Coronavirus (COVID 19) & Our Response

(Updated June 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.


  • Jens Jensen Visitor Center Closed

    Given the situation, we have decided to close the Jens Jensen Visitor Center to the public. This is the building that houses the office and Bookstore.

  • Bookstore

    The bookstore is now open from 9 – 3 on Fridays by appointment. Please call The Clearing to schedule an appointment.

  • 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.

  • Class Cancellation Notice

    When The Clearing cancels a class, we will attempt to notify all registered guests a minimum of four weeks before the start of that class.

  • Class Cancellation Policy

    We are suspending our class cancellation and refund policy. Students have the following options regarding the payment they have made for a cancelled class.

    1. Receiving a full refund of the amount paid.

    2. Transferring the amount paid to a class certificate. The certificate may be used for classes in the Summer Program (week-long classes) or Workshop Program (one and two-day classes) through 2021.

    3. Making a donation to The Clearing of the amount paid.

    4. Combining any two, or all three of the above choices.

  • Current Class Cancellations

    We have cancelled all classes through August 1, 2020.

View Complete Listing of Cancelled Classes

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!

Sincerely,

Michael J. Schneider
Executive Director
The Clearing

Be well, stay safe and good health.