Classes, Seminars, & Lectures

Whether you want to learn how to tap dance, make sushi, or discuss concepts alongside fellow learners of all ages, the options in Douglas County are limitless.

Here specifically here at the SRC we offer classes in estate planning, Welcome to Medicare, and AARP Smart Driver Course to name a few. Check out our online calendar of events for upcoming SRC courses and events.  For information about classes, call 785-842-0543 or contact us using our online form.

If you would like to offer a class or start a group, we would be happy to discuss how we can help make your dream happen. Call 785-842-0543 or contact us using our online form.

Continuing Education

Our three area universities, Baker UniversityHaskell Indian Nations University, and the University of Kansas, also nourish the community’s commitment to learning. The Lawrence calendar is filled with classes, lectures, and workshops offered at local museums and networking groups as well as at organizations such as the Dole Institute of Politics, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Lawrence Arts Center.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Institute offers courses for learners typically age 50 and older, although anyone may participate. Osher students rave about the classes and proclaim it refreshing and stimulating to focus on topics interesting to them after decades of focusing solely on items related to your career. As one of the most popular lifelong learning options in the county, the programs are essentially short college courses without the exams. Subjects include literature, history, art, culture, and more. A typical semester offers up to 85 course choices.

Local Classes

Classes in the Lawrence area are a good way to learn new skills and meet new people. If your passion if for the arts, the Lawrence Arts Center features classes for all ages ranging from dance to jewelry making, metalsmithing, painting, and ceramics. For the culinary minded, the Merc Co+op offers a variety of health and cooking classes including those focused on international and ethnic recipes, bacon-inspired dishes, and numerous specialty classes to help plan menus for those with food sensitivities and allergies.  Ongoing classes are also available on an ongoing basis at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence Public Library, and the Lawrence Laboratory to name a few.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, contact us at 785-842-0543 to ask about our complete listing of learning outlets that have ongoing courses for seniors in the community.


With the rich history of Lawrence and the surrounding areas it’s easy to see why we have so many interesting museums from which to learn. By visiting or attending lectures provided by the museums like the beautiful Watkins Museum of History, the Dole Institute of Politics, the Lecompton Territorial Capitol Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, and numerous local historic sites anyone can gain insight into history. For those who are up for a fun nearby day trip, visit the Kansas History Museum in Topeka, KS (30 minutes away), or head to Kansas City to visit one of their many museums such as the National WWI Museum, the American Jazz Museum, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and many more.