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The Clearing Folk School

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Phone

(920) 854-4088

Physical Address

12171 Garrett Bay Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210

Mailing Address

12171 Garrett Bay Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210

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.

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Upcoming Events at The Clearing Folk School

Sat 24

Docent-Led Hikes

August 24 @ 1:00pm
Sun 25

Docent-Led Hikes

August 25 @ 1:00pm
Sat 31

Docent-Led Hikes

August 31 @ 1:00pm
Sat 31

Midsummer’s Music

August 31 @ 3:00pm
Sep 01

Docent-Led Hikes

September 1 @ 1:00pm
Sep 07

Docent-Led Hikes

September 7 @ 1:00pm
Sep 08

Docent-Led Hikes

September 8 @ 1:00pm
Sep 14

Docent-Led Hikes

September 14 @ 1:00pm
Sep 15

Docent-Led Hikes

September 15 @ 1:00pm
Sep 21

Docent-Led Hikes

September 21 @ 1:00pm
Sep 22

Docent-Led Hikes

September 22 @ 1:00pm
Sep 28

Docent-Led Hikes

September 28 @ 1:00pm
Sep 29

Docent-Led Hikes

September 29 @ 1:00pm
Oct 05

Docent-Led Hikes

October 5 @ 1:00pm
Oct 06

Docent-Led Hikes

October 6 @ 1:00pm
Oct 12

Docent-Led Hikes

October 12 @ 1:00pm
Oct 13

Docent-Led Hikes

October 13 @ 1:00pm
Oct 19

Docent-Led Hikes

October 19 @ 1:00pm
Oct 20

Docent-Led Hikes

October 20 @ 1:00pm
Oct 26

Docent-Led Hikes

October 26 @ 1:00pm