Our workshops are the perfect opportunity to step away from the business of life and reconnect with the beauty of nature and the simplicity of folk culture. Enjoy housing in our historic buildings, eat farm-to-table foods, enjoy live music and expert lectures, and then enjoy a program of guided hikes and / or folk crafts. We will take you to the most unique and pristine ecosystems in Eastern Kentucky.
Pine Mountain wildflower Weekend
In mid-April, the campus of Pine Mountain Settlement School is in full bloom with over 100 species of wildflowers. The forest comes alive with trillium, showy orchis, dwarf crested iris, and more. During Pine Mountain Wildflower Weekend, folks of all ages will participate in guided hikes along our forested trails, eat farm-fresh meals, and enjoy the beauty and peace of our campus.
Black Mountain Wildflower Weekend
Join us as we celebrate the unique and important ecosystem of Black Mountain. As the highest point in Kentucky, this mountain is home to many rare species of wildflowers including painted trillium, rosy twisted stalk, purple fringed orchid, and Kentucky’s largest population of Turk’s cap Lilly. On Friday evening, we will hear a lecture from an expert ecologist after supper. On Saturday, we will explore the mountainside in search of rare flowers and learn what makes this habitat so important. That evening we will return to a hot meal and lively music.
Lucy Braun Naturalist Weekend
This forest study workshop is named in honor of one of the first and foremost conservationists of the 20th century, E. Lucy Braun. Daily field trips will include 4- to 8-mile hikes to various forest types and habitats including remnant old growth forest and high elevation mixed mesophytic forests.
Fall Arts & Color weekend
Skip the Smoky Mountain crowds and experience the unadulterated Appalachian fall beauty at Fall Color Weekend. This family-friendly event has activities for all ages including hikes, expert presentations, live music, and nature programming for children. Bring the whole family and mix-and-match workshops for a personal experience.