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A Message From Tammy

July, 2024

Dear Friends,

Welcome Summer! While Door County has been receiving more rain and everything is lush and beautiful, we have also begun to experience warmer days. As Mike Schneider predicted in last month’s homepage note, we have been experiencing a phenomenal lanceleaf coreopsis bloom in the various Clearing meadows. We look forward to July and the real start of summer weather as the Lake Michigan and Green Bay bodies of water warm up.

I would like to take a moment to congratulate Executive Director Mike Schneider on his retirement from The Clearing. We had a banner turnout for his retirement dinner with lovely family, friends and staff tributes to his 24+ years here at The Clearing. Improvements were made during Mike’s years in many landscape areas (Lodge back patio, flagstone walkways, new paths to hike and many others) and new buildings on the property (Workshop and Forge). Mike’s proudest achievement, as he will tell you, is the 2006 agreement with the Door County Land Trust to place the majority of The Clearing’s property in a conservation easement. We continue to be very proud of that achievement!

On a personal note, I want to thank you all for your support and well wishes as Mike and I have now fully transitioned upon his retirement on June 7. His support and ongoing knowledge sharing has been so helpful. I greatly appreciate the confidence the Board of Directors has placed in me as I look forward to serving as The Clearing’s next Executive Director with our talented staff and our many volunteers, instructors and students, all of whom support this very special place.

Take care,

Tammy Musiel
Executive Director
The Clearing

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Who We Are

The Clearing is a folk school founded in 1935 by landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860-1951). This “school of the soil” is nestled within 128 acres of Door County forests and meadows and overlooks the dramatic Green Bay shoreline. It was built as a place where ordinary people could, as the name implies, “clear one’s mind” by reconnecting with nature and with one another.

Our Mission

The Mission of The Clearing is to provide diverse educational experiences in the folk school tradition, in a setting of quiet forests, meadows and water. The Clearing is a place where adults who share an interest in nature, arts or humanities can learn, reflect and wonder.

This is in keeping with the goals of Jens Jensen, founder of The Clearing, who loved it as a special place where one could feel kinship with the earth and reassess one’s life.



You Can’t Be Around for 88 Years and Not Have a Good Story. Here’s Ours.


Folk School Tradition



Jens Jensen



Trail Map




The Clearing offers year-long educational opportunities in three programs: the Summer Program, the Workshop Program and the Winter Program. All programs offer a wide range of classes, including painting, writing, quilting, birding, wood carving, poetry, rustic furniture making, photography, poetry, fine wood-working, music, weaving, philosophy, stained glass, metal work, nature study and paper arts. All Clearing classes are taught in a relaxed, informal style.

Summer Program


The Summer Program, which runs from May through October, is The Clearing’s oldest and the one that most closely resembles Jensen’s original folk school vision. The mainstay of the Summer Program is week-long classes, with 25 to 35 students and instructors living at The Clearing, eating family-style meals and renewing their spirit through close contact with the native landscape.

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Workshop Program


The Workshop Program includes one, two, and three-day workshops from June through mid- November. These workshops appeal to a broad audience by providing shorter length classes during the Summer Program season for those who cannot come for an entire week or who want a “taste” of what The Clearing is like before deciding to take a week-long class.

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Winter Program


The Winter Program offers over 90 day-classes in January and February. In addition to offering an impressive selection of classes, the Winter Program represents something unique and wonderful about Door County, an amazing group of volunteer instructors who generously share their time, along with their considerable talent, for the benefit of the community. So bring on the snow and the cold. Now over 650 strong, you won’t meet a more friendly or hardier group of people than Clearing students in Winter!

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The Clearing is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of many different groups to support its mission of diverse educational experiences in the folk school tradition. Thanks to hundreds of friends, volunteers and donors, The Clearing is able to offer quality programs and services all year long. Interested in supporting The Clearing? Below are several ways to help us out. Take a look!

Door County Half Marathon & 5K

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Take a Look Around...

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then our picture page is a gold mine! The Clearing is special for so many reasons. Its interesting people, historic buildings, rich landscapes and creative spirit combine to make this place like no other. It’s a place you really have to experience to understand, but we hope our photo galleries will give you a little taste of what The Clearing experience is all about.

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The Clearing Folk School

Your Place to Slow Down, Renew & Reconnect!