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Course Calendar

We are excited to announce our Course Calendar! Please read below for course descriptions. 

Course Registration Deadline is Tuesday October 1stCourse prices are $2/hour and $1/hour for seniors, to be paid to the Darby School District. Some classes include additional Material Fees, which are to be paid to the instructor. Contact Dawn Ringer at if you have any questions.

Here is our Fall lineup:

Health and Wellness

Walking the West Fork

Instructor: Alice Greenlee

September 16 – November 25/ Mondays 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Various FS Roads, you will be provided weekly instructions

$22/$11 (60+)

We will walk the dirt roads from Painted Rocks to Chaffin Creek.  You will receive an email each week letting you know the meeting point for that particular week.  We will provide exercise and companionship, where you can walk at own pace and always have someone to walk with. 


Advanced Walking the West Fork

Instructor: Lisa Poe

Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11; 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: Various FS Roads, you will be provided weekly instructions

$40/$20 (60+)

This class is similar to the popular Darby Adult Ed Class Walking the West Fork. In this advanced class we will walk up to two hours and go a little deeper into the forest for some steeper climbs. The walks will still be on various forest service roads off the West Fork.  Please wear comfortable shoes, proper clothing for all kinds of weather, maybe a small pack to carry hats, gloves and rain gear, trekking poles (optional) water and 400 square inches of hunter orange and headlamps for classes on Oct 30 and after.  You will receive an email each week letting you know the meeting point for that particular week.


Total Body Strength on the Ball

Instructor: Heidi Kaminski

Tuesday, Thursday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

October 1st – Dec 12th (No class on 11/28)

Location: Darby Clubhouse, 106 N Main Street

$42/$21 (60+)

Stay in shape as we move into winter! We will use the big bouncy exercise balls and exercise bands to achieve a head to toe workout with a focus on balance and core strength. Be ready to sweat!

Students must provide their own ball. Bands will be provided



Instructor: Heidi Kaminski

Wednesday 4:00pm -5:00pm

October 2nd to Dec 11th (no class on 11/27)

Location: Darby Clubhouse, 106 N Main Street


This class follows the classical Pilates format.  We will work on core strength, flexibility, balance and breathing.  Whether you have never done Pilates and want to try it out or have been doing Pilates for years and want to deepen your practice, this is a great class for all.  Students must provide their own mat.



Instructor:  Hillery Daily

Mondays 9:30am – 10:45am

September 23rd – November 25th

Location: Main Street Yoga Studio 115 N Main Street

$26/$13 (60+)

This class will be a 75 minute fun, engaging and empowering yoga session. After a flow style yoga "work out", we will work with deepening familiar poses, learning new asanas and ending with a long, deep relaxation done lying on the back. Safe and effective alignment as well as adaptations to make the practice work for everyone is a key part of the class structure.


Yoga for Men Only

Instructor: Wendy Davis

Monday/Thursdays 5:00 pm - 5:45pm

September 23rd - November 25th

Location: Main Street Yoga Studio, 115 N Main Street

$30/$15 (60+)

Maximum Students: 15

Materials:  If you have your own mat, bolster, block or strap, please bring them.  Otherwise they will be provided.

Although we can all suffer from poor flexibility in some areas, men tend to experience tightness in the lower back, hamstrings and chest.  This class will address those areas and others men find especially challenging.  The class will consist of basic poses making it available to beginners as well as advanced practitioners. 


Special Interest


CPR - First Aid – AED

Instructors: Ron and Alice Brace

Wednesdays 6:00pm – 8:00pm

October 2nd - October 23

Location: Darby High School Classroom 108, 209 School Drive

$16/$8 (60+)

Material Fee $20  Class fee covers book, training supplies & certification cards

This is a Medic First Aid course, Which includes CPR, AED and First Aid for infants, children and adults. There is hands on training on mannequins and using an AED. At completion you will earn a 2-year certification card and reference material to take home.


The Mystery of Lost Trail Pass

Instructor : Ted Hall

Classroom:  Thursday September  26th  6:00pm-8:00pm

Field Trip Saturday September 28th 9:00am

Location: Darby High School Classroom 108, 209 School Drive


$12/$6 (60+)

This class addresses the Lewis and Clark Discovery Corps difficult ascent at Lost Trail Pass in 1805 on the Idaho/Montana border, and identifies campsites and areas of interest to Lewis and Clark, including the Dividing Ridge, Witness Trees and more.


ArtVentures 4.0

Instructor: Deborah Rogala

Material Fee:  Fee for tour and or performance, nominal.

$48/$24 (60+)

A collection of cultural outings to Missoula, including:
September 28, Unseen Missoula Basements & Back Alleys (walking tour)
October 16, Steamroller Print Project at UM and a visit to the Clay Studio
November 17, Performance by the String Orchestra of the Rockies
December 6, First Friday Christmas Stroll

Outings typically last for 6 hours, including bus ride. Participants responsible for meals (approx. $25 per trip). Transportation provided.  You will receive an email with instructions before each outing.

The Craft of Writing

Instructor: Julia Winthers

Monday 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11

Location:  Hidden Treasures 206 N Main Street, Darby

$24/$12 (60+)

Materials:  Notebook & favorite writing implement

Participants will work on a different aspect of novel writing each week: 1) Tools for Day to Day Writing
2) Characters
3) Dialogue
4) Plot
5) Scene & Structure
6) Theme Strategy
Completion of weekly homework assignments will greatly enhance each participants writing experience.


Plant Identification

Instructor: Blaine Furniss

Wednesday October 9th


Location: Darby High School Classroom 108, 209 School Drive

$4/$2 (60+)

Blaine is a Retired Professor of Botany Brigham Young University.  This course explores the relationships between the four principal plant groups: Bryophytes, Ferns and allies, Gymnosperms (conifers), and Angiosperms (flowering plants). Emphasis will be given to the features that distinguish one plant group from another. This especially includes flowers and the role they play in plant identification.  Special attention will be given regarding the plants and flowers from the Bitterroot Valley.


Dawn Ringer
Darby Adult Education Director
Darby Public Schools
209 School Drive
Darby, MT 59829
Tel: (406) 821-1306