The Folk School

2861 Beverly Ln
Fairbanks AK  99709

Phone: (907) 451-0445

The Folk School

Our Story:
A small group of us have been dreaming and scheming about a folk school in Fairbanks for over 20 years. We have been offering programs and classes for much of that time, mostly out of our own homes. Over the years the public response has been enthusiastic and participants have returned again and again looking for new opportunities. Some of these people have continued to hone their new skills and are now teaching others. The ever-growing group of people wanting to share their knowledge was in need of an organizational structure and a facility out of which to teach. To this end we formed The Folk School.

At this point we have two primary goals:

1. Continue to offer and expand our programs and classes
2. Find a home

Our Vision: To provide a dedicated, centrally located, safe, friendly, and welcoming place offering a rich variety of hands-on experiences.

What is a folk school?
As a folk school we are part of a 200 year old tradition. Nikolaj Grundtvig started the folk school movement during the European Industrial Revolution. It provided alternative learning opportunities through popular education (as opposed to formal education) and enlightenment for the lower classes. Inherent in Grundtvig’s folk school concept was the responsiveness of the school to the community and the times. Grundtvig deliberately did not set down detailed or rigid guidelines for the schools because he believed that folk schools develop organically out of the needs of the community and the demands of life as it is. His core belief was that learning should occur across social position and differences: the teacher learns from the student and the student learns from the teacher in a dynamic and mutual exchange.

Today folk schools can be found in many parts of the world and take on many forms. Most emphasize life-long learning, serve all ages and are non degree granting. The unifying focus is on inspiring and empowering students through the process of learning new life skills that serve to build resilience in a changing world. Through the confidence that comes from learning new skills, students are challenged to discover their unique identity and how they can contribute to strengthening and supporting their community.

Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, we offer year round, affordable classes and programs in a wide variety of hands-on disciplines.

Mission: To enrich lives and build community by passing on skills and personal knowledge in classes that are hands-on, family-friendly, non-competitive, affordable, and connect people to the places they live.

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Wok’n Roll!

Wok’n Roll!
09:00 am - 02/24/2018

At The Folk School

Join Alaskan food writer and cooking instructor Jennifer Nu in the kitchen and learn to make homemade eggrolls! Jennifer has been making eggrolls with her mother...

Introduction to Skin-on-Frame Boat Building

Introduction to Skin-on-Frame Boat Building
12:00 pm - 02/24/2018

At The Folk School

2 session class: Skin on Frame (SOF) is not only one of the oldest methods for building a boat, it is also one of the easiest. To build a boat, one covers a frame...

Fish Skin Tanning

Fish Skin Tanning
10:30 am - 02/25/2018

At The Folk School

In this class you will learn how to skin a fish and clean and prepare the skin for tanning. Several tanning methods will be discussed and a brief historical overview...

Repair Cafe at Metropolitan Garage!

Repair Cafe at Metropolitan Garage!
09:00 am - 03/03/2018

At The Folk School

Metropolitan Garage, in collaboration with The Folk School, is holding a Repair Cafe Saturday morning, March 3rd from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. This is an open house...

Spring Break: Build an Aldo Leopold Chair

Spring Break: Build an Aldo Leopold Chair
09:00 am - 03/12/2018

At The Folk School

The Aldo Leopold Chair is a simple and sturdy design which he intended for outdoor use. These chairs have become quite famous and are used through out the US both...

Spring Break: Electrical Escapades! (ages 9 and up)

Spring Break: Electrical Escapades! (ages 9 and up)
01:00 pm - 03/12/2018

At The Folk School

In this electrical workshop will be wiring D.C. circuits with switches, lights, buzzers, and bells. We will also draw wiring diagrams and solder alligator clips...

Spring Break: Build a Bow Saw!

Spring Break: Build a Bow Saw!
09:00 am - 03/14/2018

At The Folk School

A bow saw is a must have tool for almost everyone especially if you enjoy camping or harvesting wood for other projects. The saw we will be making breaks down into...

Build Your Own Pack Raft from a DIY Kit

Build Your Own Pack Raft from a DIY Kit
01:00 pm - 03/17/2018

At The Folk School

Build your own Pack Raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit. Pack rafting has become very popular. Light and easy to use, they allow one to get out on rivers...

A Bit of Math Appreciation – A Talk for Kids and their Parents

A Bit of Math Appreciation – A Talk for Kids and their Parents
07:00 pm - 03/21/2018

At The Folk School

A free presentation at The Folk School Presenter: Gui de Freitas The goal of this presentation will be to show kids and parents what doing math looks like. We...

Handbuilt Clay Vessels

Handbuilt Clay Vessels
12:00 pm - 03/31/2018

At The Folk School

Join us for a weekend at The Folk School building cup and glass forms with clay. Many shapes and sizes are possible with handbuilding techniques. We will be using...

Introduction to Spoon Carving

Introduction to Spoon Carving
09:00 am - 04/07/2018

At The Folk School

How often do you use a spoon? Most of us use one to eat, to cook, and even to serve food. In this class you will learn how to make something you use so often with...

