Adams State is thrilled that we have received funding from the Next50 Initiative to advance our efforts to educate older adults. This program supports life-long learning and personal development among older San Luis Valley residents.

Register Now for Free Workshops

  • Free to adults over 50
  • Workshops will be held on Adams State University campus
  • Limited space – register early
  • Those under 50 can still register for a minimal fee
Next50 Workshop Registration

Contact: Savannah Torres at or 719-587-7686


Health, Cancer & Exercise

A brief overview of the most current Physical Activity Guideline Recommendations for Americans and Special Populations, types of activities and intensity levels, information on cancer incidences, & how exercise can help you before, during, and after a cancer diagnosis.  Learn how to calculate your Target Heart Rate and why it’s important.

  • June 16, 2021
  • 10:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.
  • Danielle Smith – EC 107

Black and White Darkroom Photography

  • June 18-20
  • July 9-11
  • July 23-25
  • 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Sunday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Margaret Doell

Inspired Health and Happiness

Yoga Mat Required

Explore ancient secrets of yoga and Ayurveda for optimal wellness in today’s crazy world. Includes: theory, application through breath and gentle movement, as well as personalized therapeutics. Be Inspired!

  • June 5, July 10, and August 14
  • 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
  • Annie Pace

Entomology for Beginners

Ever wonder if you have just seen a fly, or a wasp or was it a bee, that just flew by?  This one day course will give you the beginnings of insect identification so that next time you are curious about an insect you can look it up more easily.  Classification of the insect orders common to Colorado will be presented .  Examples will be provided so we can practice identification.

  • June 16th – Room TBD
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Barbara Kruse

Dendrochronology Tree Cookies

The study of tree cross sections, dendrochronology, can tell us about the environment that the tree inhabited.  We will learn the terminology used to identify the characteristics of a tree cross section and apply that to understanding how they can be used to study climate change and archaeology.  The full day will include both lab and lecture.

  • June 29th – MCD 214
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Barbara Kruse

Noxious Weeds of the SLV

Noxious weeds are a problem everywhere.  We will examine the most common noxious weeds in Colorado and learn to identify them in this full day workshop.  The morning will be spent learning to identify the noxious weeds and the afternoon we will go outside, close by, and locate infestations of noxious weeds.

  • August 4th – MCD 217
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Barbara Kruse

Getting Comfortable with Computers

Types of computers, navigation, hardware vs. software, managing files, word processing

  • June 12 – MCD 181
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Deanna Bartee

Getting Connected with the Internet

How the internet works, email, using Google tools, cloud computing, and web conferencing

  • June 26 – MCD 18
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Deanna Bartee

Computing for Success


  • July 10 – BUS 130
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Deanna Bartee

Planning for Success – Estate Planning

  • July 24 – BUS 142
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Deanna Bartee

Essential Oils 101 for Healthy Living (100% Pure Therapeutic Grade)

Essential oils are the essence of a plant, a gift from the earth, distilled and prepared for you to bring the power of nature into your home.

  • July 19
  • 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Oneyda Maestas

Zumba & STRONG Nation Wellness

1 hr Zumba – 10 min break – 30 min STRONG Nation – 20 min stretch/cool down

  • June 16th, July 21st, August 4th
  • 5:30-7:30pm
  • Oneyda Maestas

Salsa Beginner Bootcamp

In this workshop, you will move your body to Salsa tropical and Salsa romántica Latin dance rhythms; Salsa tropical is more playful and island-sounding while Salsa romántica is slow and smooth. This class includes a 4-hour “Beginner’s Bootcamp” where participants will take time to master the basic steps of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. Then the class will move to Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant in the evening to practice learned dance steps in a live practical setting.

  • June 19
  • 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 6-9 p.m.: Live dancing TBD
  • Oneyda Maestas

Dominican-Style Bachata Beginner Bootcamp

This class includes a 4-hour “Beginner’s Bootcamp” where participants will master the basic steps of Dominican-Style Bachata. Then the class will move to Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant in the evening to practice learned dance steps in a live practical setting.

  • July 17
  • 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 6-9 p.m.: Live dancing TBD
  • Oneyda Maestas

Navigating the Healthcare System

  • June 12
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Kim Chacon –RH2-109

Grant Writing 101

Learn the basics of grant-writing in 2 half-day workshops. Topics include strategies for finding funding, preparing for and writing a proposal and budget, key components of a grant proposal, the importance of data, and tips for success.

  • July 31 and August 7
  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tawney Becker – MCD 387

Volumetric forms in Clay

Part one will be an exploration of clay as a volumetric form. This will be a project making a functional whimsical teapot, bank, vase or other volumetric form with an emphasis on seeing, and understanding the visual and tactile language of pottery.

Part two will concentrate on attention to surface and color.

  • July 12, 13, & 19
  • 9am-12pm | 1pm-4pm
  • Sharon McCoy

Geology of the San Luis Valley

The first day we meet at Porter Hall and learn how to read a compass and maps. The students will then do a short treasure hunt on campus using their compass and map reading skills. In the second half we will drive to the La Veta Pass and look at some sedimentary rocks, and a recent landslide. And learn about when and where the rocks were deposited.

On day two, we will drive out to Mogote and look at a prehistoric landslide on the side of a volcano. Here too we will talk about how these rocks were formed.

  • July 19 – 20
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Chayan Lahiri