hook(hand out- describe hook sizes) and what is a recipe; How to attach materials to hook; Using a tying vise; Sizing your flies properly (includes hand out).  Various flies will be displayed from dries, wets, nymphs, streamers, musky streamers, spun deer hair and finally the student will end the class tying a Wooly Bugger and floating foam flies, and marabou jigs. Continue reading

Where Two Worlds Meet-Lac du Flambeau

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Course Title:Where Two Worlds Meet-Lac du Flambeau

Course #18W07

Dates:  Tuesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2018

Time:  10:00 AM to noon

Location:  Mercer Library conference room, 2648 W Margaret St., Mercer

Maximum number of students: 15

This course is now filled and we will not be able to accept any more students.

Course fee: $30 with $5 discount if registration is received by March 6, 2018 

Objectives:   I hope that students will come to have a greater perception of and empathy for people of differing racial/cultural backgrounds with a view toward bringing about a better understanding and acceptance of others and differing ways of life.

Course description:

Cultural exclusivity is nothing new, nor is it relegated to any particular geographical area, but when cultures meet the result is often confusing and disorienting.  This class explores the divergent cultures of people living on “the border lines,” people who live in two worlds so to speak, on a daily basis. The class will focus on the community of Lac du Flambeau with its rich Ojibwe Indian history and traditions and “the other,” non-Indian people who have made Lac du Flambeau their home.  Applications will be made and discussed as they relate to differing multicultural living circumstances as well; all with a view toward better understanding one another. Continue reading

Genetics for the Curious: Why are there so many purple lupines?

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Course Title:  Genetics for the Curious: Why are there so many purple lupines?

Dates:  Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25th

Time:  9 to 12AM

Fee: $30 ($5 discount if registered before September 20)

Location:  Mercer Public Library, 2648W Margaret Street, Mercer, WI

Objectives: Through a study of cell processes students will

  •         Have a good, basic understanding of gene function,  heredity, and mutation
  •         Be able to develop informed opinions on environmental and health policy and legislation
  •         Understand the genetic basis of cancer and other genetic diseases
  •         Realize the importance of avoiding unnecessary exposure to radiation, pollution, and certain chemicals, foods and drugs.  

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ACT NOW: Explorations in the art of acting

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Course Title:  ACT NOW: Explorations in the art of acting

Dates:  September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28: Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10:00-12:00 noon

Location:  Historic Ironwood Theatre, Aurora Street, Ironwood

Course Fee: $50 with $5 discount if registered by August 29, 2017

Objectives:  Students will engage in various acting exercises, scene analysis, and the performance process. They should leave the class with a clearer understanding and appreciation for the role of the actor through exploring their own skills and becoming more confident with their own expression. Focus will be on process—observation skills, assertion of the imagination, ensemble building, and empathic engagement with character. During the last session, students will present a two character scene or monologue for the class and invited friends. on the last day. Class will encourage creative expression, confidence, self-discovery and, hopefully, fun.

Course structure:  The course will be given in eight sessions, each two hours long. The first hour will include physical, vocal, concentration, and observation exercises, including theatre games and improvisation. The second hour will include the process of taking a scene or a monologue from analysis to rehearsal to performance. Activities will include:

  •         Learning the physical basics of stage positions, crosses, focus sharing, etc.
  •         Improvisation and theatre games for building ensemble
  •         Observation assignments and exercises
  •         Vocal work and physical work
  •         “scoring” scenes and monologues; rehearsing to share in the final session

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Natural Resource Management in Northern Wisconsin

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Course Title:  Natural Resource Management in Northern Wisconsin

Course # 17F01

Dates:  Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30

Time:  Aug. 9, 16– 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Aug. 23, 30 -1:00-4:00 PM

Course fee: $35, with $5 discount if registered by July 26.

Required Reading: Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Outdoors activities will require students to sign a hold harmless disclaimer.

Location:  Aug 9 and 16, Mercer Library; Aug. 23-Mercer Library and Paulik forest. Aug. 30 Little Turtle Flowage Wildlife Area and Mercer Ranger Station

Objectives:  Students will learn about Wisconsin’s natural resource management from its beginning to the present. The need for management and best practices in fish and water management, forest management, and wildlife management.

Course structure:  The course will be given in _4__ sessions, each 2-3 hours long for a total of 10 hours, covering the following topics:
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Future Fe University Courses

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The following classes are currently under consideration, but have not yet been finalized.  Please re-visit this web page for updates.