Introduction to Working Antler and Bone

Introduction to Working Antler and Bone
06:30 pm - 04/11/2018

At The Folk School

Instructor: Chase Hensel Students will work on one of three projects, an antler hairpin, an antler/bone creaser, or an antler spoon. Antler and bone are tough,...

Build a Green Wood Chair

Build a Green Wood Chair
09:00 am - 04/13/2018

At The Folk School

Build a Green Wood Chair – From a Birch Tree in the Woods to Your Dining Room (5 day course) Instructor: John Manthei Make a post and rung chair from green wood...

Bowl Carving

Bowl Carving
09:00 am - 04/28/2018

At The Folk School

Bowl Carving (2 day class) Instructor: John Manthei Spend a weekend outdoors (weather permitting) creating a beautiful bowl from a green-wood half log. The style...

Week in the Woods 2018

Week in the Woods 2018
09:00 am - 06/23/2018

At The Folk School

June 23 – June 27 Week in the Woods, a program of The Folk School, is an opportunity to leave our everyday routines behind and gather in the remote boreal forest,...

A Weekend on the River

A Weekend on the River
04:00 pm - 07/20/2018

At The Folk School

July 20 -22, 2018 Want to spend some quality time with your family and friends learning new skills in a beautiful wild setting that is still close to town? Part...

Past Events

Making Alaskan Style Snowshoes - 3 day course

Making Alaskan Style Snowshoes - 3 day course
09:00 am - 02/17/2018

At The Folk School

10 X 56 Alaskan style snowshoes have been a very popular and traditional style with both the Athabaskan and white trappers and explorers. They are excellent snowshoes...

Wood Carving Studio

Wood Carving Studio
09:30 am - 02/13/2018

At The Folk School

This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of traditional woodcarving from the most elementary to extremely complex. Projects can range from spoons...

Build Your Own Pack Raft from a DIY Kit

Build Your Own Pack Raft from a DIY Kit
12:00 pm - 02/10/2018

At The Folk School

Pack rafting has become very popular. Light and easy to use, they allow one to get out on rivers and lakes not normally accessed. They are easy to take anywhere...

Mardi Gras Coffee Shop at The Folk School!

Mardi Gras Coffee Shop at The Folk School!
09:00 am - 02/10/2018

At The Folk School

Come to The Folk School on Saturday, February 10th for a morning coffee shop in honor of Mardi Gras season! All proceeds will go to the support and running of the...

Wilderness First Aid (2 day course)

Wilderness First Aid (2 day course)
08:30 am - 02/03/2018

At The Folk School

The Folk School is pleased to present a wilderness first aid course to help students enjoy the Interior safely and responsibly. The two-day course will be taught...

Storyteller Workshop (7 session course)

Storyteller Workshop (7 session course)
07:00 pm - 01/30/2018

At The Folk School

Are you boring at parties? Have you noticed people nodding off as you spin an epic yarn? We have the cure for your boring stories! The producers of the popular Dark...

Orchids for Beginners

Orchids for Beginners
02:00 pm - 01/27/2018

At The Folk School

Magic for Kids (2 session class)

Magic for Kids (2 session class)
01:00 pm - 01/27/2018

At The Folk School

Do you dream of wowing your family and friends with impossible feats of illusion? Do you like blowing people’s minds with your mad crazy magic stills? Have you...

Beginning Ceramics: Introduction to the Wheel

Beginning Ceramics: Introduction to the Wheel
05:30 pm - 01/17/2018

At The Folk School

18 Session Class - Jan. 17 - March 17 Wednesdays: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & Saturdays: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm This class is about the ceramic process and the craftsmanship...

Adventures in Woodworking II (ages 11-14) - 10 session class

Adventures in Woodworking II (ages 11-14) - 10 session class
04:45 pm - 01/17/2018

At The Folk School

The goal of this program (in addition to having fun making cool stuff) will be to develop proficiency in a wide range of woodworking tools and techniques. This kit...

Adventures in Woodworking III (ages 12 & up) - 10 session class

Adventures in Woodworking III (ages 12 & up) - 10 session class
04:45 pm - 01/15/2018

At The Folk School

Adventures in Woodworking III is a more advanced program for kids 12 and older who are excited about woodworking and want to expand on skills they already have....

Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class

Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class
06:00 pm - 01/11/2018

At The Folk School

This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out tools and techniques...

Permafrost: Displays, Scientists, and Answers to Questions

Permafrost: Displays, Scientists, and Answers to Questions
06:00 pm - 10/10/2017

At The Folk School

UAF’s Hot Times in Cold Places (permafrosttunnel.org) is holding a community event at the Folk School! Our permafrost displays are informative and fun for all...

Fiber Festival: Lucet & Kumihimo Cord Making

Fiber Festival: Lucet & Kumihimo Cord Making
01:30 pm - 10/08/2017

At The Folk School

Learn how to make a single strand braided cord, as well as decorative cords for everything from shoelaces and snugging cords to belts and rope. The class will include...

Fall Clean Up Day at The Folk School

Fall Clean Up Day at The Folk School
10:00 am - 10/01/2017

At The Folk School

Volunteer Day - Spruce Up The Folk School! Sunday, October 1st 10:00 am- 3:00 pm Sunday, October 1st, will be a much needed volunteer day at The Folk School. If...

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