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.
Every spring, naturalists, photographers, and nature-lovers flock to Pine Mountain to immerse themselves in one of the region's most prolific wildflower habitats.
Join us as we learn the old time methods and skills necessary for plowing, log skidding, and sled pulling with draft animals.
Join us May 10-12 as we celebrate the unique and important ecosystem of Black Mountain.
Celebrate God's gift to humanity: Moms! Join us in the beautiful Laurel House for a farm-fresh supper. Moms are free; everyone else $10.
Come and see our high tunnels in action. Learn about season extension, drip irrigation, trellising systems, and other aspects of growing under cover that help you ensure high quality produce.
This workshop covers all the basics of fruit tree selection, planting, maintenance, and pruning. We will also discuss Appalachian heirloom tree varieties and how to preserve these genetics for future generations to enjoy.
Learn, hike, and experience Kentucky's most beautiful and bio-diverse wildlands during Pine Mountain's renowned Lucy Braun forest study workshop. The workshop is named in honor of one of the first and foremost conservationists of the 20th century, E. Lucy Braun.
Local children in grades K-12 come together at Pine Mountain Settlement School for the annual day camp. Students participate in environmental and cultural activities, crafts and hikes.
Mountain gardeners must be creative in dealing with a large variety of animals and pests. Learn how to best manage your garden and ensure that you produce high quality fruits and vegetables this year. We will discuss best practices for dealing with bear, coyote, deer, raccoons, and various insects.
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.