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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.

Jens Jensen The Clearing

Jens Jensen.

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Upcoming Events at The Clearing Folk School

Sat 25

Docent-Led Hikes

May 25 @ 1:00pm
Sun 26

Docent-Led Hikes

May 26 @ 1:00pm
Jun 01

Docent-Led Hikes

June 1 @ 1:00pm
Jun 02

Docent-Led Hikes

June 2 @ 1:00pm
Jun 08

Docent-Led Hikes

June 8 @ 1:00pm
Jun 09

Docent-Led Hikes

June 9 @ 1:00pm
Jun 15

Docent-Led Hikes

June 15 @ 1:00pm
Jun 16

Docent-Led Hikes

June 16 @ 1:00pm
Jun 22

Docent-Led Hikes

June 22 @ 1:00pm
Jun 23

Docent-Led Hikes

June 23 @ 1:00pm
Jun 29

Docent-Led Hikes

June 29 @ 1:00pm
Jun 30

Docent-Led Hikes

June 30 @ 1:00pm
Jul 06

Docent-Led Hikes

July 6 @ 1:00pm
Jul 06

Midsummer’s Music

July 6 @ 3:00pm
Jul 07

Docent-Led Hikes

July 7 @ 1:00pm
Jul 13

Docent-Led Hikes

July 13 @ 1:00pm
Jul 14

Docent-Led Hikes

July 14 @ 1:00pm
Jul 16

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

July 16 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Jul 20

Docent-Led Hikes

July 20 @ 1:00pm
Jul 21

Docent-Led Hikes

July 21 @ 1:00pm