North House Folk School

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  • Please contact North House Folk School for complete details.


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  • Located 110 miles north of Duluth on Hwy 61, on the harbor in Grand Marais, MN at the foot of the Gunflint Trail.

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  • Open year-round. Open 7 days/week. Course times vary.

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  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices

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  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Family Weekend

    Family Weekend

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Make the most of school break!

    Bring the whole family to North House for our Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend. In celebration of the joy of learning together all courses feature an intergenerational tuition rate, or a special rate for adult/child pairs. Ages vary for each course; see descriptions for specific ages.
    It's an inspiring opportunity for families to learn together.

  2. Northern Landscapes Festival

    Northern Landscapes Festival

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Spring is an explosion of life in the North! Discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape is the focus of this festival. Participation in the festival is open to anyone interested in hands-on learning and curious about the dynamics of the northern landscape. Field-focused courses form the backbone of the event, with evening presentations rounding out the full weekend schedule. This year, renowned ecologist Bernd Heinrich returns to campus as the Featured Guest to teach and speak. Bernd will offer a two day course exploring his book Bumblebee Economics.


    Friday, June 1, 7pm
    Summer Sky Spectacular: Planets, Satellites and the Milky Way with Bob King

    Pull up a patch of ground, lean back and be prepared to be mesmerized by starry summer nights. From campsites in the Boundary Waters to the vastness of Lake Superior’s shore, Cook County is blessed with very dark skies, very little light pollution and great locations for contemplating the heavens. Join Duluth-based astronomer Bob King for an introduction to our northern summer night sky: it’s going to be a great season for gazing this year. Bob will discuss the many features you can see with eyes and telescope this summer including the magnificent Milky Way, a bright asteroid and a plenitude of planets. If it’s clear, Bob will set up a telescope to observe Venus and Jupiter around 9pm.

    Saturday, June 2, 7pm
    Free for North House members, $5 suggested donation for all others

    Bluejays, Crows and Ravens: Behavior and Ecology with Bernd Heinrich
    Few people know more about the world of corvids than Bernd Heinrich, having spent a lifetime observing and studying the smartest birds on the planet. Discover the rare abilities of our commonly obvserved feathered friends, the bluejay, crow and raven as Bernd shares images and stories of these unique creatures.

  3. Service Learning & Volunteer Weekend

    Service Learning & Volunteer Weekend

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Help make North House a better place to be a student.
    It takes many hands to make a folk school, and our Volunteer & Service Learning Weekend is your chance to pitch in. Journey North and help us air out campus after a long winter. Options include taking part in volunteer projects outlined below, or taking a reduced tuition-rate Service Learning Course (see below). Here’s to the first sign of spring - airing out the House!

    A great way to learn new skills while also helping North House is by participating in any of the Service Learning courses during the weekend:

    We’ll hit the ground running on Friday with projects of all sizes - from emptying the office, to painting classroom floors, to carting desks across the street. Lunch will be provided Friday, Saturdays well as a pizza potluck on Saturday evening. Please RSVP with Program Coordinator Matt at or call 218-387-9762 by Friday, April 1.

  4. Unplugged & Folk Artisan Marketplace

    Unplugged & Folk Artisan Marketplace

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    North House Folk School's classic fall celebration and gathering!

    Storytelling - Music - Community - Craft

    - One evening of storytelling and live music
    - Folk Artisan Marketplace with 12+ Featured Makers
    - Over a dozen courses and mini-workshops
    - Points North Online Auction with 100+ Items (sneak peek 8/30)


  5. Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival

    Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North.

    Coursework, workshops, a winter tent camp, gear swap, community dancing, evening films, featured speakers and more.

    /// Event Highlights
    Great Gear & Ski Swap | International Arctic Films | Winter Tent Camping | Snowshoe Shuffle Dance | Deep Freeze Chili Feed | Winter Skills Seminars

  6. Wood Week

    Wood Week

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Let the woodchips fly! Join us for a week devoted solely to woodworking in its many forms. We have expanded the schedule this year, allowing for more course offerings, from spoons to bowls, stacked-handle knives to ax handling.
    Courses will run either Tuesday-Thursday or Saturday-Monday.

    All students, regardless of start date are invited to participate in the one day Carver’s Conference held Friday, March 2. This conference will include workshops, skill shares, excursions and open shop time at no additional cost (not to mention a rare wintertime wood-fired pizza bake that night!).

    Stay tuned for info on the featured instructor for 2019

  7. Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival

    Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, chili and brats...there’s a bit of everything during our Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival. Try your hand at a workshop or course; be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers; plan your next adventure. Join us as we welcome the summer season in the best way possible: talking boats, celebrating community and hanging out on the shores of Lake Superior.

    Martha Green Phillips, author of Border Country, the Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906 - 1916.

    Festival Highlights

    Harbor Side Wooden Boat Display | Boats-to-Tools Auction
    Speaker Series | Craft Demonstrators
    Lake Superior Chowder Experience | Steam Bent Brunch
    Solstice Pageant on Saturday at 8 pm | Members Annual Meeting
    Mini-Courses | Sailing on the schooner, Hjordis

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