Community Courses

bookIf you have any questions about courses or have ideas for courses you'd like to see us do, please call Michelle Bartlett at 907-474-7021, or email

UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning offers a variety of non-credit bearing courses accessible to members of the community without the requirements of typical college courses. Many of these courses are practical, hands-on workshop style classes taught by local experts.

To register and pay for courses, follow the link below:


Adult Bug Camp

Adult Bug Camp
Instructor: Derek Sikes
Meets: July 12 - 14, Friday 6 - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 - 6:15pm
Location: Murie 302
Description: Learn collection and processing methods needed to build an insect collection. Skills necessary to identify most groups to order will be taught. Students will create a collection that will be broken into three groups: specimens the student can take home, specimens for the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection, and specimens for the Teaching Collection.
Cost: $140

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair  (Registration Closed)
Instructor: Simon Rakower

Meets: May 9 - June 6, Thursdays, 6 - 9pm
Location: U Park 108
Description: Comprehensive and practical, hands-on bicycle maintenance and repair focusing on road and mountain bikes. Emphasis on drive chain, shifting, brakes, wheels (straightening), tires, tubes (flats), steering systems, cable replacement and lubrication. Review the geometry and physics of the bicycle, the world's most efficient means of transportation. Students should bring a bicycle to class.
Cost: $140

Bookmaking: Soft Cover Coptic JournalMargo Klass Soft Cover Coptic Journal  (Registration Closed)
Instructor: Margo Klass

Meets: May 31 - June 2, Friday 6 - 8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm
Location: Murie 306
Description: This structure highlights all the elegance and appeal of Coptic binding without cutting, covering, and attaching hard board covers. The soft covers are constructed of heavy paper wrapped around an inner support making them sturdy and much more easily sewn to the text block. A collaged composition of stones and twigs embellish the cover, each object sewn on using Japanese-inspired techniques. This journal is casual enough for daily writing or sketching, and unique enough to serve as guest book for a special event.
Cost: $225

Karen Stomberg Wild Iris Drawing

Botanical Drawing: Early Season at Georgeson Botanical Garden (Registration Closed)
Instructor: Karen Stomberg

Meets: June 7 - 9, Friday 6 - 8pm Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm
Location: Murie 306
Description: We will tour Georgeson Botanical Garden in its early season diverse loveliness and choose a bloom to study and draw in colored pencil and watercolor.
Cost: $175

Botanical Drawing: Late Season at Georgeson Botanical Garden
Instructor: Karen Stomberg
Meets: August 2 - 4, Friday 6 - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm
Location: Murie 306
Description: We will tour Georgeson Botanical Garden in its late-season diverse loveliness and choose a plant to study and draw in colored pencil and watercolor.
Cost: $175

Fly Fishing Weekend
Instructor: Shann Jones
Meets: June 29 - 30, Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Chapman 104
Description: Participants will be introduced to the art and science of fly fishing. Learn how to use a fly rod, cast a fishing fly with pinpoint accuracy, tie fishing knots, select fishing flies, and, most importantly, learn where fish live and how best to catch (and release) them. Scientific information on Alaskan freshwater fish, habitat, entomology, and stream ecology will be covered in the context of practical fishing advice. Participants must provide their own boots and field clothing and obtain a current State of Alaska sport fishing license to participate fully in all field sessions.
Cost: $140

Let's Play Golf (Waitlist only)
Instructor: James Contreras
Meets: June 12 - July 24, Wednesdays, 1 - 2:30pm
Location: Fairbanks Golf Course
Description: Do you want to learn how to play golf? How about improving your swing? PGA professional J.C. Contreras will work with you to achieve your goals.
Cost: $225

Close up of mushroomMushroom Identification (Waitlist only)
Instructor: Christin Swearingen
Meets: August 16 - 18, Friday 6 - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, and Sunday, 11am - 3pm
Location: Murie 203
Description: In this weekend intensive camp, you will learn how to identify some of the common species of mushrooms in Interior Alaska. We will spend time in the field collecting mushrooms, learning how to use dichotomous keys, making spore prints, and learning which features to hone into when identifying mushrooms. Finding choice edible species is not guaranteed, but you will leave the class knowing how to identify at least four edible species.
Cost: $125

Paint Like Sydney Laurence
Instructor: Mary Albanese
Meets: June 24 - 28, Monday-Friday, 3 - 7pm
Location: Art 303
Description: Following a brief lecture on the life and style of Sydney Laurence we will study images of his works and re-create them. We will also discuss Fred Machetanz. Students will explore and learn their styles through their own paintings, capturing and recreating elements of the master's work, focusing on elements of composition, color scheme, and brush stroke techniques. Students are to come ready to paint with paints (oils or acrylic work best), brushes, and canvases. 8 x 10 inch canvases are a good size to start. Recommended paint colors: black, white, yellow ochre, cobalt blue, sap green, alizarin crimson, and yellow hansa.
Cost: $200

Pickleball for Beginners  (Registration Closed)
Instructor: Tom Lane and Gary Copus

Meets: June 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Student Recreation Center (SRC), UAF Campus
Description: Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the USA. It is easy to learn and fun to play. It's great fun for all ages, and the whole family can participate. You will learn all the basics to start playing on the first day. Come and take a swing at it! This camp is geared toward people new to the sport. This class is for students 18 and older. Proper footwear is required. Court sneakers are best. No street shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or boots. We will pay outside, weather permitting.
Cost: $75

Street Photography
Instructor: JR Ancheta
Meets: June 22, Saturday, 10 - 4pm
Location: Murie 107
Description: Explore downtown Fairbanks while you learn how to use your digital camera. No photo skills are necessary. Basic editing will be covered back in the classroom. Class time will be split between downtown and Murie 107 on the UAF campus.
Cost: $50

Your Bike ProjectYour Bike Project  (Registration Closed)
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Meets: May 10 - June 7, Fridays, 6 - 9pm
Location: U Park 108
Description: Students will have the opportunity to complete a bicycle project of their choosing using the information and techniques covered in the Bicycle Maintenance and Repair camp. Familiarity with the subjects covered in the intro class is assumed however, having taken the intro class is recommended but not required. Students are required to meet with the instructor to map out the project(s) to be completed during this in-depth camp. Students should bring a bicycle to class to work on.
Cost: $140

Registration and Payment 
All registrations for Non-credit Short Courses are completed through CampDoc.  Please visit the Campdoc website at to create a profile and register for classes. If you have previously registered with CampDoc, you will not need to create a new profile.  
Payment can be made during registration through CampDoc.  Please note that Non-credit Short Courses require a $25.00 non-refundable deposit that must be paid at the time of registration.  If you register for a course and decide not to attend, you MUST drop the course via CampDoc a week before the start date or you will be charged for the full class.  For additional information contact Summer Sessions at 474-7021 or

How do I register with CampDoc?
If you are unfamiliar with Campdoc, this handy guide might help you get started. 

How do I find out more information about Parking?
If your Non-credit Short Course takes place on campus between 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday, you will be required to have a current parking decal or short term parking permit displayed in your vehicle. Outside of these times, no permit is required. 

For more information about parking on campus call 474-7275 or view parking locations at