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The Clearing

12171 Garret Bay Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
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Type: Educational Sites
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Chicago, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We happened upon The Clearing by accident. We read an article in the local Door County paper that morning about the recent documentary made about Jens Jensen. My fiance, a horticulturist and landscape designer and builder, is a student and follower of the theories of natural landscape and design. When we noticed the small sign on the gated entryway reading,... More

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

In the room in which the wonderful Jerry Apps holds his one-day writing workshop has six panels sharing the history and context of The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay. Jens Jensen, founder, explains the "name" The Clearing: "The name signifies the school's real purpose ... to clear away all debris of overstuffed learning, steeped form and tradition and get... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

My friend and I attended a day-long workshop with Roger Kuhns, who has a Ph.D. in Geology but also has great skill at telling stories that are vivid and very humorous. Half the day we hiked around the large property of The Clearing, which is on the coastline of Green Bay. He was showing us examples of what he taught... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you ever have a chance to enroll for a weeklong class at the Clearing in Door County, WI, you won't regret it. Thanks to the foresight of a brilliant landscape architect, Jens Jensen, the Clearing sits on a gorgeous, unspoiled slice of northern WI on Ellison Bay. The accommodations are simple, clean and homey. The food is served family... More

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Sister Bay
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Gorgeous grounds, rustic and lovely along the shores of Green Bay in the Door Peninsula. Excellent classes, comfy accommodations, and incredibly good food! A real vacation for adults, a place to clear your mind and find peace in nature. Outstanding experience!

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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113 reviews 113 reviews
29 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Unless you are staying at the Clearing or taking a class, chances are you may miss this gem. Established by Jens Jensen, a genius who recognized the great beauty of Door County before most people could spell "green" and "environment". It was during the same period when he helped design and create some of Chicago's most-loved parks. If you have... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

For over 75 years the Clearing has been offering nature, art, creative classes in a woodland setting on the shore of Ellison Bay. Beautiful walking paths and historic buildings.

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Who knew that Jens Jensen was up in Door County - go see for the setting and the building - but mainly for the philosophy (plus a good book store / gift shop)

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Rockford, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Our first (but not last) visit. Very friendly & helpful staff. We arrived by luck on non-classes day & could wander the beautiful campus. Now we want to take some arts & crafts classes. Our neighbors do & recommend them & the bed & board facilities here. Diana O.

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Top Contributor
198 reviews 198 reviews
46 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Beautiful facility for classes or a docent lead tour of the incredible property. The gift shop is very nice.

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