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Door County visitors and residents alike have an unusual variety of opportunities available the year 'round at the following "schools of know-how." These learning centers provide a chance to gather experience and interact with some extremely knowledgeable and exciting expert teachers who just happen to work in one of the most beautiful spots on earth...

"Door County was aglow with autumn colors while I spent a week studying photography on the wooded campus of the Clearing," says Beth Gauper, who writes about regional travel for the Pioneer Press.

Courses focus on science, sports, history, music, theater, film, philosophy, creative writing, nature and religion as well as a wide variety of hands-on art classes. They range in length from a few hours to a several weeks. We intend to make it easier for you to find out about them by providing The Compass Guide to Learning Opportunities - links, handy contact information and news tips like...
Kathy Navis of Junction Center Yoga Studio and David Rack, kayak eco-guide with Door County Kayak Tours are partnering to provide yoga and kayak tours of Door County Each summer Kathy Navis of Junction Center Yoga Studio and David Rack, kayak eco-guide with Door County Kayak Tours partner to provide yoga and kayak tours of Door County. They invite you to kayak to a secluded beach somewhere on the peninsula, do a yoga practice to help open and release those areas of the body which are utilized for kayaking and then continue the tour - for more info contact David Rack.

Birch Creek Music Performance Center provides two-week resident sessions in: symphony, For more information call: 920.868.3763.

Björklunden is a 425-acre estate on the Lake Michigan shore just south of Baileys Harbor bequeathed to Lawrence University in 1963 by Donald and Winifred Boynton.
Since 1980, Lawrence University has offered a series of adult continuing-education seminars at Björklunden. For more information call: 920.839.2216.

The Clearing is an adult school of discovery in the arts, nature, and humanities located on a high bluff above the waters of Green Bay in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.

Crossroads at Big Creek
The John and Helen Collins Learning Center at the Crossroads provides life long learning experiences for all ages. The Crossroads also has a naturalist and a system of public trails, groomed ski trails and snowshoe trails - always free and open around the clock.
Numerous nature programs including public viewing nights at the Everson Observatory occur throughout the year. The Door County Historical Society's Historical Village features several restored buildings onsite.

Door County Kayak Tours - Sea Kayaking Lessons
Learn something new! Become a confident Kayaker in 3-4 Lessons.

"Hi Dave - Just wanted to thank you again for a great beginners class of kayaking. You took us out to Peninsula Park and my wife Terrie was the one who got stuck on the rocks!!!! You were so patient with all of us and made us feel very comfortable in such a new environment because we are not good swimmers at all."

- Jim and Terrie Benton

Door County School of Performing Arts under the direction of Blake Siewert features the Door County Children's Choir, the Door County Children's Theatre and provides private voice and keyboard instruction.

Door County Sail & Power Squadron specializes in boating education. Each year they sponsor classes for the general public including a GPS seminar and a series called Boat Smart®. Members may select from a wider array including courses on seamanship and navigation, marine-oriented electives and home-study guides.

Ephraim Sailing Center is where to go for a quick sailing lesson. Sailboat rental is at South Shore Pier across from Wilson’s on Wisconsin 42, open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Renting a 15-foot sailboat is $60 for two hours, $15 for each additional hour. Lessons are $95 for two hours including the boat, and $15 for each additional person. Call 920.854.4336.

Ephraim Yacht Club is a members-only club, but provides lessons. An adult individual or family membership is $100, with an additional $100 first-time fee.
Members get free use of all club boats after a test of competency. A refresher course is free, private lessons are $35 an hour for individuals or $50 per hour for groups. Call 920.854.7107.

Hands on Art Studio invites fledgling artists to try their hand at ceramics, glass-fusing, clay sculpture, mosaic tiling, a new metal studio buffet and more. Painters have a choice of artistic canvases: ceramics, metal, t-shirts, wood or glassware.

3655 Peninsula Players Road
Fish Creek
Toll-free: 888.868.9311
Create mosaic frames, mirrors, ceramic serving platters, bowls, fused glass, sun-catchers, plates, mugs and bowls. Open daily May thru Oct 10am-6pm; open daily except Tues & Weds Nov thru Apr 10am-5pm. Hand's On Friday Adult Night takes place the year 'round from 6:30 - 10 PM - bring your own snacks and beverages, even beer & wine, a grill is available in summer for barbequing, free Sonny's Pizza provided throughout the evening, free live music on Adult Night during July and August.
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Junction Center Yoga Studio

3435 Junction Rd.

  • Find Balance - in all aspects of your life
  • Reduce stress
  • Gain flexibility - of the body and mind
  • Improve circulation
  • Build strength
  • Increase awareness - of your inner self
  • Transform your life

Peninsula Art School has classes the year 'round...
some as short as a day, some available in the evenings - accessible for artists and art appreciators of every age and ability. Visit them on the web to learn more.

The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor provides an ongoing series of hikes, workshops and seminars throughout the year, led by educator-naturalists at the Ridges Center in Baileys Harbor. In summer they also feature half-day programs for children age 4 through 6th grade.
Office: 920.839.2802
Nature Store: 920.839.1101

Experiential Education is the specialty at the Team Leadership Center... The general premise of experiential education is the idea that the more active our learning, the more we retain.
By designing programs that meet high safety standards, TLC makes it possible to safely experience the thrill of risk-taking and high level accomplishment. A day at the Team Leadership Center, Inc. gives you more confidence, more initiative and more strategies for success than you ever thought possible. Prices vary with the group's size and program, which include: Indoor Ropes Courses, Rock Climbing Workshops, Climbing Gym, Outdoor Climbing Wall, Fly fishing, Canoeing and Sea Kayaking Workshops

Wisconsin Theater Game Center
Founded by noted playwright and director, the late Paul Sills, WTGC offers theater game intensive workshops each summer in Baileys Harbor. The Intensive is a concentrated series of courses in playing Viola Spolin's consciousness-reaising exercises (
Improvisation for the Theater, Northwestern University Press).
Actors, theater students, teachers, and other players are invited. Each Intensive includes ten workshops - lodging is not provided. Visit them on-line to register...

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