General Information

What to Expect
Your instructor can provide more depth to classes and events when they begin on time. Plan to arrive in time to settle in before your class start time. If your class will be outdoors for all or part of the class, be prepared for Alaska’s variable weather with several layers of clothes and appropriate footwear.

Most classes will break during normal meal times and are your own responsibility, unless otherwise noted in the course description. The campus has a kitchen that you are welcome to use for simple preparation during meal time. We recommend that you visit the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce if you prefer to try one of Talkeetna’s great restaurants, many of which are within walking distance of our campus.

Talkeetna is home to a variety of lodging options, including hotel-style rooms, cabins, and historical roadhouse-style rooms. Many are within walking distance of the campus. To find an option that best suits your needs, we recommend that you visit the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce.

The Alaska Folk School is a program of the Northern Susitna Institute (NSI) and is housed in their building near downtown Talkeetna, Alaska. The NSI is located at 22510 Talkeetna Spur Road in Talkeetna, AK. Travel north from Anchorage or south from Fairbanks on the George Parks Highway to mile 98. Turn on to the Talkeetna Spur Road (toward the east) and travel 14 miles. The NSI’s building is located on the left side of the Talkeetna Spur Road, just prior to downtown Talkeetna. Look for a white building with red trim.

Class Policies

Course Registration
Register online by clicking on the course you are interested in. Payment can be made online with PayPal or by emailing or calling (907) 733-7111 to arrange for other payment options. Your space is reserved upon receipt of full payment.

Payment Policy
Full payment is required to secure your enrollment in a class. Payments may be made by cash, credit card (Visa or MasterCard), check, or money order payable to Northern Susitna Institute.

Class Sizes & Deadlines
Registering early is encouraged, as most classes are intentionally kept small and may fill quickly. Classes that haven’t met the minimum enrollment number will be cancelled one to two weeks prior to the class date, and registered participants will be notified. Sign up early, but don’t hesitate to inquire last minute about space available!

Waiting Lists
If a course is full, you may be added to the waiting list by emailing or calling (907) 733-7111. Individuals on the waiting list will be contacted only if an opening becomes available.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 14 days prior to the first day of the course will receive a refund less a $25 administrative fee. Students who cancel their enrollment 14 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund. If Alaska Folk School must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund. Alaska Folk School and the Northern Susitna Institute will not be responsible for costs other than tuition and materials fees.

Age Policy
The minimum age for most Alaska Folk School courses is 16. In classes where this is not the case, the student age will be noted in the description. Courses that are suited for intergenerational learning are designated as “Age with adult:__”. Where no age minimum is specified, the minimum student age is 16. Please inquire at registration about age restrictions or intergenerational learning details.

Alaska Folk School offers scholarships and work study opportunities for those with energy or financial need.