Community Education

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    Community Education

    Northark's Community Education program features fall, spring and summer classes in a variety of subjects ranging from art to finances to computers. The Community Education Department also hosts workshops throughout the year as well as camps for middle school and high school students.

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    Community Education

    Northark's Community Education program features fall, spring and summer classes in a variety of subjects ranging from art to finances to computers. The Community Education Department also hosts workshops throughout the year as well as camps for middle school and high school students.

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Special Interest


Hunters Education      

Instructor: Wayne Cone

To hunt in Arkansas, prior completion of a state approved Hunter Education course is mandatory for any person with a birth date later than December 31, 1968. Youngsters (under 16 years) under the direct supervision of a licensed adult (over 21 years) do not need to have a card. This one-day class is structured to acquaint students with the many wildlife oriented recreational opportunities and recreational shooting sports available. The program is administered through the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and is taught by trained volunteers.   

4 students needed for the course to make.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 8AM-5PM, FREE; REGISTER


New Testament   

Instructor: James Bryant        

This course studies the development of the Christian Church as seen through the Teachings of Jesus through the Gospels, the history through Acts, and the major themes found in the Epistles and the Book of Revelation. Please bring a Bible to class.  

5 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday’s, Oct. 19-Nov. 30, 7-9PM, $80; REGISTER




Prep Cooking for the Family

Instructor: Sharla Hellen        

Do you work all day, come home at night, and wish your dinner was already cooked? Well now you can!  In this class, you will learn the basics of confidently cooking and/or preparing large and small quantities of crockpot meals AHEAD of time, then freezing to use when you want to!  Just think – you can now come home from a busy day at work to an already cooked meal for your family.  The course cost includes two prepared meals to stick in your freezer!  Recipes, tips, and tricks will be shared.  Actual meal prep will occur during this session; so, please bring an apron and a cooler.  

4 students needed for the course to make.

Monday, Oct. 16, 5:30-7:30PM, $ ; REGISTER

Money & Finances

The Essentials of Estate Planning  

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale, Kelsey Bardwell, Cathy Golden, and Rodney Arnold         

Estate planning can be a complex undertaking involving complicated legal documents, numerous tax considerations, and difficult personal decisions. This class explains the basics of estate planning and helps prepare attendees to make informed decisions when creating their own plan. You will learn the benefits of estate planning; examine important planning tools, such as wills and trusts; and discuss how to turn one’s estate over to another person.  Layne Ragsdale is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with 11 years of experience in helping people make better financial decisions.  She is a graduate from College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO and the owner of The Nest Financial in Harrison AR.  Kelsey Bardwell and Cathy Golden of the Harrison law firm of Sprott, Golden and Bardwell will also participate. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA /SIPC. Sprott, Golden and Bardwell, The Nest Financial and LPL Financial are unaffiliated entities.

5 students needed for the course to make.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30-9:30PM, FREE; REGISTER


Fitness & Health


Easy Does It Yoga        

Instructor: Asha Ravari 

Come and learn how to move gently and easily in Easy Does It Yoga.  The simple movements in this course will provide relaxation to your mind as well as release tension from your body, freeing up the restrictions in your joints.  Through both chair and standing exercise, you will learn how to breathe in a way to relax and calm your mind.  Whether you sit at a desk, work outside, suffer from chronic pain, or practice yoga daily this class is for you.      

5 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2-3PM, FREE; REGISTER

Thursday’s, Oct. 19-Nov. 9, 2-3PM, $65; REGISTER


Arts & Hobbies

Birds, Bees, and Butterflies – Creating a Nature Friendly Yard.   

Instructor: Tom Krohn  

Nature is all around us! Come and learn more about why nature is important, why it is in trouble, and actions you can take in your own yard to help.  

6 students needed for the course to make.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30PM, FREE; REGISTER


Make Money with your Photography in your Spare time   

Instructor: Eli Vega       

In this highly interactive course, you will realize how close the opportunities are to make a little extra money doing something you love to do. You will learn to identify your specialties; how to deal with the myth of “the competition factor,” how to market your photography and find the markets that are right for you; pricing; copyrights; model and property releases; and more. If you have ever thought of making money with your photography in your spare time, but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you.          

4 students needed for the course to make.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 9AM-5PM, $75; REGISTER


Photography Intermediate - Shooting Beyond the Snapshot       

Instructor: Crystal Earl 

If you know the basics of photography - proper exposure, composition, and lighting, and you want to push yourself to the next level, then this is the class for you. You will explore the different elements of photography including landscape, portraits, night shots, stop action/long exposure, and more. Please bring your camera to class - film or digital. The Monday class will not meet on October 9th.         

