Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute
of Salem State University
10 Federal Street, Salem MA 01970
Tel: 978-744-0804;  explorers@verizon.net


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Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is a member-directed learning group, one of more than 400 such organizations in the United States and Canada affiliated with the Road Scholar Institute Network (formerly Elderhostel) and local colleges or universities. Explorers was founded in 1992 and currently has over 300 lively members, mostly retirees with diverse backgrounds. All are passionate learners.

Members participate in active peer learning to share their knowledge, experience, and research with each other by creating, coordinating and participating in courses. These courses are given on a voluntary basis. They vary in length from a day to a semester. The courses range in format from lectures and discussions to hands-on workshops and field trips. They deal with general topics from the arts and sciences to current events and foreign affairs. The classes range from small classes to auditorium-style accommodations. Some courses, designated “study groups,” require active participation of attendees, such as preparing information to share with the class, or actively engaging in course discussion. Classrooms are located on the first floor of the Explorers Center at 10 Federal Street in Salem. They are equipped with the latest visual aids, audio equipment and lighting as directed by the course leader’s requirements.

Explorers offer two academic terms a year, beginning in September and March. Classes meet for two hours, either mornings or afternoons in three time periods. Students and leaders often have lunch together between classes. Classes are held Monday through Thursday. On selected Friday mornings, a “Coffee Hour” is held featuring a guest lecturer. Non-members are welcome to attend the Coffees. During winter and summer intersessions, there are special presentations usually two mornings a week.


Growing mature in America is characterized by rapid change. We are discarding negative stereotypes and seizing control of our lives. New social innovations are now the expected, not the exception. The Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute is such an innovation. When we retire, we may miss the intellectual challenges and interpersonal relationships that made life interesting during our careers. Like our muscles, our minds need exercise to stay young. The Explorers recognizes this and invites people fifty years or older to join us in exercising our minds and keeping vital.

As more mature adults, we can be intense, self-motivated learners. We explore new subjects and we share our collective knowledge and experiences. There are no academic admissions requirements, no examinations, no grades; learning is its own reward. Our greatest resource is the exuberant wisdom of our membership. Members of Explorers encourage us to continue learning, to expand our horizons, and to enhance our personal development. This is not anything like a senior center in your average city. It is more like a combination of high school and college years all rolled into one!


  • Attend two semesters of Explorers Academic Programs as well as Intersession presentations. Members may select up to 5 classes per semester but, after initial assignments, members may enroll in additional courses if space is available.
  • Attend “Friday Coffee with …” presentations.
  • Receive Explorers printed Newsletter, The Compass.
  • Access Salem State University library.
  • Attend SSU Center for Creative & Performing Arts Events at discounted rates.
  • Join the Peabody Essex Museum with $5 off PEM membership rates.
  • Enjoy the social experience of classes, trips, and special events.


The 12 month, non-refundable single membership fee of $265.00 or spousal non-refundable fee of $455.00 admits members from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The 6 month, non-refundable single membership fee of $150.00 or spousal non-refundable membership fee of $260.00 admits members from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Special charges may be requested for some individual courses. Please use the registration form by pressing the “Application Form” menu tab then printing and filling out the application form to apply for membership and to register for courses. Registrations are accepted on a year round basis. In the event that a course is oversubscribed, enrollment will be based on a review of all applications received on or before Thursday, July 26, 2018. Notification will be sent to those confirmed; all others will be placed on a waiting list.

Fee reductions are available based on need. You request  will remain confidential and should be mailed to: Fee Reduction Committee, c/o Explorers LLI, 10 Federal Street, Suite 10, Salem, MA 01970.

                                          OUR HOME AT 10 Federal Street,Salem, MA

The Explorers Center is located in a multi-story brick and steel building at 10 Federal Street in downtown Salem. The suite occupied by Explorers boasts five classrooms that will accommodate a range of needs, from small workshops to auditorium-style lectures. In addition, there is an area for socializing as well as kitchen facilities for refreshment during class breaks. This first-floor facility (with restrooms nearby) is handicap-accessible with ample parking either in the parking lot opposite the building or at the Museum Place Mall Garage, 1 New Liberty Street, which offers Senior Citizen Rates. A pass for 20 days of parking (each day for up to 12 hours) costs $20.00 for Salem residents and $25.00 for all others. A pass may be purchased from the Museum Place Mall Garage office that is located at the garage entrance. Please note: There is no parking at 10 Federal Street.