In the heart of Kentucky's coalfields, Pine Mountain Settlement School is reigniting a vision so old it is new again. Visit, support, and advocate for the beautiful people, children, cultures, and wildlands of the Kentucky Mountains.
The most beautiful place on earth is serving Eastern Kentucky with world-class Environmental Education programming, people- and place-driven Community Development, sustainable and traditional Agricultural stewardship, and strong Appalachian Cultures and Heritage. Serving the people of the Kentucky Mountains since 1913, our mission is to enrich lives and connect people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.
The annual Nativity Play will be presented Sunday, December 9 at 3 and 7 p.m. in the Pine Mountain Settlement School Chapel. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance for special music.
Bring your sweetheart(s) to Pine Mountain Settlement School for a candlelight dinner at 6 pm on Thursday, February 14. Relax and enjoy traditional Appalachian cuisine in the beautiful historic Laurel House.
Join us as we kick-off the gardening season with our annual seed swap! Heirloom seed expert Bill Best will be on hand. Many rare local bean and tomato varieties will be available for purchase and be sure to bring your own heirloom seeds to sell or trade.
Come learn about simple herbal products that can be manufactured in our new community commercial kitchen from high-value herbs such as goldenseal and bloodroot. Expert herbalist Melissa Calhoun will be there to present. There will be a free soup bean dinner after the workshop.
One of the most common problems that will prevent you from having a good harvest is unhealthy soil. Learn how to test your soil to determine what nutrients are missing. Also, we will discuss how to best use cover crops, composting, animal manures, and other fertilizers to ensure a bountiful harvest.
Local beekeeper and traditional skills expert Gary Branson will demonstrate how to build and use hollow log style bee hives. You will also learn what you need to know about selling honey and other honey based value added products to the public.
Every spring, naturalists, photographers, and nature-lovers flock to Pine Mountain to immerse themselves in one of the region's most prolific wildflower habitats.
Whether you are looking for an out-of-school experience like no other or want to see some of the rarest wildflowers in the world, Pine Mountain Settlement School is your destination. We offer outstanding overnight programs for schools, unique adult and family workshops, and an array of community farm workshops.
A hidden gem in your own backyard: Pine Mountain Settlement School is a beautiful 3 to 5 hour drive from Lexington, Louisville, Knoxville, Atlanta, and Cincinnati. Find an event to attend, bring your family or organization for a retreat, or encourage your local school to visit.