For those who are always hungry to learn, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) serves several courses to satisfy everyone’s eclectic tastes. And one of the best things about going back to school at OLLI is that there are no prerequisites, no tests and no final grades. It’s all about just learning for the fun of it.

OLLI is offered through the University of South Carolina Beaufort, and during this past summer classes were held in-person and conducted through Zoom, or available through the OnDemand OLLI course library.

Bernard Osher, the “O” in OLLI, founded the Bernard Osher Foundation in 1977 with the goal to improve the quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.

Non-credit educational opportunities are specifically designed for Lowcountry residents age 50 and older. Subjects range from history, ecology, art and culture, and the culinary arts through community interest, government, literature, science, personal growth and more.

This fall, enrollees can flit among the flowers, travel through history, and produce a delectable dish of chicken parmigiana.

Raising butterflies is a passion for many residents, and “Lowcountry Butterflies at the Coastal Discovery Museum” has everything you need to know about our butterflies, their life cycles, and specific host plants. Discover how simple it is to create your own butterfly garden, and learn how to increase butterfly numbers in the wild.

“Street Names of Hilton Head: Pathways to the Past” uncovers mysteries of place names and history on the island. Discover the streets and the particular significance of their names as they relate to historical happenings and people from yesteryear.

If cooking is your thing, and Italian favorites are your passion, check out the “Chicken Parmigiana Cooking Demonstration.” Learn how to make the ever-popular and lovable dish into a truly delicious version that you will be proud to serve.

An OLLI open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the new USCB Hospitality Management Campus on Hilton Head Island. The event will include a tour of the campus, including the beverage lab, the state-of-the-art kitchen, and an in-person course titled “9/11 – A Personal Account” with Maj. Gen. Craig Wheldon, U.S. Army (Retired) held in the campus OLLI classroom.

The USCB Hilton Head Island Campus is at 1 Sand Shark Drive (off Office Park Drive), on the island’s south end. For more information on OLLI visit

Gwyneth J. Saunders is a veteran journalist and freelance writer living in Bluffton.