Birding Class: Spring 2018-Instructor Bates & Elias, May 21, & 23rd Location-Mercer Library

Golfing Instruction: Spring 2018-Instructor Nancy Osier, May 23-30; Jun 6 & 13, Location-Gogebic Country Club

Invasive Species: Spring 2018 -Instructor Ramona Shackleford , June 6 & 7 at 9 – 12pm Location-Mercer Library

Flambeau Trail History: Spring 2018 – Instructor Jim Bokern Dates & Location To Be Determined

Lakes Ecology: Spring 2018 – Instructor Heather Palmquist, Location-To Be Determined

Field Ornithology (Regional Birds)

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Course Title:  Field Ornithology (Regional Birds)

Course# 17S03

Dates:  Wednesdays, May 17, 24, 31, June 7

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fee:  $50 minus $5 if registered by May 3

Location:  County Board room, Iron County Courthouse, 300 Taconite St, Hurley, WI

This course satisfies the continuing education requirement for the UW Ex Master Naturalist program.

Objectives:  Students will learn about the birds of the region (northern Wisconsin, U.P. of Michigan, and Lake Superior area). Each session will include a classroom component and field time, when we will visit a variety of habitats to observe and practice identifying birds. By the end of the 4 weeks, students will know how to identify the common breeding and migratory species of the area. Continue reading

Spring Flora of the Northwoods

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Course Title-Spring Flora of the Northwoods

Course#- 17S02

Dates:  May 15, 16, 17, 2017

Time:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day

Location:  Field trips each morning, then reconvening at Mercer Library, 2648 Margaret St.

Fee: $75 ($5 discount if registration received before May 1)

Class size will be limited to 10 students! Register early.

This class has now filled up.  Please send your contact information to FeU if you are interested in a second class at a later date.  We will take your reservation.

This course satisfies the continuing education requirement for the UW Ex Master Naturalist program.

Objectives:  Students will learn how to identify plants by utilizing a dichotomous key, which is nowhere near as hard as pronouncing “di-cot-toe-mus.” Students will also learn about the natural history of each plant – its growth characteristics, its historic uses, its associates, its general ecology. Continue reading

Conversational Spanish II

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Course Title:  Conversational Spanish II

Class# 17Sp1

Dates:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mar. 28 – April 20, 2017

Time:  3:30 – 5:00 PM

Location:  Hurley School, Spanish room 415

Fee: $41 with $5 discount if registration is received by March 14

Objectives: Students will build on the foundations set in Spanish I to become more proficient in conversation.

Course structure:  The course will be given in _8__ sessions, each _90_ minutes long, covering the following topics:

Spanish II will be a continuation of the beginning Spanish I class.  We will build on the foundations of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary to become more conversational.  Also, we will learn one of the past tenses and the future construction so that students will be able to talk about the past, present and future.  Students will also be able to request vocabulary and topics in their areas of interest to be able to be more conversational at work or play. Continue reading

Basic Conversational Spanish I

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Course Title-Basic Conversational Spanish I

Course# 17W3

Dates:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 21 – March 16

Time:  3:30-5:00 PM

Location:  Hurley School, Room __415_____

Course Fee: $36 or $41 after Feb 7

Objectives: Useful Spanish conversation for travel or just to enrich will be explored while we also touch on the basics of the language and its structure. Continue reading

The Witch Panic of the 16th and 17th Centuries in the Western World

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Course Title: The Witch Panic of the 16th and 17th Centuries in the Western World

Dates:  Wednesdays, Feb. 8-Mar. 1, 2017

Time:  10:00AM – 12:00PM

Course# 17W2

Course Fee-$25 or $30 after January 25

Location:  Mercer Library, 2648W Margaret St. Mercer, WI

Objectives:  The objective of this course is to examine in close detail the witchcraft panic that spread like wildfire throughout Europe and the American colonies during the 16th and 17th centuries as well as to explore why the phenomenon remains such an endlessly fascinating historical event. If history can teach us anything, it is perhaps something important about human societies—most especially, what they’re capable of doing given a context of profound cultural change and societal upheaval. Continue reading

Anishinaabe History and Worldviews

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This class is full, but we have started a waiting list for the next class.  Please send us your registration form without the fee and we will contact you when the next class starts.

Course Title:  Anishinaabe History and Worldviews

Course#–17W1

Dates:  4 Wednesdays starting January 11, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location:  Iron County Courthouse-County Board Room -Hurley

Course Fee-$30  or $25 before Dec. 29

 

Objectives: Students will learn about the history and culture of the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) people. Students will listen to stories covering topics of pre-written history. We will cover the treaty era and what it means for the people today.

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Inside Look at the National Football League

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Course #213

Dates, times and locations:

  • Friday, Oct 7, Tues. Oct 11, Friday, Oct. 14, 3:00-5:00 PM, Mercer Community Center
  • Monday, October 17, 5:00-7:00 PM, Great Northern Motel lobby

Cost-$30 or $25 if registered before September 23

Course objectives: Students will gain a deeper understanding of the game of football, what occurs behind the television screen, coaching, terminology, and the organization of the National Football League.

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