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The Clearing Folk School



(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

Dec 08

Holiday Open House

December 8 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dec 09

Holiday Open House

December 9 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm