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Getting ready for your upcoming class here at North House Folk School? We’re excited to see you, and we hope the information below helps you prepare for your trip to the North Shore.

Tuition and Materials Fees

Tuition and materials fees are due three weeks before your class begins. Some courses require an additional fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the time of the class. Please see the course description in our catalog or on our website for details.

If you haven’t already done so, you can give us a call to pay your balance over the phone with a credit card (888-387-9762), or with a check sent to PO Box 759, Grand Marais MN 55604 (be sure to note which class to apply the payment towards).

Tools and Materials

Each course may require students to bring tools or materials. Please consult your course confirmation email, or the course description on our website, for more information.


Plan on arriving a bit before your class is scheduled to start. Your first stop on arrival should be the Yellow House (our school store), where you will check in, meet the staff and your weekend campus hosts, and receive a brief orientation.

Getting here

Grand Marais is located on the shore of Lake Superior, along scenic Highway 61, about two hours north of Duluth, Minnesota.

North House Folk School Location


From Chicago: 575 miles
From Duluth: 110 miles
From Milwaukee: 502 miles
From Minneapolis-St.Paul: 275 miles
From Thunder Bay, Ontario: 80 miles

Carpool info available at North Shore Rideshare
Shuttle Service available from Duluth through the Superior Hiking Shuttle


Thunder Bay International Airport
Duluth International Airport
Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport

Staying here

Although we do not provide lodging for students on campus, there are many campgrounds, hotels, and B&Bs nearby. Several of our Business Partners offer lodging discounts to North House students—just ask them when you make your resesrvation.

Meet our Business Partners
More lodging options

The restaurants, businesses, trails, and lakes around Grand Marais offer students and other travelers many opportunities.

Visit our Business Partners
Other places to eat
Other things to do in Cook County


If we must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course. Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the first day of the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund.

Campus Guidelines

We strive to make our campus an inspiring, engaging, safe, rewarding, and respectful place to learn.

Classroom Hours

In the interest of student safety, classrooms are open only to students with instructor supervision.

Safe Use of Tools

Student health and safety are a priority here. Accordingly, students should only use hand tools and operate power tools after receiving an introduction to their safe operation. Students and instructors must wear appropriate safety gear while using tools.

Classroom Visitors

Our campus is open to visitors throughout the year. Balancing the needs of students and the curiosity of campus visitors is a task that requires mutual respect. To ensure that classroom visitors arrive at appropriate times, signage is available for instructors to make it clear when the classroom is ‘Open’ or ‘Closed’ to visitors. At all times, visitors are encouraged to respect the needs of both students and instructors, managing the duration and nature of classroom visits appropriately.

Student Projects

At the close of each course, student-built projects are the responsibility of the student, and they must leave campus.


Dogs, cats, and other pets are welcome on campus as short-term visitors, but--out of respect for other students--pets are not welcome in classrooms during the day. Visiting pets should be on a leash. Breaks throughout the day are often regular enough to give student pet-owners time to attend to their pets.

Cell Phones

Out of respect for the campus learning community, students and visitors are encouraged to turn off their cell phones prior to participation in any program or course.

Community Gatherings

Over the course of a weekend, we typically host a community potluck for students and their families. Gatherings vary by season, but may include a wood-fired pizza potluck or soup lunch. Students should ask about community gatherings when they check in for more details.


Gathering as a community at the close of the day often involves sharing food and drinks. With this in mind, drinking alcohol on campus is allowed in moderation and in a publicly respectful manner. Alcohol may not be consumed while using tools or power equipment.


Parking is available in our small lot south of the highway/west of our Yellow House, or on the streets near campus. Designated handicapped parking (with sticker only) is available in the lower commons area.