adventures in learning

Important Dates and Information

Wednesday, 12/23/2020 thru Tuesday, 1/5/2021
• AIL Office closed for CSC Winter Break

Wednesday, January 6
• AIL Office reopens

Monday, January 18
• Winter Term courses begin

Wednesday, February 17
• Lunch & Learn a noon- time presentation featuring Ken Tentarelli, AIL member, study leader and author of Malice in Milan. With a million books expected to be published this year, learn what it takes to join and get noticed in that crowded field.

Wednesday, March 17
• Lunch & Learn a noon- time presentation featuring Aaron Jenkyn, who will speak on Homeschooling during the pandemic, the lessons learned about education, community and intergenerational relationships.

Wednesday, April 17
• Lunch & Learn a noon- time presentation featuring The Rec. Cornelia Eaton, who will speak on the Dine’ (Navajo) view of creation, that all is interconnected and sacred.

Wednesday, May 19
• Lunch & Learn a noon- time presentation featuring AIL members and study leaders, Beverly Marshall and Steve Solomon, who will share photos and recount their experiences of their travels to South Africa in February and March of 2020.


At Adventures in Learning (AIL) we believe that education is a lifelong pursuit and that learning later means living greater. That's why we offer courses, lectures, trips and discussions throughout the year on a wide variety of topics, led by individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about a particular subject and who are willing to share that passion with others. No tests, no grades, no pressure -- just the joy of learning.

We invite you to join us!


The mission of Adventures in Learning is to provide a lifelong learning experience for adults with an interest in the world of ideas and who wish to continue their intellectual growth in an informal setting. AIL will achieve this mission by offering a diverse array of stimulating courses and programs throughout the year in the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region.


The AIL office is located in Colby Homestead, the white building on Main Street one driveway to the right of Chargers Road as you face the college. Facing Colby Homestead, the AIL entrance is on the far left of the building.


Individuals seeking lifelong education, intellectual stimulation and the rewards that come from education may join. Membership is open to the public and there are no academic prerequisites. Courses offered in the fall, winter and spring terms are for members only. For the summer term non-members can take courses, but at a slightly higher fee than members.

Spring Membership Special: February 1, 2021 June 30, 2021 for $60.00



The Spring 2021 Course Catalog is available for download or viewing online as a PDF.

The individuals who are drawn to the AIL program as course participants and as study leaders seek continued intellectual challenges but also come with a collective wealth of accumulated knowledge. Many have unique skills and professional experience to impart to their peers and thereby provide a ready-made “faculty” of volunteer study group leaders. Courses are non-credit and without exams and are offered over a three to four week or five to eight week period in the summer, fall, winter, and spring. The two-hour weekly, morning or afternoon class sessions are held in venues in New London and in surrounding towns.

Topics for study vary each term, and new courses are regularly created according to the interests and availability of qualified study group leaders. Subjects studied and discussed include history, literature, the sciences, international affairs, current events, and more. Within a very short time, AIL participants become friends in a relaxed learning atmosphere where they welcome and respect the ideas and opinions offered by their peers in discussions.



Study group leaders and their ideas for new AIL courses are always welcome. Please click on the link in left-hand bar on this page called "Curriculum/Study Group Leader Forms" to learn more about becoming a study leader for AIL.

The AIL web pages include information on membership, course catalogs, answers to frequently asked questions about AIL, the AIL newsletter, Horizons Extra, study leader information and much more. Please click on the links in the left-hand column for more information.

If you have questions, please contact the Adventures in Learning office via e-mail at or at:

Adventures in Learning
Colby-Sawyer College
Colby Homestead
541 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-3690