6 students needed for the course to make.

Tuesday’s, Oct. 24-Nov. 8, 9:30AM-12:30PM, $99; REGISTER


Photography Advanced - Learning from your Critiques      

Instructor: Crystal Earl 

Looking to push your photography further, but not sure what to do? Join Crystal for weekly assignments and peer critiques designed to help you take your photography skills to the next level. Basic or Intermediate classes are not prerequisites, but basic photography knowledge is preferred.         

6 students needed for the course to make.

Monday’s, Oct. 30-Nov. 27, 5:30-8:30PM, $85; REGISTER


Buffalo River

Buffalo River Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR/AED     

Instructor: Tom Burroughs     

The BLS course provides a professional level CPR/AED certification for those who work in the healthcare field or for those who otherwise require it for their jobs. This level of certification is required for the WFR and EMT-W upgrade certifications. This specific program provides the standard BLS training and provides additional in-depth training concerning outdoor specific emergencies and wilderness protocols.

Successful completion results in a two year BLS certification from ASHI.

The minimum age requirement for this course is 16 (or special permission).

3 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2-7PM, $50; REGISTER


Buffalo River Re-Certification Current WFR & EMT-W's    

Instructor: Tom Burroughs     

This course allows participants who hold a WFR certification no more than 3 years old (original certifying course has to have been a Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) minimum standard 72+hr course) to update their skills and knowledge to current standards and participate in numerous scenarios that will reinforce their original training. Buffalo River Steel Creek Facility       

2 students needed for the course to make.

Fri-Sun, Dec. 15-17, 8:00AM-5:30PM, $275; REGISTER


Buffalo River Wilderness EMT Upgrade   

Instructor: Tom Burroughs     

The WFR course can be taken by currently certified (state or National Registry) EMTs to upgrade their certification to EMT-W (Wilderness). They will go through the standard WFR course and will receive additional training as well. Successful completion will result in the Wilderness EMT certification.

6 students needed for the course to make.

Sat-Sun, Dec. 9-17, 9:00AM-5:30PM, $495; REGISTER


Buffalo River Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Instructor: Tom Burroughs     

This two-day course immerses participants in basic wilderness medicine procedures, preparing individuals to take immediate action when an outdoor activity doesn't go as planned and 911 responders are hours away. Time is split between interactive classroom sessions and hands-on field scenarios to prepare participants and help them quickly develop basic backcountry medical care skills. The course focus is on patient assessment, stabilization and emergency treatment of issues such as hypothermia and snakebites, as well as understanding of when and how to attempt evacuation. Participants will emerge capable of calmly responding to a wide variety of emergency situations.   

6 students needed for the course to make.

Sat-Sun, Oct 7-8, 8:00AM-5:30PM, $175; REGISTER


Buffalo River Wilderness First Responder (WFR)       

Instructor: Tom Burroughs     

This course is designed to provide outdoor professionals such as rangers, guides, outdoor educators and search and rescue personnel with the skills to manage complex medical challenges in the backcountry. While this certification is required for many outdoor professions, it is also sought out by backpackers, cavers, paddlers and wilderness expedition members as well as anyone who spends time working/living in remote areas. Taught by medical professionals who possess decades of actual hands-on professional back country medical and rescue experience, the WFR course is an intensive 80 hour program that will challenge you both physically and mentally. The focus is on more than just trauma; it covers long-term management of sickness and serious health problems when quick evacuation and outside help is not an option. Time is split between hands-on medical training, lecture, discussion and both day and night field scenarios, which all blend together into a learning experience that has no equal. Intensive hands on training and the development of solid ""critical judgment"" is the foundation for the program. The WFR certification is recognized nationwide and will give you skills for life. Successful completion results in the nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder certification from OSRE/ASHI. Certification period is for two years, with recertification required before the end of the third year.

A healthcare provider level BLS CPR/AED certification is required prior to final certification. If needed, this certification is available on day six of the WFR course for a small additional fee.

6 students needed for the course to make.

Sat-Sun, Dec 9-17, 9:00AM-5:30PM, $495; REGISTER


Hiking Hemmed-in Hollow   

Instructor: Schan Weisman    

The hike to Hemmed-in Hollow is sure to take your breath away.  The sandstone bluffs along the Buffalo River greet you as you finish the 1400 ft. decent down the mountain.  The trail opens to show the beauty of the Buffalo River and Ozark Mountains.  The highlight of the hike is the Hemmed-in Hollow falls that cascade nearly 210 feet off the Ozark Bluffs.  This hike will include a steep climb out of the valley.          

