Keep Learning While Staying at Home

Published: April 09, 2020 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Free, Family-Friendly Virtual Mini Classes from SUU Community Education

professor on a hike

Join Southern Utah University Community Education for safe learning while staying at home with free online classes for all this spring. Every Thursday at noon, join the SUU Keep Learning series on Facebook Live and Zoom for community engagement that keeps the mind active, as well as the body. All classes are taught by community instructors who wanted to provide a way for the community to stay connected since classes cannot be taught in classrooms.

“We have many fabulous Community Education instructors who have stepped up to volunteer time and efforts to present these free mini-classes,” said Melynda Thorpe, executive director at SUU Community Education. “We appreciate the fun, creative ideas they are offering to help families in our community stay active, stay healthy and keep learning.”

On April 16, join SUU art instructor Steven Swift for a live art lesson designed for all ages and abilities. On April 23, Whitney Cornell will be offering a fun class in a country line dance that is sure to get the family swinging, and April 30 will see Misty Sherratt presenting on pet health, diagnosis, treatment, and when to seek vet care for pets or new spring chicks.

In May, Candace Schiable from Utah State University will present gardening tips and tricks for those with a green thumb and Ann Marie Harrel on home cooking for recipes that are healthy and stay on budget. Also, Tyler Knudsen, from the Utah Department of Natural Resources, will give a virtual geologic tour of Thunderbird Gardens, a popular hiking spot located less than two miles from SUU’s campus.

The recently completed trail system at Thunderbird Gardens provides easy access to some world-class geosites that used to be a rough scramble to get to,” said Knudsen. “Many rocks in this area have had a long and tortured past. Seventy-five million years ago,  rocks were folded, faulted, and partially pulverized at the front of a rising, massive mountain range. Today, these same rocks are being pulled apart as part of Basin and Range extension. This ‘pulling apart’ is also what causes the earthquakes that we occasionally feel.”

The Keep Learning Series is part of SUU’s free Community Connect–Learn from Home program and takes place every Thursday at noon. A complete list of course offerings and links for both Zoom and Facebook Live events are available at, or on the Facebook page SUU Community Education. Classes are also recorded and archived on the web site for non-live participation anytime, from anywhere with internet access. For more information, or to volunteer to teach a course or lead a book discussion, email, or call (435) 865-8259.

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