Folk School


Greenland Paddles

   Greenland Paddle Makers

…to the Porcupine Mountains Folk School. The Porcupine Mountains Folk School is located in the historical carpenter shop building in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan’s largest state park and premier wilderness area. The building is ADA handicapped accessible.

The 2016 Folk School workshops are listed here.


Inspiring creativity, lifelong learning, and appreciation of the natural environment and cultural heritage in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.


Beach Art Creations

There can be little doubt but that many of the articles which follow in this work will appear to men who have devoted their lives to the arts and those sciences which are lost immediately connected with them, as trite and little worthy of notice. But what might seem to such persons as merely commonplace information may, perhaps, prove valuable to others, whose time may have been devoted to pursuits of a different nature.”
—Thomas Green Fessenden, The Register of Arts, 1808


Supporting the preservation of Park resources as it operates in historical facilities within the Park, the Folk School will offer diverse classes that students from local communities and visitors to the Park will find attractive. Students’ will experience hands-on workshops that connect to the natural environment and the cultural heritage of the Park and the Lake Superior region.

Trademark photo

 Water Color Artwork


  • Create a supportive non-competitive environment where students become lifelong learners.
  • Enhance each student’s park experience and appreciation through creative expression.
  • Promote and preserve traditional knowledge, arts, skills, and stories from the Lake Superior region
  • Support and promote learning across generations and community building with creative and meaningful opportunities.

 Interested in being a student or instructor?

Getting Here

Directions: Follow M-107 west from Silver City to Union Bay Campground (turn right), take first gravel road to right – you are there! We are in the old carpenter’s shop, the first building on your right.


Folk School Logo

Please register for classes by the registration deadlines. You may register online using the Paypal link or send a check to”Friends of the Porkies, Folk School, P. O. Box 221, Ontonagon, MI  49953.
For further questions, call 906-884-7663.


*RECREATION PASSPORT: If you are a Michigan resident by checking “yes” on your vehicle registration renewal each year you are agreeing to pay an additional $11 ($5 motorcycle resident) to gain admission to all 98 Michigan state parks and recreation areas, state forest campgrounds and non-motorized trail head and boat launch parking. Michigan residents who do not pay the $11 when renewing their vehicle registration will be charged that amount the first time they enter a state park or other facility.    The non-resident annual recreation passport is $31.00 ($9.00 daily).