Artwork by Folk School Instructors and Week-in-the-Woods Participants
The Folk School offers classes in hands-on learning for people of all ages. Many of our classes focus on utilizing materials from the surrounding boreal forest, or outdoor skills that connect us to this northern place. Our cadre of instructors is passionate about sharing their skills and expertise in all areas of art, craft, DIY and place-based knowledge. The folk education model allows for flexibility in teaching and learning styles, guiding students to learn from one another as well as the instructor, building a stronger, more resilient community of lifelong learners.
Week in the Woods is the flagship program of The Folk School, and takes place in the boreal forest for a week each summer. Students and instructors camp together, learning craft and science from a team of teachers, immersing themselves in the northern landscape. Families and adults have the opportunity to learn together in a unique, multi-generational setting, sharing food and community as they make crafts from the resources offered by the forest.
The Folk School
The Folk School is a Fairbanks nonprofit organization, and our mission is to perpetuate the joy of hands-on learning. We offer year-round classes for all ages in a wide variety of disciplines, including woodworking and carving, wilderness and homesteading skills, fiber arts, music, food preparation and preservation, gardening, boat building, bark, bone, skin and antler work, basketry, printmaking, and more. As a folk school, we are part of a 200-year tradition of community, place-based learning. Most folk schools, including ours in Fairbanks, emphasize lifelong learning and seek to inspire and empower students through the process of learning new life skills.