The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is a group of more than 1,000 individuals, age 50 and over, who learn together through three distinct programs: OLLI Classes, OLLI Learning Trips, and OLLI Study Groups.

Here, members can discuss what they learned, what they enjoyed, and offer suggestions to enhance future program offerings.

Take a look at the photos we're taking, and the discussions we're having as OLLI members.

Whether we're in class, in town, or out of town ... we're on the go, having fun, and constantly learning.

We look forward to reading your comments!

While you're online, be sure to visit our website to register for our programs.

Don't forget -- OLLI has its own YouTube Channel, where you can see video clips of Learning Trips, Classes, and Study Groups!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Peoria Zoo - April 14, 2014

Julie Brunton, Peoria Zoo Assistant Curator of Education, was OLLI's behind the scenes tour guide on Monday, April 14, 2014. Brunton discussed Peoria Zoo's affiliation with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Through the Zoo's affiliation, the Peoria Zoo works with over 200 other zoos affiliated with the organization to acquire a variety of animals.

Throughout the tour OLLI members were able to learn about the different animal habitats. Brunton also explained what it takes to feed and care for some of the animals on a daily basis. The OLLI group had access into the back of the rhino and giraffe enclosures for an up close look at these magnificent animals. They also had the opportunity to view the lions, tigers, primates, zebras, and more!

OLLI would like to thank Julie Brunton and the Peoria Zoo for a great tour!

To learn more about the Peoria Zoo, please click here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Blue Man Group - April 10, 2014

OLLI members gathered for a performance of The Blue Man Group on Thursday, April 10, 2014. They enjoyed a pre-performance lecture and dinner with Bradley University Professor Emeritus Jim Ludwig. Ludwig discussed the history of The Blue Man Group, he also highlighted what it takes for this critically acclaimed show to run smoothly. Ludwig provided many insights into the performance of The Blue Man Group.

OLLI Members were entertained by the exciting performance of The Blue Man Group, some members were even seen dancing along with the music.

OLLI would like to thank Professor Emeritus Jim Ludwig for a wonderful presentation and The Blue Man Group for an amazing show.

Illinois American Water - April 10, 2014

OLLI had the opportunity to tour the Illinois American Water Company in Peoria on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Lori Horstman, Production Superintendent of the Peoria plant led the tour. She explained the company's production and distribution methods, which start with water intake at the river.

Members learned that the treatment process takes about 24 hours, before the water is made is available to the public. The water comes from the Illinois River and local wells in the Peoria area.

The tour included a view from the observatory, where the clarification process begins. Members visited the lab, and also learned how the water turbidity is reduced as it is processed.

Horstman discussed the history of Pump Station #1, Pump Station #2 and the Main Well which were built in 1890 and were placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1980. The buildings during that time were fashioned after the Romanesque Revival Style architecture, which include the well-known gargoyles atop of Pump Station #1. The pump stations are still in use today.

OLLI would like to thank Lori Horstman and Illinois American Water for a wonderful tour of the facility.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dozer Park - April 7, 2014

Peoria Chiefs President and Bradley University alum Rocky Vonachen was our guide as we took a behind-the-scenes tour of Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs.

Although our visit happened to be just 24 hours before the home opener for 2014, Rocky spent nearly two hours with the OLLI gang, leading us on a tour of the concourse, the club suites, the home locker room, the home dugout, equipment areas, and even the manager's office, all while discussing the history of the minor league team, a Class A Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

OLLI extends its sincere appreciation to Rocky and his staff for being such gracious hosts during our tour. Good luck in 2014, Peoria Chiefs!

For more information about Dozer Park, or the Peoria Chiefs, please visit