All classes are offered by the Friends of Florida Maritime Museum, a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation in Cortez, Florida. Our classes are intended for adult learners, children and young teens accompanied by an adult. Your tuition is our primary means of support, along with membership and donations.


How early should I register?

We recommend registering as soon as possible to secure your spot. Our classes are small and can fill up quickly.

How do I register? 

Online: Register and pay online 24 hours a day. CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED.

Telephone: Call 941 -708-6120 Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In Person: 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215, Tuesday – Saturday, open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click for Directions »

How do I pay for a class? 

Payment in full is due at the time of initial registration in order to secure your place. Registration can be made completely online with a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover card. If you choose cash as your payment option, you much pay (cash or check*) in person within 3 business days of initially registering online or you will forfeit your spot. This policy discourages no-shows on the day of the class and allows students on the waitlist to attend the class.

*A $25 fee will be charged for returned checks

What should I expect after registration? 

Keep an eye on your inbox for an email confirmation (be sure to check your junk or spam folder). If your registration confirmation is missing please call us at 941 -708-6120  or email Info@FloridaFolkSchool.org to confirm that your registration is complete.

Confirmation will be sent out via email. For local accommodations, restaurants, and other points of interest in and around the Cortez Fishing Village area, please see our “Places to Stay, Eat & Things to Do” pages or our local Convention & Visitors Bureau.

What if the class is full? 

The Folk School manages waiting lists for full classes. After a class has reached capacity, a waiting list for that event will be created here. Submit your name to the waiting list and, if a spot opens, a staff member will contact you about payment. You will only be contacted if a spot has opened up.

Private Event Inquiries

How do I register for a private event?

Please fill out the form on the private class page and we will respond to your inquiry within 5 business days. Private Events at the Folk School

What are the requirements for a private event?

Onsite events must have 10 people or more for a private event.  The application form must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the desired date.


What if I register but can’t attend? 

There are several options including refunds or transfers to another person or date. However, these options have time limits and are subject to non-negotiable administrative fees.

Refunds: Most classes are refundable, less our administrative fee ($15), until two weeks (14 days) before a class. Under certain circumstances (including an instructor traveling a great distance, long class duration, or a class with high material costs) there may be a deposit and longer lead time for cancellations. This information will be specified in the course description. Due to registration costs and other services, including instructor contracts, material acquisitions, and other arrangements, cancellations of less than two weeks (14) will be ineligible for a refund. To cancel your registration, please call us at 941 -708-6120 or email Info@FloridaFolkSchool.org .

Transfers to Another Class: Students may transfer their registration to another class with no penalty up to one week (7 days) before a class. The class must be taken within 6 months of the class originally registered for. Once transferred, the class will be ineligible for a refund or second transfer. If you are transferring to a class that costs more than your original class, you will be required to pay the difference. If the class you are transferring to is less, the difference will be forfeited. To transfer to another class, call us at 941 -708-6120  or email Info@FloridaFolkSchool.org .

Registration Transfers to Another Student: Registrations are transferable to another person up until the day before the class. Class registrations can only be transferred to another student once. If you would like to transfer your registration to another person, please call us as early as possible at 941 -708-6120 or email Info@FloridaFolkSchool.org .

What if the Folk School cancels a class? 

The Folk School reserves the right to cancel classes as it deems necessary. In the event of a cancellation by the Folk School, registered students will have the option to apply the class fee to another class with open registration or receive a full refund of the registration fee.


Where will the class be? 

All classes are held on the property of the Florida Maritime Museum unless otherwise specified. Class location on the property varies depending on the needs for the specific classes.

The Florida Maritime Museum is located in the historic Cortez Fishing Village.  Click for Directions »

Are the material and supply fees included in the cost? 

Yes! The amount you see on the website is the full amount you will be paying. Any additional supplies needed are listed in the “What to Bring” section of the class listing and vary depending on the class.

Are there age requirements? 

Adult courses are designed for students 18 years or older. No one under the age of 18 may attend these classes unless stated.

I have mobility issues or restrictions, will I still be able to attend? 

The Folk School’s terrain varies greatly depending on where your class will be. If you have mobility issues or have other concerns and would like to discuss the specific location for a class, please contact us at  941 -708-6120 or Info@FloridaFolkSchool.org .

What terms and conditions am I agreeing to? 

By taking a class with the Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum you will be required to sign a photo and liability waiver. To view a PDF of this waiver, click the link below

Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum Waiver and Release