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Leisure Learning

Leisure Learning Classes

Hocking College offers a variety of leisure learning classes that are focused on creating a rich, creative environment that inspires life-long learning. Classes are hands-on, fun and educational! Whether you are continuing your education, learning a new skill, or investigating a new hobby, Leisure Learning offers something for everyone!

These affordable non-credit classes are held in various locations both on the Hocking College campus and in the surrounding community. Anyone is welcome — you do not have to be a Hocking College student or employee to participate.

Are you interested in teaching a leisure learning class? We are always looking for new classes. If you have a skill or knowledge you would like to share, contact Michelle Robinson, Development Officer by phone at  740.753.7132 or by email at  leisurelearning@hocking.edu.


Spring Classes 

pruningPruning Fruit & Nut Trees 101

  • Sunday, March 3, 10AM — 1PM
  • Sunday, March 10, 11AM - 2PM
  • Location: Solid Ground Farm (3/3) &  Randolph Mitchel House (3/10)
  • Cost: $25
  • Description: Hocking College Adjunct Faculty Instructor & Owner of Solid Ground Farm, Weston Lombard, will lead this hands-on course for pruning fruit & nut trees. The class will cover pruning strategies for trees of all ages and sizes, the timing of cutting, and preferred tree forms for various species, tool use and maintenance, and other aspects of tree care. Participants can choose from one of the two class dates listed above. 

 Register Here

nico-bhlr-1061626-unsplashCooking Class: A Taste of Bourbon Street

  • Saturday, March 2, 3PM — 6PM
  • Location: The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764

  • Cost: $75
  • Description: Take a food tour down Bourbon Street with this
    Mardi Gras-inspired cooking class. Our chef instructor will take you through the creation of fantastic Mardi Gras recipes including:

  • Fried oysters
  • Seafood & sausage gumbo
  • Jambalaya
  • Beignets
  • Bananas foster 
    (NOTE: Class size is limited to 16 people and must have a minimum of 10 participants to run.) 

 Register Here

apple_crumbleCooking Class: St. Patty's Day Dishes

  • Saturday, March 16, 3PM — 6PM
  • Location: The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $75
  • Description: Come celebrate the Irish holiday by baking some of their notorious dishes. Participants will cook small meat-filled pies, potato and cheese rolls, roast leg of lamb seasoned with rosemary and garlic, creamed peas over new potatoes, and Guinness apple crumble.

    Not big into alcohol? Don't worry, it cooks out. (NOTE: Class must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.)

 Register Here

h2owlsSlideLifeguardAmerican Red Cross — Lifeguard Training & Certification

  • Thursday, March 21 • 6 PM — 8 PM
  • Sunday, March 24 • 4 PM — 8 PM
  • Tuesday, March 26 • 6 PM — 9 PM
  • Thursday, March 28 • 6 PM — 9 PM
  • Sunday, March 31 • 6 PM — 9 PM
  • Tuesday, April 2 • 6 PM — 9PM
  • Thursday, April 4 • 6 PM — 9 PM
  • Sunday, April 7 • 6 PM — 9 PM
  • Tuesday, April 8 • 6 PM — 8 PM

  • Location: Hocking College Student Center (3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $235
  • Description: Hocking College & the American Red Cross are teaming up to offer lifeguarding certification training, just in time to get you trained and ready for your summer job! This class provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies, as well as to provide care for breathing & cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Classes will include an online portion and testing. (NOTE: Participants must be at least 15 years of age. Hocking College students may be eligible for scholarships.)

Register Here

pexels-photo-401800Introduction to Welding — MIG

  • Saturday, March 23, 9AM — 1PM
  • Location: Hocking College Welding Lab (30140 Iles Rd, Logan, OH 43138)
  • Cost: $75
  • Description: The Hocking College Welding Lab is offering a 4-hour Welding 'MIG' class for the hobbyist or artist who wants to learn how to weld as a craft or occupation.

    This class will introduce the student to 'MIG', GMAW welding. During this class, students will learn how to safely set up and start the welding machine, choose the correct gas, wire, voltage, and wire speed for the application. Students will also have the opportunity to learn techniques on a Lincoln Electric virtual welding simulation machine. Each student will have the opportunity to complete two small project pieces to take home with them.

    Cost is $75 per participant and includes all tools & equipment. Class size is limited to 15 and participants must be 18+. (NOTE: Class must have at least 8 participants to run.)

