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OLLI Sedona presents ‘A Virtual River Trip Through the Grand Canyon’


Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney


Originally Published: August 18, 2020 11:13 a.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic cannot stop us from learning.

Join OLLI Sedona-Verde Valley Online for “A Virtual River Trip Through the Grand Canyon,” a slide illustrated adventure, as we journey down the Colorado River for 280 miles through the Grand Canyon.

The emphasis will be on the many geologic features seen on what is normally a 7- to 16-day trip. Class members will explore a few of the archaeological sites along the river.

Register now for this fund raising event, which is open to all, at a cost of only $15 (additional gifts are welcome) which will be on Thursday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m., via Zoom. 

Wayne Ranney is an award-winning author, river and trail guide, geologist and educator who inspires residents and visitors of the Colorado Plateau with his words and descriptions.

He is a former back country ranger at Grand Canyon National Park and attained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from Northern Arizona University.

He is the co-author of “Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau,” which takes readers on a virtual time machine tour across the stupendous Plateau landscape.

He lives in Flagstaff with his wife Helen and is also the author of “Carving Grand Canyon,” “Sedona Through Time,” and “Defining the Colorado Plateau: A Geologic Perspective.” 

Note that this virtual visit to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is being presented in part as a fundraiser for OLLI Sedona-Verde Valley. Your support will help us continue to offer engaging opportunities for lifelong learning. For more information and to register, please go to: www.yc.edu/OLLISVfundraiser. 

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Online offers academic, not-for-credit programs for adults 50 years old or older. OLLI at Sedona-Verde Valley is a program of the Division of Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College.

All Lifelong Learning courses, including OLLI at Sedona-Verde Valley, will be offered online for Fall 2020.

If the opportunity is present for on campus learning, face to face classes will be added. For information about OLLI at Sedona-Verde Valley, contact Linda Shook, Associate Dean Sedona Center and OLLI Director Sedona•Verde Valley, 928-649-4275, ollisv@yc.edu or visit the website at yc.edu/ollisedonaverde.