All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

Contact Osher@Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Wednesday courses

Summer 2018 Semester

The Place You Live – Tours of City Facilities [4 SESSIONS]

9:00 a.m.–Noon, Moss A
Wednesdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

NOTE: On tour dates (June 13, 20, 27), bus transportation will be provided; space is limited to 40 seats. When registering for this course, please indicate whether you will be taking the bus or driving yourself to the tour locations.

How much do you really know about the city in which you live? During these tours of city-owned facilities, Osher students will gain a better understanding of how their local government works and experience first-hand what happens behind the scenes. Students will be led through a tour of three city-owned facilities to see where, what and how of all this happens city-wide. Topics will include: your recycling and trash; protecting the environment; and where it goes when you flush your toilet. 

June 6: An Introduction to the Tours

Instructor Mike Heimos will give an introductory overview of the tours to come. Class will run 9:30–10:30 a.m. on this date only; the entire class will meet in Moss A. June 13: 3M Hinkson/Flat Branch Wetlands Tour Students may observe wildlife and learn about the importance of wetlands and their function in the protection of our water cycle. In fact, has the 3M Hinkson/Flat Branch Wetlands listed as a world “hot spot” for bird sightings! Stationed along the wetlands trail are 24 educational signs about the construction of the 3M wetlands, the wildlife, native plants and the adjacent historical MKT Trail. These educational and informational signs will be incorporated into an educational scavenger hunt. Bus riders will meet at Moss at 9 a.m.; those who are driving themselves will meet at the 3M Hinkson/Flat Branch Wetlands at 9:30 a.m.

June 20: Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

Awaken your senses while marveling at the various physical, chemical and biological processes employed at Columbia’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Have you ever wondered what happens to the dirty water from your shower, laundry and toilet after it goes down the drain? You’ll learn about the history of wastewater treatment in Columbia and how our local sewer system functions. Plus you’ll gain tips on preventing pollution of our local creeks and streams, and best of all, you’ll go behind the scenes to see (and smell!) how this vital infrastructure works. Bus riders will meet at Moss at 9 a.m.; those who are driving themselves will meet at the facility Wastewater Treatment Plant at 9:30 a.m.

June 27: Landfill and Recycling Center Facility Tour

Environmental education is important to the communities we serve. For more than 35 years, the City of Columbia Landfill & Recycling Center Facility has been operating and promoting sustainable programs that encourage the community and residents to become better stewards of the environment. The educational landfill tour consists of an up-close look at daily landfill operations, environmental control systems, recycling programs and recycling best practices. Bus riders will meet at Moss at 9 a.m.; those who are driving themselves will meet at the Landfill and Recycling Center Facility at 9:30 a.m.

Instructor: Mike Heimos has worked for the City of Columbia for the last 13 years. Mike started with the City of Columbia’s solid waste division, working with the outreach and education recycling program. Mike currently is the City of Columbia’s Stormwater Educator. He coordinates education and outreach programs for the Stormwater Utility; city-wide staff training on Best Management Practices (BMPs) for good housekeeping and works with local community groups and organizations to help keep Columbia waterways clean and healthy. He and his wife, Marla, have lived in Columbia for more than 40 years.

Human Sexuality for Grown-Ups [4 SESSIONS]

12:30–1:30 p.m., Moss A  
Wednesdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

Sexuality is part of our human experience. As a culture, we often fret over sexuality or celebrate it as expressed in youth – but find it minimized or obscured by other concerns later in life. In this course, we will examine the importance 
of sexuality in mature life, how to grow sexual partnerships, medical concerns affecting sexuality and issues of privacy.

Instructor: Cindy Claycomb is a licensed psychologist, retired from clinical practice.

The American Presidents V [4 SESSIONS]

2:00–3:30 p.m., Moss A  
Wednesdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

This course will consider the American presidents who were in office during The Great Depression and World War II: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. The emphasis will be on the persons who held this position. We will discuss their background, family history, work history and character in an attempt to identify those aspects that led to each individual’s success or failure in office.

Instructor: Jay Ward was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Lexington, Mo. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University and received a medical degree from the University of Missouri. Retiring from medicine after 30 years, he received a master’s degree and doctorate in United States history from MU.