As part of Montana’s land grant university, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at MSU (formerly Wonderlust) provides intellectually stimulating and enjoyable programs that foster lifelong learning and community engagement for individuals 50 and greater. There are no tests. No grades. No papers. OLLI at MSU offers opportunities for the pure joy of learning for the curious at heart.

OLLI at MSU is a program of MSU Academic Technology and Outreach.


We are excited to offer a diverse line-up of topics and programs each semester.

We offer members-only multi-day courses, a speaker series, behind-the-scenes tours of local businesses and performing arts groups, seasonal events, and special interest groups. If you are looking for in-depth learning and local travel, the OLLI at MSU Travel Program may be right up your alley. Our semester reception, monthly Friday Forum, and Community Partnership Events are open to the public.

See our current offerings.

By Members for Members

Our programs are created by members for members and instructed by local and visiting professionals, university professors, and staff. Our instructors enjoy teaching our engaged, curious, enthusiastic OLLI at MSU members.

We are guided by a volunteer Advisory Council and program committees composed of greater Gallatin Valley community members. The program committees' primary task is to develop a diverse array of offerings and events for the OLLI membership.


$45 per year includes

  • Exclusive members-only courses, tours, performances and trips
  • Free members-only OLLI Speakers Series and special interest groups
  • Guest pass for one OLLI Speakers Series presentation per semester
  • Friday Forum notifications
  • Scholarships for tuition assistance
  • Learn anywhere, anytime with online and face-to-face programs

Learn more about membership.

Strategic Plan

The OLLI at MSU strategic plan guides the decisions of staff and the Advisory Council.

See the strategic plan.

Advisory Council and Committees

Our volunteer Advisory Council consists of dedicated volunteers who help guide the organization toward its mission and serve as a liaison between members, volunteers, instructors, and staff. The Advisory Council and staff developed and are guided by the OLLI at MSU strategic plan.

Advisory Council Members and Committees


Our volunteer committees develop our courses, lectures, tours, events, and more throughout the academic year. We invite you to join us as a volunteer and help shape the lifelong learning programs you and others enjoy.

Volunteer for OLLI at MSU.