Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

UD by the Sea

UD by the Sea—A four-day OLLI event at Rehoboth Beach

May 19-22, 2020 (Tuesday through Friday)
Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center
1 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Designed by and for OLLI members, UD by the Sea provides OLLI members and guests with programming, activities and social time in Rehoboth Beach. UD by the Sea is sponsored by UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in partnership with UD’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

LEARN MORE — UD by the Sea 2019

Registration for UD by the Sea includes:

  • Attendance at two days of topical programs with guest speakers
  • A choice of five educational programming tracks
  • Opening reception with entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar on Tuesday evening
  • Buffet breakfast on Wednesday morning
  • Continental breakfast on Friday morning
  • Games and social activities
  • Fun, new memories and friends!

Attendees will participate in one of the following learning tracks:

  • Track 1 — Dela-Where? — Engaging speakers will present on a variety of subjects relating to Delaware’s culture, history, environment, government and other topics related to the state. How much to you know about Delaware’s fascinating history? Whether you are a native Delawarean, or new to the area, you will learn something new!
  • Track 2 — The Arts — We’ll pull back the curtain on Delaware’s thriving art scene, with visits from respected experts in music, theatre, dance, and fine arts. From production to programming and creativity to conservation, our speakers will share their stories, get your toes tapping and your minds engaged in all things ARTS!  
  • Track 3 — U.S. Foreign Policy and Relations Intrigue and intricacy abound in the realm of U.S. foreign policy and relations. We’ll explore international affairs issues currently facing the U.S. via sessions led by experts with extensive and insightful experience in the U.S. foreign service, academia and the U.S. military.
  • Track 4 — Horticulture: Gardens and Growers Experience some of Delaware’s finest horticultural gems and learn from gardeners and growers alike in this insightful, educational and nature-filled track. You’ll tour the two-acre meadow garden designed by renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf at the newly opened Delaware Botanic Garden at Pepper Creek. You’ll learn about hydroponics and Lavender Fields, visit the Delaware Master Gardeners demonstration gardens and Sussex County’s largest nursery, and even view nature’s beautiful gardens via boat. (This off-site program, which will involve bus transportation and walks on trails and unpaved surfaces, will require moderate individual mobility. Come prepared rain or shine. Field trip transportation provided.)
  • Track 5 — The First Town: Homes, Forts and Lighthouses  Explore how Lewes and the people who settled there have impacted the history of the area and the United States from the 17th century to today through its residents, structures, political positions and industries. Our tour of this First Town in the First State will feature visits to historic homes, forts, a lighthouse, a lifesaving station and a lightship, highlighted by amazing views from the East End Lighthouse and the Fire Tower. (This off-site program, which will involve bus transportation, walks on trails and unpaved surfaces, and OPTIONAL stair climbing in the East End Lighthouse and the Observation “Fire Tower” at Fort Miles, will require moderate individual mobility. Come prepared rain or shine. Field trip transportation provided.)

Registration requests begin January 15, 2020

Priority registration for UD by the Sea is awarded to active OLLI members and one guest. Members are considered active if they registered for either the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester in OLLI Kent County, OLLI Sussex County or OLLI Wilmington. Remaining open seats will be made available to the public in late February.

    • UD by the Sea registration — OLLI members — $125 per person
    • UD by the Sea registration — guests — $150 per person (limit of one guest registration per member)
    • Please note that the above rates are for the UD by the Sea program only and do not include hotel accommodations. See below for details about hotel accommodations.
    • REQUEST REGISTRATION – UD by the Sea 2020

Program tracks will be assigned by priority request using a lottery for OLLI members and their guests. OLLI will respond to all requests with either an invitation to register, or a waitlist position by mid-February. Those offered registration will have four days to respond and confirm their participation. Online payment for the program must be made at that time to reserve a seat. If registration is not confirmed, the registration invitation will expire and be used for the next request on the waitlist.

Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Accommodations at the Atlantic Sands

Participants are responsible for accommodations, with the option to make reservations directly with the Atlantic Sands Hotel immediately following registration confirmation, or may make other hotel arrangements if desired. Hotel room reservations are available at the Atlantic Sands for $120 per night per room. 

OLLI members and guests are strongly discouraged from booking hotel rooms before their program registration is confirmed in February.


If you have questions about the 2020 UD by the Sea, please contact Colleen Olexa at colexa@udel.edu, or call 302-573-4430.