Taking a class at The Clearing is a wonderful and truly memorable experience, but not everyone can participate in a Clearing class every year. If you can't join us for a class this year, maybe you can join us for one or more of many special events planned for 2015. Below is a list of some of those events and activities. You can also view these and the entire Clearing calendar, including classes, by clicking the calendar link to the left.

Take a look. If a class isn't in your future in 2015, maybe one of our special events is!




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The Clearing Speaks: COLORS of The Clearing


May 3 - October 24, 2015

The Clearing Speaks is a combination of two unique exhibitions celebrating both visual and written work inspired by The Clearing’s beautiful landscape, charming buildings and creative spirit. Initiated in 2010 to help celebrate The Clearing’s 75th anniversary, The Clearing Speaks gained instant popularity and quickly became an annual fund raising event.

Our theme this year (2015) is “Colors of The Clearing”. What Clearing colors inspire you? Firery red sunsets over the bay? Mossy green rocks along the trail? Or perhaps the frosty blue of wintertime shadows? The colors of The Clearing are infinite and ever changing. Clearing founder, Jens Jensen, encouraged his students to live at The Clearing for at least a year. In that way, they could fully experience and better appreciate this grand landscape as it moved through all four seasons.

Instructors, students and friends are invited to share their artistic interpretations and perspectives of color, the source of that seasonal beauty, through unique and inspirational works of art and writing. Check out the exhibit prospectus for full details.



Look Up! Book Signing with Woody Wheeler


May 27 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM | Jens Jensen Visitor Center

The Clearing Folk School is proud to host Woody Wheeler, great-grandson to The Clearing's founder and renowned landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen, with a reading/signing event based upon Wheeler's new book Look Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window. This event will be Wednesday, May 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 at The Clearing's Jens Jensen Visitor Center located at 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay.

The event features Wheeler reading five essays from his book, including one about his great grandfather, Jens Jensen, and others related to his Midwest upbringing and discovery of birds and nature. The reading will then be followed by a question and answer period, and book signing. Wheeler's new book will be available for sale in The Clearing's Bookstore and Gift Shop. Refreshments and treats will also be available.

Look Up! is a series of well-researched nature essays that will inspire readers to experience the outdoors in an affordable, accessible, and joyful way. The essays encourage backyard and local bird watching, native plant landscaping and restoration, practical energy conservation, and land conservation. They also explore how we can derive psychological benefits from these activities-how nature can help us live happier, more fulfilled and rewarding lives. Look Up! displays the vibrant beauty of the natural world in all its splendor through 40 stunning full-color photos. The book is dedicated to one of America's early conservationists, Jens Jensen, who is featured in a number of the book's essays and is the subject of the recent documentary, Jens Jensen-The Living Green.

Woody Wheeler resides in Seattle, WA, and is a nature educator and tour guide for Conservation Catalyst, a business he started eight years ago to inspire people to appreciate birds and natural history. He also guides for Naturalist Journeys, an international birding and natural history tour company. Previously, Wheeler worked for environmental non-profits including: The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society and Seattle Parks Foundation. He helped these groups protect natural areas and establish nature centers, park lands and bicycle/pedestrian trails for public use.

For more information about this event, visit www.theclearing.org or call 920-854-4088, toll-free 877-854-3225 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Clearing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit folk school established in 1935 and is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. It continues to provide day-class workshops and weeklong resident retreat classes for adults in the Danish folk school tradition of hands-on learning.