Photos of OLLI Participants


Welcome to our sixth spring term as an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nevada Reno, affiliated with the University’s Extended Studies.

Day of Remembrance

April 7, 2014, 5-7:30 p.m., University of Nevada, Reno
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nevada, Reno is proud to present the second annual Day of Remembrance at the University of Nevada, Reno, in partnership with the University’s Interfaith Students Club.
This event is free and open to the public. View or download the event flier (PDF).

Spring 2014 Catalog

View/download the Spring 2014 OLLI catalog and the OLLI At a Glance!

New OLLI Reno News Site!

The OLLI Reno News site at will post all breaking news announcements about class cancellations or schedule changes, OLLI closures due to inclement weather, and other vital news and information. You can subscribe to email or RSS posts from the site for immediate notification of any news announcements. Learn more >

Spring 2014 Pre-Registration Opens January 13!

Call to RSVP icon.The online pre-registration period for Spring 2014 classes requiring pre-registration as noted in the Spring 2014 catalog and At-a-Glance calendar will begin Monday, Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. and end two days before each class begins. View the pre-registration page here >

OLLI Orientation January 10 – 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Please join us Friday, Jan. 10 in the Nelson Building main classroom at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. for a 90-minute orientation designed to help you get the most out of OLLI. Meet OLLI officers and committee chairs, tour the Nelson Building, enjoy light refreshments, mingle with members, and learn about all of OLLI’s “quirks.” Prospective members will be able to sign up for annual membership of $45 per year and buy an annual parking pass for $16 for the City of Reno parking lot east of the Nelson Building.

OLLI at the University of Nevada, Reno Awarded Second $1 Million Endowment

Photo of OLLI members’ reaction of joy and surprise of the announcement.“This endowment is a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers who have kept this program on an upward trajectory, building it into one of the finest and largest in the country," said Fred Holman, vice provost for Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. “The Osher Foundation’s additional endowment award ensures the continuation, for years to come, of a level of social engagement for our senior adults in the region that integrates volunteerism and self-development.” Learn more >

Now Accepting OLLI Annual Membership Applications!

We’re now accepting new and renewal applications for OLLI annual memberships for the 2013-2014 membership year! Download the membership application form and watch for the Spring 2014 OLLI catalog coming soon.

Osher Foundation $1 Million Endowment

The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded a $1 million endowment gift to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nevada, Reno for programming excellence and for demonstrating potential for long-term success and sustainability. Learn more >

About OLLI

Sponsored by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a member-directed organization offering a distinctive array of courses and activities for adults age 50 and over interested in learning for the joy of learning.

One of more than 120 Osher institutes established since 2001 at such colleges and universities as UCLA, Brandeis, Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Tufts and New York University, OLLI at  the University of Nevada, Reno fosters intellectual stimulation and personal development through academic pursuits and provides a community in which to gather, get acquainted and socialize.

Who we are

Directed by and for its members, OLLI is a diverse community of independent thinkers who develop curriculum, teach classes, organize events, administer programs, establish friendships, guide excursions and much more.

Our philosophy
The OLLI philosophy is to provide, for a modest membership fee, college-level academic experiences for all members, regardless of educational background. OLLI course topics and groups include:
• Art
• Computers
• Government
• Health and Wellness
• History
• Lifescapes, a writing project
• Literature
• Music
• OLLI Hikers
• Science . . . and more!

Join Us!
Complete the membership application, become a member online or for more information, call an OLLI volunteer at (775) 784-8053, or email

OLLI’s Story 2010

Once upon a time, not so many years ago, OLLI was born — a new vision of an older, much-cherished idea. Download OLLI's Story 2010 to find out more.

Location and Map

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the University’s off-campus OLLI facility in the Warren Nelson Building, 401 W. Second St., Reno. Parking for people with disabilities is available at the front and rear of the building. Elevators are located at the front and rear of the building as well. Please be advised that the rear elevator requires a key. Please contact an OLLI board member to assist you in using the rear elevator. When you arrive for class, please use the OLLI buzzer inside the front lobby. An OLLI member will let you in and assist you if needed.

Nelson Building class and OLLI office location:
Warren Nelson Building
401 W. Second St., Suite 235
Reno, NV 89503


Parking Information
Limited parking for the University of Nevada, Reno’s off-campus OLLI facility is located on Second Street or in the City of Reno parking lot just east of the Warren Nelson Building. Parking in the shared city lot may be available. The City of Reno may implement new parking fees at any time. Annual OLLI parking permits for Aug. 19, 2013-Aug. 15, 2014, may be available for $16. (Parking in the fenced lot directly in front of the Nelson Building is reserved for those who have a University parking permit. All others will be ticketed.) Parking is free without a permit at Redfield Campus.

Please note: Parking at the Nelson building is limited. There may be times when you will not find a parking space even if you have purchased a parking permit. Please remember you are not allowed to park in the University lot at any time with the City of Reno permit. We encourage you to carpool when you know the OLLI class may have a large attendance. Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.


Redfield Campus class location:
Redfield Campus
18600 Wedge Parkway
Reno, NV 89511

To reach the University’s Redfield Campus in south Reno, take South Virginia St. or U.S. 395, exit west onto State Route 431 (Mt. Rose Highway) and turn left/south at the light on Wedge Parkway. Parking is free at Redfield Campus.Redfield Campus Map

Contact Us

Phone: (775) 784-8053
Fax: (775) 784-8054OLLI Warren Nelson Building photo

OLLI office and class location:

Warren Nelson Building
401 W. Second St., Suite 235
Reno, NV 89503

Osher Foundation

Based in San Francisco, the Bernard Osher Foundation has supported higher education and the arts since its founding in 1977 by community leader Bernard Osher. It awards annual operational grants of $100,000 for up to three years to strengthen existing lifelong learning programs on campuses across the country. The foundation also has given endowments of as much as $1 million to several universities demonstrating exceptional success in serving the educational needs of lifelong learners. For news from around the OLLI network and news of general interest to people involved with OLLI visit their current e-Newsletter online at the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


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