General Policies & FAQs

We appreciate your interest in Marine Mills Folk School! If you don’t find the answer to your question on this page, please contact us at for the quickest response or leave a message at 612-440-6295.

Cancellation Policy

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 14 days before the class date will receive a refund less a $20 cancellation fee to cover administration costs. In consideration of our instructors, students who cancel 14 days or less prior to the class will NOT receive a refund.

Certain classes may have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the class description.

Classes without a minimum number of registrations may be canceled. If we must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund for that course. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class’s cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.

Illness Policy

Our goal is to keep our students, instructors, volunteers, and staff safe during classes, so please stay home if you are sick. If you’ve been exposed to COVID/flu/other viruses, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask. We have masks available, if you need one. 

With a consistent and continuous decline in COVID-related hospitalizations, we have updated our COVID cancellation policy to coincide with our general cancellation policy. We are unfortunately no longer able to offer refunds to those who have to cancel their class registration because they test positive for COVID. Students may transfer their registration to another person or offer the spot to someone on the waitlist (if there is one). Please email if you have any questions.

This policy was reviewed on October 2, 2023 by the MMFS Board of Directors.

Materials Fees & Supplies

Many classes will include an additional ‘materials fee’ to cover the materials used by students to complete their projects in class. This fee will be added to the class tuition. A breakdown of cost details can be found in every class description.

Student Ages

Unless otherwise noted, our classes are designed for and open to adult students (18 years old and older). However, we take our mission of encouraging intergenerational learning seriously, and so also offer classes designed for a combination of age groups. These classes will be identified through an ‘Age Requirement’ field on the class description and “Intergenerational” in the class title. Each instructor defines what the minimum age requirement is, based on the complexity of the class. Tuition rates may vary for adult/youth pairings, so please see the class description.

Community Events
Anyone under the age of 18 is welcome to attend MMFS community events (Knit Night, Dare to Repair, Bluegrass Jam Session, Beginner’s Bridge, etc.), with the exception of Open Carving, which is for those ages 18 years or older. Attendees ages 16 and 17 are welcome to attend without a parent or guardian when prior written consent from a guardian is provided to MMFS at Attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Personal Property

Marine Mills Folk School is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students and instructors.


No pets are allowed on the campus of Marine Mills Folk School.


Marine Mills Folk School is an inclusive organization and all students are welcome.


Marine Mills Folk School believes everyone should experience the joy of creating! If you are unable to take a class due to financial considerations, we have scholarship funds available. Thanks to a generous grant from the Lee S. and Dorothy N. Whitson Fund and the Scandia/Marine Lions Foundation, you can get help to cover some tuition costs.  Applying is simple: just email us at and ask for details. Currently, our scholarships cover half of tuition but not materials fees.

Marine Mills Folk School is working to build this scholarship program. If you are interested in supporting our scholarship program, please contact us at

Marine Mills Folk School Main Campus

Marine Mills Folk School              
550 Pine St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047


The Marine Mills Folk School campus is fully accessible. Classes held off-campus may not be accessible due to the location and nature of the class. Please contact to learn more.

Additional Locations

Christ Lutheran Church (CLC) Kitchen
150 5th St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Accessibility: CLC is fully accessible

Inclement Weather Policy

We will make every attempt to hold scheduled classes. However, Marine Mills Folk School may cancel or postpone a class due to forecasted weather conditions that would make it unsafe for our students and instructors to make the trip to the folk school. All those registered for a class will be notified that class is canceled via email and text (to the phone number provided during the registration process) 24 hours before the scheduled start of class. Those without a cell phone will also receive a phone call. Participants are also welcome to email and check the website for more information. When possible, we will also post notices about canceling or postponing classes on our social media channels (Facebook and Instagram).

Depending upon the instructor’s schedule, a canceled class may be rescheduled for a later date. Students will have the option of receiving a full refund or being moved to the rescheduled class.


We respect your privacy and will not sell or give your mailing address or email address to another party. We use our mailing list to notify you of new classes and current events at Marine Mills Folk School. You may ask to be removed from our mailing list or other communications at any time by contacting us at


How do I register for a class?

On the class description page, click the Register button to begin the process.

How do I know if Marine Mills Folk School has received my registration?

Once you submit your class registration, you should receive a confirmation email from Marine Mills Folk School with the following information: Name, Date & Time of the class, Class Attendee name, address and email address, and amount paid for the class. If the class you have registered for is online, the registration will also contain the Zoom link for the class.