 Register Here


lisa-hobbs-496188-unsplashIntroduction to Herbal Healing

  • Wednesday, April 10, 6-8PM
  • Saturday, April 13, 1-3PM
  • Wednesday, April 24, 6-8PM
  • Saturday, April 27, 1-3PM
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6-8PM
  • Saturday, May 11, 1-3PM
  • Sunday, May 12, 2-4PM*
  • Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 PM
  • Saturday, May 25, 1-3PM
  • Wednesday, June 5, 6-8PM
  • Saturday, June 8, 1-3PM
  • Location: The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $35 per class | $150 for 5 classes (Cost includes instruction & supplies)
  • Description: This Leisure Learning class will explore the theories and philosophies of healing, as well as the perspectives of allopathic medicine and a holistic approach. Classes will take place on Wednesdays (6-8 PM) and Saturdays (1-3 PM) at The Lodge.
  • Gypsy Cold Care | April 10 & 13 
    Attune to the seasons and assist the body in adapting to these changes. Sample tea and remedies historically used to ease those winter sniffles like rosehip jam, elderberry syrup and pickled garlic. 

  • Herbal First Aid | April 24 & 27
    Experience various plant remedies that might be included in a green first aid kit – herbs, teas, tinctures, salves, essential oils, homeopathic medicine, and flower essences. Learn about items commonly found in a first aid kit.  

  • Tea Time | May 8 & 11
    Indulge in a traditional “cuppa” with classical finger foods while learning interesting facts about the camellia sinensis plant- history, brewing, processing and health benefits. Enjoy the delights of afternoon tea.

  • The Herbal Bath | May 22 & 25 
    There's nothing more relaxing than a warm, aromatic bath infused with herbs and essential oils. Learn how to make bath bags, bath salts, and bath/massage oils and take home a few items for your own soaking pleasure. 

  • Kitchen Cosmetics | June 5 & 8
    Pamper yourself with simple, inexpensive beauty aids that impart a radiant glow from the inside out. Bring a towel and something to hold your hair back so you can participate in the process of natural skin.

 — Register Here —

  • Mother’s Day Tea at Wabi Wellness Center | May 12 (2-4 PM)
    Join a community herbalist, Cindy Parker, as we celebrate motherhood with a fancy afternoon tea party. In addition to sipping tea, delight in dainty sandwiches, green salad, fruit trifle, and decadent chocolate torte, served on Fostoria etched glass.

    Cost is $30, but a $5 discount is available to those who register for the 5-class series. Space for this class is limited, so those interested in attending must RSVP to Cindy at hhherbals@yahoo.com.


Introduction to Kayaking

  • Thursday, April 18, 6PM — 8PM
  • Thursday, April 25, 6PM — 8PM
  • Thursday, May 2, 6PM — 8PM

  • Location: Hocking College Student Center (3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $75
  • Description: Get ready for spring with this introduction to kayaking class held in the comfort of an indoor pool. Hocking College Faculty Instructor & American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor, Scott Kreps, will introduce participants to river and flat-water kayaking in the safety of a controlled environment. With an emphasis on 'challenge by choice', participants can expect to improve their comfort level in & under water; learn & refine paddling strokes; engage in self and assisted rescues; and expand personal skill levels with (rolls, strokes, braces, etc.).  No experience is needed, just come prepared to learn and have fun. (NOTE: This is a 3-part series class.)

Register Here

car-111812_1920How To Pull, Back, & Park A Trailer

  • Saturday, May 4, 9AM — 1PM
  • Location: Hocking College (3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $50
  • Description: Do you have a large trailer that's difficult to park? CDL instructor Elizabeth Gardner is offering hands-on training to learn how to pull, back, and park a trailer. Participants can bring their own trailer or they can use one that's available for the class.

 Register Here

moonshineDistilling 101

  • Saturday, May 4, 9:30AM — 12:30PM
  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Location: Hocking College Distillery (105 W. Main St., New Straitsville, OH)
  • Cost: $135
  • Description: Join us at the New Straitsville Distillery (105 W. Main Street) for a fun and informative hands-on learning experience about how moonshine is made, the different types, and the history of the process. This class will cover the use of raw materials, the principles of distillation during a bourbon run, the production of craft spirits, and a sensory tasting. This 2-session beginner class will walk you through the process of distilling corn into Bourbon, or as we call it, Moonshine.

Participants must be 21+. Those interested in participating can register here. (NOTE: Class is limited to 12 and must have a minimum of 8.)

