Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

UD by the Sea

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

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

Kick off your summer with a fun learning event at UD by the Sea!

May 21-24, 2024 (Tuesday through Friday)
Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center
1 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Registration for this event is now closed. We hope to see you at UD by the Sea!

Designed by and for OLLI members, UD by the Sea provides OLLI members and guests with programming, activities and social time in Rehoboth Beach. Registration is open to the public, as well as all past and current OLLI members and guests!

Event sponsors invited — click here for details!


Join us at UD by the Sea for:

  • Attendance at two days of topical programs with guest speakers
  • A choice of seven educational programming tracks
  • Opening reception with entertainment and cash bar
  • Buffet breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday mornings; continental breakfast on Friday morning
  • Games and social activities
  • Fun at the beach, new memories and friends!

Participants choose from the following learning tracks:

  • History by the Sea — Explore historic Lewes via tours, lectures and a cruise down the Lewes Rehoboth Canal. Expert guides share the history of the British DeBraak shipwreck and present the homes in Shipcarpenter Square. This track also includes a trip to the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station, and a visit to a restored World War II control tower.
  • Wild About Horticulture — Can’t get enough nature? This nature walk features excursions to the James Farm Preserve, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, Brittingham Farms and Delaware Botanic Gardens. A visit to a beautiful community garden and presentation provided by a Delaware Master Gardener completes this adventure.
  • Foreign Affairs — Explore international issues facing the world today. Experts in the fields of academia, foreign service and possibly the U.S. military share their insight into foreign policy.
  • Dela-Where? — How much do you know about Delaware’s culture, history, environment and government? Delaware may be small, but there’s a lot going on in this little gem. Whether a native or new to the area, you’ll be fascinated by engaging presentations and a trip to Cape Henlopen Park.
  • Coastal Culinary Extraordinaire — Does visiting a demonstration kitchen, sampling wines and enjoying music sound appealing? Visit Brick Works Brewing and Eats, enjoy gourmet pizza and learn the secrets of that good brew accompanying your delicious lunch. Expect this and more on this feast of a track! (An additional $40 fee is applicable for this track, to cover the cost of food.)
  • Environmental Science — Enjoy fascinating presentations all about the local environment. A visit to The College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware kicks off this amazing session. Discover the many labs located in the Cannon Lab Building, including the Robotics Discovery Laboratory. This track also features visits to oyster hatcheries and a wind turbine as well as a tour of the historic Lightship Overfalls.
  • Craftastic — Get that creativity going and have some fun while making various craft projects. Experts demonstrate how to make jewelry, baskets, collages, mixed media and more, and guide participants as they make their own! (An additional $25 fee is applicable for this track, to cover the cost of materials.)
  • Tracks with offsite components include bus transportation, are held rain or shine and can require walking on trails and unpaved surfaces. Moderate individual mobility required.

Health and safety guidelines

Full vaccination strongly recommended — While OLLI or UD by the Sea participants are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend in-person classes or events, UD and OLLI strongly recommend that all OLLI members, volunteers, visitors and staff remain up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How to register

    • UD by the Sea registration fee —
      • $225/person (active OLLI members: OLLI members are considered active if they registered for UD OLLI membership during the fall 2023 or spring 2024 semesters)
      • $250/person (guest rate or non-OLLI-member rate: limit of one guest registration per OLLI member)
      • There is an additional $40 fee for the Coastal Culinary Extraordinaire track and an additional fee of $25 for the Craftastic track.
      • Registration fee does not include hotel accommodations.
    • Prior OLLI participation is not necessary in order to register for UD by the Sea.
    • Select your desired program track when you register. Space is limited per track and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Payment is required upon registration.
    • Registration is now closed. We hope to see you at UD by the Sea 2024!

Refund and cancellation policy — For registrants wishing to cancel their UD by the Sea registration, a full refund is available for written requests received through March 31, 2024. After this date, the refund amount will be 50% of the total amount paid for UD by the Sea registration. In case of cancellation requests due to illness, an exception to the policy can be made. Neither the University of Delaware or the OLLI program is responsible for any costs incurred as a result of program cancellation or schedule changes. All refund requests must be made in writing.

Atlantic Sands Rehoboth
Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center, 1 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del. 19971


Participants are responsible for accommodations, with the option to make reservations directly with the Atlantic Sands Hotel, or other lodging arrangements if desired. It is not recommended for participants to make any hotel arrangements before their UD by the Sea registration is confirmed. 

UD by the Sea registrants receive discounted room rates at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and should make reservations directly with the Atlantic Sands Hotel following registration confirmation. Participants may make other lodging arrangements if desired.

The discounted room rate is $139 per night (single or double occupancy) and participants will receive the UD by the Sea Event Discount Code to share with the hotel after registration for UD by the Sea. At that time, reservations should be made directly with the hotel by calling 302-227-2511. 

For more information

For questions or additional details about this event, email trishd@udel.edu or call 302-645-4111.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Beebe Healthcare logo        Lee Ann Wilkinson Group     Long & Foster, Carol Materniak sponsor logo  Juniper Village at Newark



Sponsors invited

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We invite you to join us and help support this exceptional program and social event.