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SPARK has gratefully accepted a gift from the Pack Family Foundation and will change its name to “The SPARK Flossie Pack Center for Lifelong Learning”. 

We will be updating our website soon!!

Welcome to The SPARK Flossie Pack Center for Lifelong Learning! 

SPARK stands for Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge.  We are a lifelong learning organization offering adult education classes and events for our members. We are a non-profit organization founded in 1993 and have over 200 members. We are an affiliate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Who Are We?

SPARK is a group of active retirees who have a passion for learning, meeting new people, sharing time and experiences, and pursuing an active, stimulating life.

Participating in SPARK provides opportunities for course instruction on a wide range of topics and participation in book groups, local tours and other activities throughout the year. SPARK is a volunteer organization that relies on the participation of members to promote and achieve its mission.


SPARK will always comply with all relevant CDC, Federal, State, local and UMKC guidelines.

STARTING FALL 2021, Most Classes will be presented in a “hybrid” format allowing members to attend in-person or via Zoom to allow participation during this uncertain time with COVID19 variants.

SPARK’s philosophy since 1994 has been to provide  at a modest cost, learning and social experiences for participants. There are no prerequisites, tests, or grades for the classes we offer. We offer in person, remote and hybrid classes so that members living outside of the KC area and those with transportation difficulties can participate.

Classes are held four quarters a year. Classes are typically ninety minutes to  two hours long and occur once per week for two to six weeks. Generally there are eight offerings per quarter including our Kansas City Gems series. This series gives members the chance to explore six different subjects presented by different instructors. In addition to classes, tours of interesting locations around the Kansas City area are offered each quarter. This varied and ever changing curriculum means that there is literally something for everyone! The SPARK Office and classrooms are located at 4825 Troost, Room 113 on the UMKC campus.