October Family Norwegian Language Adventure!

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

October Family Norwegian Language Adventure!

Sign up for the adventure before September 21, 2020! with Dr. Maren Johnson and Evelyn Galstad

Level of Instruction
For families together (at least one adult).
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Join us this October for some family-fun outdoor adventure and learn some Norwegian language along the way! Through hands-on activities, fun crafts, light hearted games and short videos, you and your family will learn and practice your new Norwegian skills both indoors and outside. A kit will be delivered right to your home containing supplies for these language activities, a helpful reference sheet for all the new words and expressions you will be learning, a fun craft, and a yummy snack. 

The adventure starts on October 1 and will focus on friluftsliv, the Nordic concept of embracing outdoor living. Vocabulary and phrases will surround nature, weather, hiking, and the great outdoors. The instructional videos teaching you these key terms will be short, as to ensure you will have plenty of time to be active and explore the world around you. These videos and activities are geared towards all ages, but probably most appropriate for families with school age children. You and your family will be spending time outside, enjoying the fresh air, and truly experiencing the essence of friluftsliv

In the spirit of the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv, the scavenger-hunt-type activity will get you up and moving, exploring and discovering all the great outdoors has to offer wherever you are and whenever you choose. 


Don't hesitate to contact Josh Torkelson, Digital Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (jtorkelson@vesterheim.org).  


Supplies: The $20-per-family price covers the cost of a special adventure kit, which includes language activities, reference sheets, fun hands-on craft activity, snack, and directions for downloading and using the Goosechase app (a free app that is downloadable on any iOS or Android device).  

Special Instructions: Your “family” could be any combination of adult or adults and child or children, all who are ready to have fun and learn some norsk are welcome!When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to. Kits are mailed out as registration and payment are completed. Scanvenger hunt results will be shared on social media on Saturday, November 14. Only one adult should register for the whole family. 

Enrollment Deadline: September 21, 2020



Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructors

Dr. Maren Johnson

Dr. Maren Johnson

Dr. Maren Anderson Johnson is assistant professor of Nordic Studies and Director of the Richard L. and Judith A. Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies at Luther College. She teaches courses in Norwegian language and contemporary Nordic culture. Johnson received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Scandinavian language and literature from the University of Washington and B.A. in Norwegian language and literature from Pacific Lutheran University.

Evelyn  Galstad

Evelyn Galstad

Evelyn Galstad, or Eddy as she is known to many, is an instructor of Norwegian language with Vesterheim. She is a recent graduate of Luther College, where she studied Vocal Performance and Nordic Studies. Last spring, Eddy worked closely with Professor Maren Johnson in an internship focused on curriculum development for Vesterheim’s after-school program, Norsk Skole. Her interest in Norwegian language and culture started young, beginning with her family ties to Norway and then deepened as she started attending Skogfjorden, the Norwegian village at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. For the past four summers, Eddy has taught Norwegian at Skogfjorden and has loved her time there. She is so excited to continue teaching at Vesterheim and cannot wait for the adventures ahead!


Learn a little more about Vesterheim’s Folk Art School Instructors, and meet Evelyn in this video.