Teach & Learn Northwoods Skills & Crafts in Ely, Minnesota

Welcome to Ely Folk School

From ethnic cooking classes to basket weaving, jewelry making, furniture building, photography, fabric arts, writing, painting and other arts, stained glass making, gardening, sustainable living, herbs and health, foraging, canoeing and canoe building, dances and music, there are classes for most every interest at Ely Folk School, conveniently located at the top of the hill in downtown Ely, Minnesota.

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What does it feel like to paddle a birch bark canoe? 

Join the 2021 Birch Bark Canoe Project to help finish our first 20-foot canoe and find out! The project will take place every Sunday from 1-4pm from June 20 – August 22. We encourage the community to participate by registering for hands on work or by joining class as an observer.




Upcoming Classes

Watch for upcoming classes and events. Click on the pic for more information and/or to register.  Click here to see in calendar format.

Connect with EFS

Get to know instructors, students, board members, and the Ely Folk School community. Stay updated on the latest class information by signing up for our monthly Newsletter. 

Give Today!

Your financial support enables us to continue to offer memorable learning experiences that celebrate our Northwoods heritage, art, craft, and culture. Please click “Donate” to give a one-time or ongoing donation.


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