Institute for Learning in Retirement

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(440) 826-3188,

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Office closed if Berea City Schools are closed due to inclement weather. Office also closed on major holidays.

Campus Location

325 Front Street
Berea, Ohio 44017

The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Baldwin Wallace University offers senior adults the opportunity to continue learning in an informal, flexible and non-competitive college environment. Offering a series of non-credit, college-level courses on a variety of topics, the BW ILR is committed to providing an educational and social experience that is highly accessible and inexpensive.

The BW ILR is one of many ILRs associated with colleges and universities across the country. A self-governing organization, the BW ILR encourages members to become active in the organization’s leadership by serving on one of many working committees and assisting with course development.  

  • ILR members experience spring in an outdoor classroom led by a ranger at Rocky River Reservation.

    ILR members experience spring in an outdoor classroom led by a ranger at Rocky River Reservation. 

  • Hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

    ILR members will visit the geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park in August 2017. 

  • Lynn Canfield teaches a course called "The Colorful History of Quilts."

    "The Colorful History of Quilts" is presented by Lynn Canfield.

  • ILR Book and Author Luncheon

    The popular annual ILR Book and Author Luncheon in August featured authors Neil Zurcher, Bob Adamov and Alan Dutka. 

  • Concertgoers sit on the lawn at Blossom Music Center

    ILR will hear the Cleveland Orchestra perform pop and classical favorites at Blossom Music Center this summer. 

  • Rev. Robert Winter teaching a class called "ISIS: Its Causes and Cures."

    Rev. Robert Winter leads a class called "ISIS: Its Causes and Cures."

About ILR

New Horizons Music Program

The BW New Horizons program offers adults the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. We offer bands (beginning, intermediate and advanced levels), jazz band, string orchestras (beginning, intermediate and advanced levels) and chamber music ensembles. This is perfect for adults who have never had the opportunity to play an instrument or for those who played during their school days but have not had the opportunity since.