What if I don’t receive a registration verification email?

Often, emails from Marine Mills Folk School end up in a spam folder. To prevent this from happening, please add to your contact list. If you do not find your notification in your spam folder, your registration may not have gone through!  Please email asking for help in confirming your registration.  

Can I be put on a waiting list for a sold out class?

Yes, we maintain a waiting list for each class. To be placed on the list, continue with the class registration, providing us with your name and other requested information. When you click “Continue,” you will be told that the class is full and asked if you would like to be added to the Waitlist. If you click “Yes,” and a spot in the class becomes available, we will reach out to you to see if you would like to join the class.

Please note: Being placed on the waitlist will NOT automatically register you for the next time we hold the same class. You must re-register for a class if you were on the waitlist and did not attend.

My class is online! When do I get the link for the class?

You will receive the Zoom link in the registration confirmation email and then again two days before the class starts. This Class Reminder email will include all the information you will need to take the class, including the Zoom link. Once again, if you have not received this email please check your spam folder.

I can’t find my list of things to bring to class.

Within the class description on our website is  a list of everything that you will need to bring to your class. You also will receive a reminder two days prior to the class that contains a reference list of everything you need to bring.

I can’t make it to the class! What is your cancellation policy?

  • Students who cancel 14 days or less prior to the class will not receive a refund – we make a commitment to our instructors and pay them for anyone who cancels within that 14-day period.
  • Students who cancel their enrollment more than 14 days before the class begins will receive a refund less a $20 cancellation fee to cover administration costs.
  • Classes without a minimum number of registrations may be canceled. If we must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund for that course.
  • Certain classes may have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the class description.

Be sure that you are familiar with your class’s cancellation policy, and contact us at with any questions.

I have a question that’s not listed here. How can I get more information?

Email us at and we will answer your questions as quickly as we can.

I’ve got a great idea for a class, what should I do?

We love getting class ideas! Send to or if you’re interested in being an instructor, submit your idea here. Many thanks!

Donations and Volunteering

Marine Mills Folk School is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of donors, volunteers and people taking classes to make our school thrive.

Learn more below and at Thank you!

Donate to Marine Mills Folk School

Make a tax-deductible gift to Marine Mills Folk School! Whether by becoming a member, making a one-time donation, or giving a gift of stock, there are many ways you can support our mission financially.


Members ensure we have the ability to fulfill our mission to offer opportunities for everyone to discover the joys of creating together through traditional arts & crafts.

One-time Gifts

As a non-profit organization, we welcome gifts of any size in order to help advance our mission.

Additional Support

Marine Mills Folk School accepts gifts given through bequests or wills, DAFs or family foundations, gifts of stock, and more.

Learn more and make a donation.

Contact us with additional questions.

Thank you!

Volunteer at Marine Mills Folk School

Are you passionate about our mission? Have a lot (or even just a little) time? We would love for you to join our group of volunteers.

Here are just some of the types of volunteer jobs available at Marine Mills Folk School:

  • Class-day host
  • Help with short- or long-term special projects
  • Special events like our fall festival
  • Office and administrative tasks

Contact us at to begin the process of becoming a volunteer!

Visiting Marine Mills Folk School

Whether you’re taking a class, looking for a tour of the school, or interested in visiting Marine on St. Croix and our surrounding communities, you are welcome here. Contact us at with your questions.

Where is Marine Mills Folk School located?

Marine Mills Folk School co-shares its space with Marine Village School.

550 Pine Street
Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Use the rear entrance, accessed from the parking lot. Follow the signs.

Visitor Information

If you are coming from out of town, find more information here about where to stay and what to do while you’re here.

Check In

Please check in at the front desk so that we can take attendance for your class.

Parking is available in the parking lot on the west side of the building as well as street parking in front of our building.

What to Bring to Your MMFS Class

  • Please refer to the class listing in our website and the class confirmation email you were sent prior to your class. Some classes use only supplied materials. Others ask that you bring materials or tools, and offer clothing recommendations. These are listed in class descriptions and in your emailed class confirmation.
  • Remember to bring a mask to wear during class if you would like to wear one. We also have masks available at the front desk.
  • Please DO NOT bring pets, young children, or other observers.
  • In general we do not allow non-registered individuals. Exceptions may apply, but please check first.