 Register Here

Morels-foundMorel & Ramp Hike  + Cooking Class

  • Saturday, May 4, 10AM — 4PM
  • Location: Hocking College (3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $65
  • Description: Biologist and Ecologist, Homer Elliott, will guide participants on a walk through the foothills of Appalachia in search of morel and ramp. Homer will guide you through the forest while discussing the fundamentals of edible mushrooms and wild onions. You'll learn about the ecosystem, terrain, and other clues to increase the likelihood of finding edibles.

    After working up an appetite from the forest hike, participants will gather for a cooking demonstration led by Master Chef Vincenzo Sclama at The Lodge. Chef Sclama will share delicious recipes that incorporate the morel and ramp, as well as information about proper handling, storing, and cooking edibles. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience! (NOTE: Class limited to 12 and must have a minimum of 8 to run. Date subject to change for the optimum foray.)

 Register Here

chocolate-2224998_1920Mother's Day Sweets: Homemade Turtle & Caramel

  • Saturday, May 4, 10AM — 12PM
  • Location: The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $35
  • Description: Just in time for Mother's Day, surprise your mom with your candy-making skills in this sweet baking class. Instructor Elizabeth Dennis will share her coveted family recipe for homemade turtles, which also includes a homemade caramel that she cooks for an entire day! Students will make 2 dozen turtles and will receive a gift package to make it that special gift for mom.

 Register Here

baked pieCooking Class: Making & Baking Pies

  • Saturday, June 15, 9:30AM — 1:30PM
  • Location: The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
  • Cost: $55
  • Description: Join Chef Susanna Krutsch for a cooking class suitable for all pie enthusiasts! Chef Susie will teach you her tips and tricks to make spectacular pies, and all students will leave with two pies to take home to share with family & friends. (NOTE: Class limited to 12 and must have a minimum of 8 to run.) 

 Register Here

Summer Classes 

Italian Pasta Noodles

Cooking Class: Italian Pasta Making

  • Saturday, July 20, 9:30AM — 2:30PM
  • Location: The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764)
    Cost: $55
  • Description: Bring Italy to you with this Leisure Learning pasta making class! Participants in this class will dive deep into regional Italian pasta, making several types of dough from scratch. You'll learn how to use a pasta roller, as well as how to create rustic shapes by hand. On top of that, we'll dress up the pasta with divine homemade sauces and summer vegetables.(NOTE: Class is limited to 12 and must have a minimum of 8 to run.)

 Register Here

Registering For Classes

Four Ways to Register

Registering is quick and easy with four registering options to choose from so as not to interrupt your busy life! You may register for a course up to five days prior to that course’s start date. This gives us time to prepare for your class and ensures all supplies and materials are ready and available at class time.  

1) Online

To register for a class, click the 'Registration Form' button above. You may select additional classes once inside the registration portal. Register online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a major credit card. All transactions are secure and your receipt will be sent to you. Registration forms may be emailed to leisurelearning@hocking.edu.

2) By Phone

To register by phone simply call the Michelle Robinson at  740.753.7132 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone registration requires the use of major credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. 

3) In Person

Visit the Cashier’s Office in the Student Services Concourse on the first floor of Light Hall on Hocking College’s Main Campus. You may register in person between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

If registering in person, payment is required by cash, check, money order, or a major credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. 

4) By Mail

Complete the Leisure Learning form and mail it to: 

Hocking College — Cashier’s Office
ATTN: Michelle Robinson
3301 Hocking Parkway,
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Registration Form

Leisure Learning Policies


Hocking College reserves the right to repeal, change or amend rules, regulations and fees; to withdraw, add to or modify courses listed within; and to change instructor assignments. Registration for every class will close five days prior to that class’s start date in order for the instructor to prepare material for students. Each class has a minimum (floor) and maximum (ceiling) capacity of participants. If the minimum is not reached, the College has the right to cancel the class. If the decision is made to cancel, a full refund will be issued to those who have registered. If maximum is reached, registrants exceeding the maximum capacity will be offered to be placed on a wait list and will be contacted upon an opening. If a student is placed on a wait list, no money is due until the space is available.

Cancellation Policy

  • In the event that Hocking College cancels class, a full refund will be issued to any participants registered for said class.
  • In order to cancel registration for a full refund, participants must withdraw from the class within five business days of the first day of class. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit of all fees paid relating to registration, materials, and instructor fees.
For additional information about Leisure Learning classes, please contact Michelle Robinson, Development Officer by phone at
740.753.7132 or by email at  leisurelearning@hocking.edu.

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