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.
Learn from expert winter gardeners how you can grow some of the best tasting and highest value vegetables earlier and later in the growing season.
Join the 100 year-old traditions of Pine Mountain Settlement School at Fair Day. New this year, we will be incorporating our Sorghum Stir-Off into the festivities.
During Fall Arts Weekend, learn and work with experts in workshops in nature photography, dry stone masonry, weaving, woodcarving, and stained glass. Award-winning dry stone mason Drystone Joe will be returning to Pine Mountain to teach the School’s dry stone masonry workshop.
Enjoy the crisp fall mountain days at Pine Mountain Settlement School learning and perfecting the art of dry stone masonry with expert instructor Drystone Joe Dinwiddie. In this workshop, participants will learn the principles of tried and true drystone masonry connection, informed by the traditions of global stonemasonry through time.
Come joins us to discuss growing and marketing some of Appalachia’s most powerful and profitable plants, Ginseng and Goldenseal. We will also learn about cultivating several varieties of gourmet mushrooms that can easily be produced here.
Skip the Smoky Mountain crowds and experience the unadulterated Appalachian fall beauty at Fall Color Weekend.
Pine Mountain Settlement School would like to honor those who have served our country on Saturday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Laurel House. Veteran's and those presently serving will be provided a free meal and fellowship with members of all branches of the military.
There is no cost to Veterans and those presently serving in the military.
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.