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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

Sun 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
Jul 29

Docent-Led Hikes

July 29 @ 1:00pm
Jul 30

Docent-Led Hikes

July 30 @ 1:00pm
Sep 02
Dec 07

Holiday Open House

December 7 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dec 08

Holiday Open House

December 8 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm
Mar 03

Winter Program Student Exhibit

March 3, 2018 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm
Mar 04

Winter Program Student Exhibit

March 4, 2018 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm