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.
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.
Campers will be immersed in interactive, hands-on farm fun with plants and animals.
Enjoy the solitude of the summer mountains and learn to fly fish with renowned guide Bill Carman. In this weekend workshop, participants will experience the wonderful hospitality of Pine Mountain Settlement School while learning everything they need to know to fly fish.
Explore the world of puppets, the ocean, cooking and more. A fun reading camp for all children.
Have your teen (14-17 year olds) spend a week in the rich, green forests of the Appalachian Mountains—known as the most significant biodiversity “hotspot” east the Rocky Mountains. In this summer overnight camp, students will work with researchers to investigate one of its most diverse and secretive inhabitants—salamanders and explore their relationship to water quality in the region.
The annual Pine Mountain Alumni and Community Reunion will be held on the campus of the Pine Mountain Settlement School on Saturday, August 10.
A National Historic Landmark, Pine Mountain Settlement School was founded in 1913 as a school for children in Kentucky's remote southeastern mountains and a social center for surrounding communities.
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.