6 students needed for the course to make.

Sunday, Oct. 15, 10AM, $35; REGISTER

Computers, Technology, and Professional Development

Excel Formulas  

Instructor:  Rhonda Williams Byrd   

How do I put strings of text together or take strings of text apart? How do I change the case of text? How do I round numbers? How do I show formulas in cells? How do I tell how many cells in a range contain numbers, text, or are blank? How can I begin a number with a zero? If you have ever wondered these things, or have wanted to learn more about Excel formulas, this is the class for you! This half-day class is devoted to learning more about the formulas that are built-in to Excel, and how to use them to make your date more efficient. For Moderate to Proficient Excel users.    

5 students needed for the course to make.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 8:30AM-12:30PM, $99; REGISTER


Excel Level III     

Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd    

This course covers how to use Excel for a variety of problem-solving tasks including using Excel as a database; utilizing conditional formatting; data validation; the data series and the Data Table; outlining and subtotaling; Paste Special with calculations; consolidating; programmatic formulas including VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, ISERROR, and nested IF statements with AND & OR; and Pivot Tables and Charts. Excel Levels II and III can be taken in any order. One-hour lunch break.         

5 students needed for the course to make.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 8:30AM-3:30PM, $99; REGISTER


Excel Macros      

Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd    

This course covers automating everyday tasks in Excel. Included are the Developer Tab in the Ribbon; recording, editing and deleting Macros; creating Macro buttons; Macros in a database setting; beginning VBA using the Visual Basic code window. Students attending this class should be advanced Office users. One-hour lunch break. 

5 students needed for the course to make.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 8:30AM-3:30PM, $99; REGISTER


Grant Writing Tips       

Instructor: Jo McEntire 

Does the idea of receiving grant funds excite you? Have you entertained the idea of writing a grant, but the task seems daunting? Join Jo McEntire for an overview of the grant writing process, along with tips, tricks (and secrets) to grant writing. This is an introductory workshop for the beginning grant writer. You will be introduced to terminology, research, planning, proposal sections, writing tips, and more. If you have a passion to make something good happen this workshop will point you in the right direction. One-hour lunch break.     

4 students needed for the course to make.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 9AM-4PM, $45; REGISTER


Grant Writing Level 1  

Instructor: Jo McEntire 

Writing a good grant application is not easy, but with a few tips on planning and terminology, most anyone can do it. Designed for the beginner, this workshop covers the basics of identifying and applying for grants, terminology, planning, strategizing, and actually writing the grant.  Those who have already taken the Grant Writing Tips course should not take this course.   

5 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 8AM-3PM, $30; REGISTER


Grant Writing Level 2  

Instructor: Jo McEntire 

Building on your skills in Grant Writing Level 1, this workshop allows you to delve deeper into the different parts of the application, logic models, and evaluation. You’ll also learn helpful time-saving tips and tricks.  

5 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 8AM-3PM, $30; REGISTER


Grant Writing Level 3  

Instructor: Jo McEntire 

You will explore the finer points of the grant application in greater detail. Jo will share her tips and things-to-watch-for when writing grant applications. You will also learn more about building a logic model and turning it into a budget and work plan.

5 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 8AM-3PM, $30; REGISTER


Grant Writing Level 4  

Instructor: Jo McEntire 

In this hand’s on workshop, you can complete small grant applications with Jo by your side. This is your opportunity to put your skills to work, ask questions, and coordinate with an expert on those unexpected issues. You will leave with the confidence and skills you need to start writing grants on your own!    

5 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 8AM-3PM, $30; REGISTER


Using Windows 10       

Instructor: Ryan Hoffman       

Get familiar with Windows 10 by learning the interface, file system, and new features. Setup your PC so it is secure and behaves the way you want it to. By the end of this class you’ll know what’s new with Windows 10, be able to navigate the interface, learn basic file management and have your computer setup so it is secure. Students taking this class should already have a good understanding of basic computer terminology and function. It is encouraged to bring your Windows 10 tablet or laptop to class.   

4 students needed for the course to make.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:15-7:15PM, $15; REGISTER



Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd    

Microsoft Word is not just for typing letters anymore! You can publish newsletters, greeting cards, business logos, and many other things from your desktop using Word. Learn formatting shortcuts, layout designs, customizing images, and much more. You need only be comfortable with a computer and mouse. 

5 students needed for the course to make.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8:30AM-3:30PM, $99; REGISTER