In the spotlight

Kayaking on Muddy Creek, Witch of Pungo tale telling

Membership has its benefits

Learn more about ILR and the benefits of membership

First Friday Dog Walks

On April 7, five intrepid seniors and three greyhounds met behind the Shore Drive Food Lion for a pleasant walk through the Story by the Sea neighborhood. Although it was windy, we were able to use the neighborhood homes for shelter from the wind by walking between the trail and the Lynhaven River. 

Our next walk is at 10 AM, Friday May 5. See you there for a leisurely ramble and possible lunch at Shore Drive Taste. Please park in the trail parking located behind the Food Lion.

First Friday Dog Walk Map

Please park behind the store


The Institute for Learning in Retirement is an educational member organization planned and operated by and for individuals 55 years of age and older. There are over 300 such college-sponsored institutes and centers in the U. S. and we are one of the largest in Virginia. Sposored by Old Dominion University, our ILR began in 1993 with 15 interested members and it now has well over 700 active members.


Learn more about ILR and the benefits of membership by reading About ILR. 


If you are a member, For Members provides links to content frequently read by our members. Members interested in taking an active role in program planning should read Volunteering.


If you think you might be able to present a program to our members, For Presenters guides you through the process of pitching and presenting a program.

Full Classes and Programs

A number of ILR activities fill up quickly and close to registration. The title text is a link to the page listing our programs closed to additional registrations. Please call the office (757-368-4160) to ask if space has opened up before sending in your registration for these activities. Thank you.

ILR events are open to all members. Paid registration is required

ILR offers all programs a la carte. Members register for individual classes or events each quarter. Payment (check or cash) is required with registration. We accept registrations until the day of a class, as long as there is space available. Events, which include trips, have prior registration deadlines which are noted on the Course Schedule and Registration form.


Are we open?

ILR is normally open from 9:30 AM  to 3:30 on days when ODU is open.

ILR follows ODU holidays and weather closings.

Phone: 757 368-4160

Map and Directions

Recent News

March 13, 2017
Registration should be arriving by March 17. Spring registration begins on Monday 13 March. 
November 22, 2016
In early November LR mailed the 2017 Winter program catalog and forms. By now most of you have received your mailing and have begun to register.
September 7, 2016
On November 21, 2016 our 2016 Fall program catalog, membership renewal form, registration forms, and trip registration forms are available from the website for your use. 


PDF containing the complete Spring 2016 Newsletter
PDF of the complete newsletter.
This file contains just the forms that must be completed and returned to register for the 2016 summer classes, social events, and trip.