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We design custom programs for groups in every month of the year. Whether it's a tour of campus and introduction to folk school history or a multi-day workshop complete with abundant wood chips, contact us to explore the world of traditional craft while simultaneously building your community.

All groups are welcome—whether a school group, college course, alumni organization, extended family, scout troop or tour group. Most programs are scheduled around a group’s particular interests and needs, but here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Class sizes vary, but a good estimate is 6-15 people per program
  • Age guidelines vary by program
  • Tuition is approximately $45-$85/student for programs of a half day or full day in length

Early inquiries and flexibility of scheduling will maximize the range of opportunities available for each group. Choices of topics and dates is a function of classroom and instructor availability.

Questions and inquires are welcome throughout the year and can be directed to Program Manager Sarah Waddle at (888) 387-9762 or swaddle@northhouse.org. Please peruse the custom course offerings below to get an idea of what can be scheduled, and read the full descriptions in our custom programs brochure.

Custom Programs for Groups

Read the custom programs brochure for full program descriptions

Tour our Campus

Instructor: Jessa Frost or Sarah Waddle
Length: 1 hour
Suggested start times: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

Taste of North House

Instructor: North House Staff
Length: 2 hours
Suggested start times: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Available: May through October

Introduction to Bead Embroidery

Instructor: Jo Wood
Length: Full day, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. with a midday lunch break

Pie baking

Instructor: Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
Length: 3 hours, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Carving with Green Wood

Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
Length: Full day, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. with a midday lunch break

Felt Your Own Slippers

Instructor: Elise Kyllo
Length: Full day, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. with a midday lunch break

Cooking with the Seasons

Instructor: Chef Judi Barsness
Length: Half day or Full day; all options end in a shared meal

Leaf Printing and Bookbinding

Instructor: Karen Smaby and Nancy Haarmeyer
Length: Full day, suggested 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. with a midday lunch break
Available: mid-June to mid-September

Fjord Horse Experience: Two Hour Pleasure Driving

Instructor: Philis Anderson|
Length: Half day
Available: Most days May 15 to October 15, weather permitting

Wood-fired Flatbreads

Instructor: Caleb Mattison
Length: Half day

Morning of Guided Birding

Instructor: Ann Russ
Length: Half day
Available: typically May, June, and July; some options exist for fall migrations.

Read the custom programs brochure for full program descriptions