The Folk School
The Folk School
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The Folk School of Fairbanks offers year-round, affordable classes and programs in a wide variety of hands-on disciplines for adults and youth, teaching traditional skills using natural materials. We are part of a 200-year-old tradition of folk schools but with a uniquely Alaskan focus. We emphasize life-long learning, and to help students reconnect with the earth.
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Sun
Boulder, CO9 contributions
Solo
I recently took the Wilderness First Aid class here. The class was very well organized and educational and the some of the contents were tailored to Alaskan Wilderness, which was very helpful and I am sure will be very helpful in prepping for some outdoor fun in the region. The instructor was very experienced and knowledgeable; she kept the class upbeat and made it fun to learn and easy to follow. Definitely will consider taking another class at the school in the future!
Written February 6, 2019
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Bonni
Fairbanks, AK2 contributions
Love The Folk School! Classes come in a wide variety from experiences that can be enjoyed in a couple of hours to more in-depth workshops. I loved the Spinning in Color workshop and learned so much I can continue to explore on my own! It's a treat to just stop in at the cabin to browse the library or purchase gifts. So many reasons to visit and participate in classes - I'll definitely be back.
Written November 18, 2020
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Thanks for the kinds words, bonontherun! We're glad that you've had some great experiences at The Folk School, and we look forward to having you back. Cheers, Don
Written November 23, 2020
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Nancy G
fairbanks, alaska13 contributions
Couples
I have taken a few classes at the folk school and attended some of their events. Each experience has been fun. Most recently, my husband and I have taken ukulele lessons taught by Lisa at the folk school. This has been an incredibly helpful class for both of us, so much so that we now take our ukuleles whenever we travel! We love the present location at Alaskaland (aka Pioneer Park) as it is so convenient.
Written January 29, 2020
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Thanks for joining us for classes and events, and the good words! The new location is proving to have been a great decision, since we're so much more accessible to more people. See you soon at another class!
Written February 2, 2020
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nellie t
3 contributions
Friends
What an amazing class! Love my new slippers and feel I can now make more at home. Thank you! I will definitely be taking more classes with you!
Written October 19, 2019
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Thanks for the review! Darcel is a great instructor and wet felting is a fun way to make useful items. See you at the next class you take!
Written October 20, 2019
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Angela H
North Pole, AK2 contributions
I really enjoyed this class. The instructor was very knowledgeable with the ingredients we used. It was nice that all the supplies were included. I loved being able to learn something new and take home a healthy product. Definitely will be taking more classes. Thank you for this class. Angela
Written August 30, 2019
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Thanks for the review! Yes, Homyna is a talented instructor. We're glad you enjoyed the class!
Written August 31, 2019
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Allison W
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Family
Have you ever felt completely immersed in nature? No cell phones ringing, or the ding of a new text message. The morning news can wait, and the happenings of the world disappear. You are now completely present in the moment of your experience. You awaken to the gentle sound of the birds chirping, or the buzzing of mosquitos, the trees swaying in the wind, and the smell of coffee cooking on a fire. Week in the Woods is not just a family summer camp, it is a life changing experience which remains indelible in memory, and keeps you longing for more. I’ve attended the camp two times now and with each continue to deepen my connection to nature, and develop a sense of wonder and possibility. There is something for everyone here, no matter your skill level, age or forest experience. Everyone brings something to the table and a community truly develops. This year my nine-year-old learned to use a variety of tools, experimented making mini catapults and boats, participated in a forest play with natural puppets, played games and had a blast. For me, I expanded my personal and professional life. I am an elementary teacher and can’t wait to share some new ideas and skills with my students. I enjoyed harvesting materials from the forest and honing my wood working skills in an amazing tarp covered workshop in the woods. I enjoyed some incredible company and made new connections. I cannot recommend this experience enough. Thank you, Folk School Fairbanks and Week in the Woods organizers. You are the best!!!
Written July 22, 2019
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences! It's people like you who come and are willing to be totally immersed in the experience that make Week in the Woods the magical experience it is. Thanks for being a part of it!
Written July 23, 2019
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ET191
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Family
We attended Week in the Woods about 6 years ago (our last year in Alaska) and the only regret is that we did not find out about it sooner. The week we went, it was rainy and cool yet our two boys (6 and 10 at the time) still talk about it as their favorite vacation ever. We still have several of the items they built and most importantly, the skills they learned will stay with them a lifetime. Every single person, volunteer or guest, was great. We got to watch our boys learn skills that they could have never learned otherwise from amazing skilled volunteers. If I have to choose between a theme park vacation and a rainy week in the woods, hands down I would choose this every time. I have recommended this to many friends. If you are even slightly interested in this, you MUST go!
Written July 21, 2019
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Thanks for sharing your experiences! John and Marianne and all the instructors work super hard to make it an amazing experience for both kids and adults. I hope that you'll be able to join us again sometime!
Written July 23, 2019
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Nicole E
Ester, AK5 contributions
Solo
Week in the woods was like the summer camp I never went to. Sleeping in the boreal forest, surrounded by friends old and new, great camaraderie, supportive and skilled instructors... it was just wonderful. While many of the other attendees came as a family, I came solo and felt perfectly comfortable and included. I left feeling invigorated, relaxed and inspired.
Written July 21, 2019
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Thanks, Nicole! I'm glad to hear that we succeeded in making you comfortable and included. There is so much that goes on during the week, that it's easy to get immersed in the experience. I hope you'll be able to join us again!
Written July 23, 2019
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Steve
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Family
Week in the Woods was the highlight of our summers as my boys grew up. Even after growing up, they would continue to drop in, longing for the relationships to continue forever with the people and the activities! It has become the hallmark activity of growing up in Fairbanks.
Written July 21, 2019
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Thanks for sharing your memories of Week in the Woods. We're so pleased to have been a part of your family's life for so long!
Written July 28, 2019
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Rebecca L
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Family
Week in the Woods is a family camp you will find nowhere else. The variety of classes offered, the amazing teachers, the comraderie developed over the week. Astonishing really!!
Written July 20, 2019
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And it's people like you who make it so special! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Written July 28, 2019
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