Teach & Learn Northwoods Skills & Crafts in Ely, Minnesota

The Ely Folk School seeks to preserve and celebrate our community’s cultural arts heritage. Its success since being founded in 2015 demonstrates our community’s embrace of its classes and events. And, given its highly visible front-and-center Ely location, it serves as a catalyst for our downtown’s current rejuvenation, which the Minneapolis Star Tribune has hailed the “Ely Renaissance.”

Welcome to Ely Folk School!

This could be you! Click the picture to discover the ways you can participate in this year’s Birch Bark Canoe Project.


One of the ways the Folk School stays financially solvent is in part through the support of members who realize the importance of our mission.  Members realize some benefits, not the least of which is a discount on all classes!


Feeling generous today?  We welcome your donations of time, talent and financial support.

There are several ways to see what’s up at Ely Folk School.

Upcoming Classes

Here are some of the upcoming classes. Click on any to see the description and/or to register.

Become an Instructor

Do you have an interesting skill or craft you would like to share?  We’d love to hear your ideas.  Click here if you have interest in being an Ely Folk School Instructor.