OLLI in Seacoast

Exterior Detail of Building

The Seacoast makes use of two Granite State College campuses: 51 International Dr., Portsmouth NH and 35-E Industrial Way, Rochester, NH. The Portsmouth campus primarily serves as the home for Seacoast OLLI volunteers and most classes.  When combined, nine classrooms provide the capacity for an average of 80 courses offered per year. Field trips known as Out and Abouts may take place on hiking and cross-country trails in and around the greater Seacoast area and at local attractions such as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Strawberry Banke, Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Isles of Shoals.

The Seacoast provides its membership affiliates with free, casual social events such as mug and muffins, lunch bunches and special interest hiking groups. Currently there are an average of 230 members living in the greater Seacoast area affiliated with the Seacoast site.

OLLI members are welcome to take courses at any of the four OLLI Sites.

Special Interest Groups

ball of yarn with knitting needles


The Seacoast SIG for Handwork meets the third Tuesday of every month at Granite State College 51 International Dr. Portsmouth from 1:00-3:00 PM. All OLLI members who enjoy knitting, crocheting, wood carving, embroidery, quilting, jewelry-making or any other portable handcraft are encouraged to join this group. If you would like to be added to the email class reminder list, contact Sandy O’Neill at sandy_oneill@comcast.net. The group will meet on the following Tuesdays this year: 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19.


This SIG has been very popular in the past. It is currently in need of a leader or leaders. If you are interested in organizing this group, contact sandy_oneill@comcast.net. You simply pick the day of the week you wish to hike, decide how often you would like to hike, the length of the hike, and what time of day to hike. An email list of interested members can be developed or you can just advertise the dates and hikes and members are free to show up at the correct time. Hikers will need to sign waivers.

Memoir Writing

A new special interest group has formed on the Seacoast as a result of a memoir writing class in the fall. The group will meet once a month on the third Friday of the month at 1:00 PM at GSC Portsmouth, 51 International Dr., Portsmouth. Future meeting dates are 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/22. Bring your ideas and your willingness to write and share your writing. If you have questions, contact Sandy O’Neill at sandy_oneill@comcast.net .