Lifelong Learning in North Carolina’s High Country

High Country Lifelong Learners (HCLL) presents stimulating educational and cultural programs in an informal environment. Based in Boone, NC and offered to those in the northwestern mountains of NC, this community of adult learners is a member-run organization, and our enriching programs are offered at no charge.

Most of our programs are held at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A, in Boone, NC.


Lectures, workshops, movies, hikes and more

From astronomy to water colors, program topics are varied. Field trips and nature hikes to nearby locations are also on the schedule.

Our volunteer planning board organizes and coordinates educational lectures, workshops, outings and trips for adults in the High Country. Speakers represent a wide range of professional areas and give presentations on topics as diverse as history, archeology, beer fermentation and advertising. Field trips include area nature hikes, theater trips, and opportunities to learn from and assist local naturalists and other scientists. We also hold workshops, book discussions, art classes, and monthly movies.

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A beautiful setting enriched with art, science and academic resources

HCLL enjoys the benefits of being located near a public university, a private college and a community college in an area rich with arts and cultural offerings, and a setting that offers both natural beauty and bountiful opportunities for ecological and scientific study.

Our programs are taught by a wide variety of community professionals, including local and regional government and business leaders, as well as current and retired faculty from Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College and Caldwell Community College.

Program Costs
Our programs are free of charge – although expenses associated with trips and offsite events are paid by participants.

To be added to our mailing list
Send an email with your name to high.country.lifelong@gmail.com.