The name and acronym - Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization, or PLATO - defines us well.
PLATO is a self-directed, volunteer-led, nonprofit organization serving more than 900 lifelong learners living in and around Dane County. Most members are approaching or actively enjoying retirement. All share a passion for learning and a desire to stay engaged with the world and with others who share their interests. No formal education or university affiliation is necessary to join.
If you enjoy self-directed, volunteer-led lifelong learning, PLATO is an ideal way to learn, contribute to others’ learning, enjoy new experiences, and meet new friends.
- 40 or more participatory courses each fall and spring
- Lectures, socials and special events
- Guest Courtesy Card from UW Libraries (a $50 value)
- Member newsletter, weekly emails, and program catalogs
Plato is about more than information. It’s about interactions. Meet other people with curious minds through classes, special events, bus trips, and member committees.
“We especially value the in-depth friendships we’ve already made, the intelligent curiosity and openness of the people we’ve met, and the wide range of classes.”
PLATO is a 501(c)(3) organization run by its members who contribute their time and effort to carry out the administrative tasks. It is affiliated with the Division of Continuing Studies of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-DCS), which provides programmatic and administrative support.
PLATO members share their expertise, skills, and talents to keep the organization strong and vibrant. We are always looking for more members to help keep PLATO running. If you would like to become involved in PLATO’s administration, contact any Board Director or Committee Chair.
In 2017 PLATO marked its 30th anniversary with the largest course line-up and roster of lectures, trips, and other special events we've ever offered.