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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 26

Docent-Led Hikes

August 26 @ 1:00pm
Sun 27

Docent-Led Hikes

August 27 @ 1:00pm
Sep 02
Sep 02

Docent-Led Hikes

September 2 @ 1:00pm
Sep 03

Docent-Led Hikes

September 3 @ 1:00pm
Sep 09

Docent-Led Hikes

September 9 @ 1:00pm
Sep 10

Docent-Led Hikes

September 10 @ 1:00pm
Sep 16

Docent-Led Hikes

September 16 @ 1:00pm
Sep 17

Docent-Led Hikes

September 17 @ 1:00pm
Sep 23

Docent-Led Hikes

September 23 @ 1:00pm
Sep 24

Docent-Led Hikes

September 24 @ 1:00pm
Sep 30

Docent-Led Hikes

September 30 @ 1:00pm
Oct 01

Docent-Led Hikes

October 1 @ 1:00pm
Oct 07

Docent-Led Hikes

October 7 @ 1:00pm
Oct 08

Docent-Led Hikes

October 8 @ 1:00pm
Oct 14

Docent-Led Hikes

October 14 @ 1:00pm
Oct 15

Docent-Led Hikes

October 15 @ 1:00pm
Oct 21

Docent-Led Hikes

October 21 @ 1:00pm
Oct 22

Docent-Led Hikes

October 22 @ 1:00pm
Oct 28

Docent-Led Hikes

October 28 @ 1:00pm