October Newsletter

Exciting New Updates It’s October and we’re on the other side of peak colors up here in the northwoods of Minnesota. In fact, an Ojibway name for this month is Binaakwe-Giizis which means Falling Leaves Moon. The Ely Folk School is celebrating seasonal turnover by launching a new Ely Folk School website. On the homepage of […]

September Class Update

Hello Friends, Please view our most updated list of classes for the next three months. The weather is changing and it is exciting to think about winter activities like snowshoeing and a multitude of crafting opportunities on chilly days. We at the Ely Folk School encourage you to sign up early for classes. One of the […]

September Newsletter

View this email in your browser September Newsletter Harvest MoonIt’s Waatebagaa-giizis, the leaves-turning moon. Our maples are already turning color and we look forward to embracing cooler days with open arms. A friend was generous enough to take me out wild rice harvesting for my first ricing experience last week. The lake we visited was […]

August Update

Hello friends, This summer has been filled with hope for a return to normalcy. We’ve enjoyed seeing people’s faces coming through the door, and in class. Unfortunately, we’re at a place in our community where we need to take a few steps backward, or perhaps a little stalling would be the more appropriate term. As the […]

August Newsletter

View this email in your browser August Newsletter Join in CommunityLearn Something NewThere is a lot to look forward to at the Ely Folk School. I can feel the seasons changing when I read the upcoming class list. It’s foraging season! This month you can learn to forage for wild medicinal plants, mushrooms, furniture wood, wild rice, and […]

July Newsletter

View this email in your browser July Newsletter Thank You!Thank you for supporting our recent fundraising campaign, your contributions make a difference. This week we celebrated our volunteers with a homemade pizza party. As Betty Firth says, “From data entry to scrubbing floors, hosting classes, taking recycling, greeting the public and organizing dances and community […]

June Newsletter

View this email in your browser Summer is officially here in the Northwoods!While looking out my window from my perch in the Ely Folk School, it often seems that every third car is carrying a canoe. ‘Tis the season for new adventures. This only makes me more excited for the Birchbark Canoe Project to commence next week. By the […]

A letter from our board chair

June 1, 2020 Greetings, My name is Lacey Squier. I’ve been on the Ely Folk School board since 2019, and recently took on the role of board chairperson. I am writing to ask for your financial support. My personal investment is rooted in the fact that the Ely Folk School is the local institution I […]

April Class Update

A dream many people had when the Ely Folk School began in 2015 started to come true when a kiln was offered as a donation. With the help of grants, donations, and many volunteer hours, the long-awaited day has arrived to launch our first ceramics classes in May. There will be a 2-hour introductory class […]


(Updated 3/11/22) Effective March 11, 2022, facial masks are recommended but optional when entering the Ely Folk School. St. Louis County is currently rated as a Low Community Risk Level, via CDC data. It is recommended that folks with high-risk factors continue to mask, as well as those who wish to mask to continue to […]