Learn for the love of it! Discover something new, plan your next trip, or an amazing meal. A variety of interesting classes are offered throughout the year for adults who enjoy the fun and excitement of learning new things. We offer classes in diverse areas such as history, science, nature, music, current events and places of interest in the Big Bend region.

Our affordable programs are open to anyone 18 years and older. Schedule virtual family time together with your adult children and grandchildren, even if they live out of town. With virtual classes, people can participate from any location with internet access. 

Classes are currently offered on Zoom. If you would like to learn how to use Zoom, please call 850-891-4000 and Senior Center staff will set you up with a volunteer who can help you over the phone or computer. Or click here for our Zoom guide.

For more information, email Maureen.Haberfeld@talgov.com


Bringing Nature Home: A special presentation for Earth Day
Thu., April 22, 2 – 4:00 p.m.

You may have heard of the alarming decline of all kinds of wildlife across the world and wished there was something you could do about it. You can!  Grow native plants! The whole Web of Life starts with native plants. Beth Grant, Thomasville naturalist, presents this program based on Dr. Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home. Beth Grant is the lead gardener at Cherokee Pollinator Garden, in Thomasville, GA, founder and president of Friends of Lost Creek Forest, and was lead volunteer at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve for over 10 years.

Virtual class on Zoom. Fee $5

Water – Liquid Gold (Part 1) & (Part 2)
Tue., May 4 and 11, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

Water is our most precious natural resource. There are substitutes for the use of petroleum, coal, metals – we can even live for a few months without sunlight, as in northern Alaska or Antarctica. But imagine no water for a fraction of that time! Florida Professional Geologist, Joe Haberfeld, will examine our water supply sources, the primary uses of water, and drinking water treatment. What happens after water is used? It becomes wastewater and must be treated and disposed of with care to minimize the effect on our environment, including the water resources that we use for drinking water. Water treatment and disposal options will be presented. We will also look at the birth of the environmental movement, environmental regulations, case studies, hot topics, and items of local interest.

2-part virtual class on Zoom. Register for each session. Fee $5 per session.

Guided tour of Maclay Gardens
Thu., May 5, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 

Enjoy a relaxing ranger-led walking tour of beautiful Maclay Gardens. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, secret garden, reflection pool, walled garden, hundreds of azaleas, camellias, and other lovely plants and trees. The gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred and Louise Maclay when they purchased the property for their winter home. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area following the tour. There is plenty of room to social distance.

Fee $5 upon registration plus $6 per vehicle upon admittance to the park on the day of the tour. (Carpooling is encouraged). Participants must wear masks. Limited space available.