Free Hikes at the Clearing Show Its 82-Year History

The 82-year history, folklore and landscape of The Clearing Folk School are the subject of continuing free, interpretive hikes to the historic campus and buildings, led by volunteer docents on select Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. The two-hour hiking tours begin at 1 pm at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay. No pre-registration is necessary. The terrain is a bit rugged in places, and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.

Hiking dates include Saturdays and Sundays, and are scheduled as follows: Aug. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; Sept. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30; Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29.

Visitors are welcome every day to the Jens Jensen Visitor Center Bookstore and Gift Shop Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, plus Saturday and Sunday through October from noon to 4 pm, located at 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay.

In addition, the public may visit The Clearing’s historic campus on Saturday and Sunday only (May-October) from noon to 4 pm. This historic campus area of the property is closed to visitors Monday through Friday for the privacy of students.

For more information, call 920.854.4088 between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, stop at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center or visit

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