Folk School


…to the Porcupine Mountains Folk School! We are located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan’s largest state park and premier wilderness area affectionately known as the Porkies.

We invite you to join us along the shores of Lake Superior and share in the joys of this adventure! Please choose a link above to learn more about the Folk School, or just click here to see a list of our current workshops.

Thank you for visiting us!

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The Porcupine Mountains Folk School hosts workshops throughout the year.  Please pre-register for classes.   All classes are held at the Folk School building located near the Park’s Union Bay Campground, unless otherwise noted.
For further questions, call 906-884-7663.  Checks should be made out to “Friends of the Porkies.”

Send to: Friends of the Porkies – Folk School, PO Box 221, Ontonagon, Michigan 49953

*Please note that a Michigan State Park motor vehicle permit (MVP) is required. More information is given below.

What To Bring:

Winter: In the winter, come dressed and prepared for lake-effect snows! Our building is quite warm, but you may want to get out and enjoy the fresh air. (Winter interpretive programs) We recommend bringing boots, a warm coat, a hat, gloves/mittens, and a scarf. You may want to think about bringing cross-country skis or snowshoes to enjoy an afternoon hike or lantern light skiing on Saturdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

Summer: Please bring your favorite folding chair, bug dope, sunscreen, sunglasses, an extra layer of clothing, and a rain jacket. There are lots of things to see and do in the park after hours; it stays light until about 9:30 p.m. (Interpretive programs) The Porcupine Mountains Folk School site is quite close to Lake Superior, so be prepared for cool mornings.

What to bring in all seasons: We also ask that you bring a bag lunch or some money to purchase lunch from one of the local eateries. We will provide menus, phone numbers, and driving directions for each. All locations are within 5-15 minutes of the Folk School. Meals are quite affordable ($5-$15), and some of the restaurants will deliver. We have a refrigerator to store lunches and beverages. Bottled water, coffee, tea, and a variety of sodas will be available throughout the day. In addition to these items, some workshops require other materials. Please check the details below. If needed, bring personal safety equipment (eye protection, hard hat, gloves). We will have some of these items if you do not bring them, but please bring gloves. You will be attending class in a Michigan state park; a *motor vehicle permit will be required. It can be purchased at the park office or campground. No smoking please and no pets with the exception of service animals.

*MOTOR VEHICLE PERMITS (MVP)If you are a Michigan resident you may check “yes,” agreeing to pay an additional $11 on your license plate renewal each year ($5 motorcycle resident).  You will gain admission to all 98 Michigan state parks and recreation areas, state forest campgrounds and non-motorized trail head and boat launch parking.  The non-resident annual recreation passport is $30.50 ($8.40 daily).  The daily admission for a vehicle is $8, and for a motorcycle it is $5.