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About The Clearing Folk School

The Clearing is a not-for-profit folk school founded by renowned landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen in 1935. The Clearing offers a wide variety of classes in the arts, humanities and natural sciences, ranging from one-day workshops to week-long resident classes on The Clearing’s historic campus. A new interpretive display in the visitor center tells the story of Jensen and The Clearing.

According to Jensen, “Instruction at The Clearing is non-competitive – there are no credits, no grades, no degrees, no pitting of one student against another.” This method of teaching is what the Danes called “The Living Word.” Discussion, conversation, nature study and hands-on work are emphasized, rather than learning just in the classroom, through reading and writing. The folk school experience at The Clearing is a unique combination of learning, history, tradition, social interaction and quiet reflection.

Today, The Clearing offers classes in natural sciences, fine arts, skilled crafts and humanities. These programs fulfill Jens Jensen’s dream of a year-round folk school in a natural setting.

Jens Jensen The Clearing

Jens Jensen.

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Upcoming Events at The Clearing Folk School

Sat 27

Docent-Led Hikes

May 27 @ 1:00pm
Sun 28

Docent-Led Hikes

May 28 @ 1:00pm
Jun 03

Docent-Led Hikes

June 3 @ 1:00pm
Jun 04

Docent-Led Hikes

June 4 @ 1:00pm
Jun 10

Docent-Led Hikes

June 10 @ 1:00pm
Jun 11

Docent-Led Hikes

June 11 @ 1:00pm
Jun 13

Artist Talk

June 13 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jun 17

Docent-Led Hikes

June 17 @ 1:00pm
Jun 18

Docent-Led Hikes

June 18 @ 1:00pm
Jun 24

Docent-Led Hikes

June 24 @ 1:00pm
Jun 25

Docent-Led Hikes

June 25 @ 1:00pm
Jul 01

Docent-Led Hikes

July 1 @ 1:00pm
Jul 02

Docent-Led Hikes

July 2 @ 1:00pm
Jul 08

Docent-Led Hikes

July 8 @ 1:00pm
Jul 08

Midsummer’s Music Festival

July 8 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Jul 09

Docent-Led Hikes

July 9 @ 1:00pm
Jul 15

Docent-Led Hikes

July 15 @ 1:00pm
Jul 16

Docent-Led Hikes

July 16 @ 1:00pm
Jul 22

Docent-Led Hikes

July 22 @ 1:00pm
Jul 23

Docent-Led Hikes

July 23 @ 1:00pm