Leisure Learning

Our Leisure Learning classes are designed with the community in mind! We offer classes in areas of personal interest as well as health and fitness. Leisure education provides an individual the opportunity to enhance their quality of life while gaining knowledge in activities that they might not have otherwise considered.

If you are looking for a hobby or activity, one of our Community Education/Leisure classes may be for you!

Programs are scheduled in the evenings to meet the needs of an adult's busy lifestyle and are offered at convenient locations throughout our region.

Check out our classes and you could be on your way to a new and improved, healthier you!


Health & Fitness




Aqua Aerobics

This one-hour class is a fun-filled exercise program in the water. We start out with stretching and warm-up and then really get moving to get a good cardio workout. Special attention is paid to cool-down, stretching and relaxation at the end of the class. Each week is unique, and you are guaranteed to have fun while exercising!




Italian Conversation & Grammar

Come learn practical Italian for common activities such as shopping, traveling and visiting sites. Learn about Italian culture, customs and history. You’ll feel like you’re in Italy. Students must purchase Italian Made Simple ISBN # 0-7679-1539-9 and Easy Italian Step by Step: ISBN # 9780071453899 at a local book store.



Local History

Local History Presentation-The Chemung Canal

This class will present a history of the Chemung Canal and will focus on how the canal was built and the impact it had on the local area. Local historian and Author, Gary Emerson, will present a slide show, providing photos of the canal, both past and present, as well as many contemporary documents and newspaper articles about the canal.


Sullivan/Clinton Campaign

This will be a two-hour presentation about the Sullivan-Clinton campaign against the Iroquois during the American Revolution. The PowerPoint presentation will include many pictures and maps about the campaign, the personalities involved, the villages destroyed, and the Battle of Newtown. The army marched from Tioga Point (Athens, PA) to Elmira, Montour Falls, Geneva, and Geneseo destroying over 40 Native American villages along the way in one of the largest operations of the American Revolution.



Personal Interests

Dog Obedience I

A well-mannered, obedient dog is a pleasure to be around. In this class, which is designed to fit your dog and his/her age, learn the basic techniques for achieving a controllable pet. Whether going on to AKC events or simply training the perfect companion for at home or in public, this class is a MUST for any dog owner. This class is recommended by local veterinarians.


Dog Obedience II

Prerequiste-Dog must have completed Dog Obedience I with Mona Shaw.

This level of dog obedience will fine-tune your dog’s basic obedience skills, along with a few new skills. These skills will make your dog more of a joy to the community, or for the serious trainer, this will prepare your dog for agility training, rally obedience, or novice obedience. Each class will lead up to and prepare your dog for the final class in which the Canine Good Citizen and the AKC Community Canine test will be offered which is an AKC title /certificate and is offered to mixed breeds too.



Are you unable to fit a traditional class into your busy schedule? Taking an online course may be right for you! Interesting, relevant subjects such as grant writing, computer skills, personal enrichment courses and many more topics offered on this website. Most course sessions begin on the third Wednesday of each month and run for six weeks, with two lessons delivered weekly. Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas and more. Most courses are only $100 each. Visit www.ed2go.com/gstboces for the many opportunities available to you!


Smart Phone 101

Prerequisite-own a smart phone.

Learn the basics of navigating your cell phone. Do you find yourself asking "How do I upload pictures to FB or send them via text?", "What's an app?", "How can I connect my phone to the internet?". Come find the answers to common tasks like sending a text message, watching a video on YouTube, or surfing the web, or navigating popular apps. Also cover fundamentals such as adjusting the brightness of the display, setting the device up to work with a wireless network.


Taste of Spring

Learn how to make fresh, handmade pasta that we will toss with delicious springtime vegetables. We will also make loaves of ciabatta bread. Simple, light, fun and versatile. You will get to take the recipes with you so you can create a fantastic dinner any night of the week.