Coronavirus (COVID 19) & Our Response

(Updated December 1, 2020)

In an effort to keep our students, instructors, volunteers, staff and community safe, The Clearing’s staff and Board of Directors are monitoring developments closely with respect to the recommendations of agencies like the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Below you will find an updated list of The Clearing's response to this ongoing health threat. Additional information regarding health and safety protocols while attending classes or retreats may be found within each program under the main 'Programming' menu.

  • Jens Jensen Visitor Center Closed

    Given the situation, we have decided to close the Jens Jensen Visitor Center to the public.

  • Bookstore

    The bookstore is now open weekdays from 9 - 4. Please note, masks are required and only 4 guests are allowed at a time.

  • Office Will Remain Open But Closed to Foot Traffic

    The Clearing office will continue to observe regular business hours, but will only be able to respond by phone and email.

The Clearing will continue to follow all the recommendations about community gatherings and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We will announce any general program or operational changes on this webpage, through an email and on social media.

The Clearing has weathered difficult storms before -the Lodge fire in 1937, Jensens death in 1951, the Schoolhouse fire in 1981 and the separation from The Wisconsin Farm Bureau in 1988. We will weather this storm too. And when the storm passes, the sun will come out and we will be here to welcome our students and instructors with open arms!


Michael J. Schneider
Executive Director
The Clearing

Be well, stay safe and good health.