Education

Education is at the heart of Pineland Farms' mission. Our 5,000-acre property offers an inspiring classroom for all ages. Much of the learning takes place in our forests, fields and farmyards. Through hands-on participation visitors have the opportunity to explore their connections to the natural and agricultural resources of Maine.


Learning is at the heart of Pineland Farms' mission. As our culture in southern Maine shifts to an increasingly urban and suburban way of life, it is more important than ever to emphasize the vital role of farming.

Student Field Trips

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Pineland Farms' field trips are offered year round, Tuesday through Thursday and last 1.5 hours. Field trips start anytime between 10:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. Each program is modified for the age of your group. Field trip experiences may vary due to the nature of a working farm.

FEES:
There is a $6.00 fee per student/per program.
Teachers are admitted free of charge. One adult chaperone is admitted free with every 10 students, additional chaperones cost $6.00.
Pineland Farms has a 10 student minimum for all field trips. If you would like to make other arrangements please contact us at education@pinelandfarms.org

Cancellation Policy: All field trips take place rain or shine. We will cancel during thunderstorms, school snow days and severe weather. If you need to cancel your field trip for any reason a one week notice is required. If you cancel after this time you will be billed for the cost of your trip.

To Register: Please call the education department at 207-650-3031 or email education@pinelandfarms.org.
Be prepared to provide 1st and 2nd choice for dates and desired time frame; contact name, phone number and email address; which field trip you would prefer; the grade or age range; and the number of students attending (as exact as possible). If there are any special accommodations your group may have during your visit to Pineland Farms, please let us know when booking. Upon booking you will receive an email confirmation, directions to where to meet for your field trip and a letter for all chaperones who plan to attend.

Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside on our grounds. Ice cream can be provided at the end of your visit for an additional fee.

Field Trips Offered

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From Moo to You
Have you ever wondered how milk gets to your table? Join us for a hands-on journey in our working dairy barns. We will interact with our Holsteins, play games and explore the barns to discover all that it takes to bring milk to your table. Please inquire about making butter, ice cream, or cheese.
Availability: Year round

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Cool Chickens
Join us for a hands-on look at poultry farming. We will take a look at how eggs get to your table by interacting with our flock of organic hens. We will collect eggs, dissect an egg to see what a chick needs to grow, and learn all about these birds. Let's head to the barn and see why chickens are cool.
Availability: Year round

Mittens, Meat and Ewe (you)
There is a rich history of sheep farming in Maine. Experience a real working sheep farm. We will get up close with lambs and ewes, learn about sheep care, and then take a hands-on look at how wool is turned into products. Please inquire about wet felting or weaving pouches.*
Availability: Curriculum under development, currently unavailable.

Farmyard Exploration
Come meet our farm animals up close and personal. We will learn how to safely interact with animals and discover the role they play on our farm. We will explore the farmer's job and the many hands that it takes to care for a farm. This trip will give you a better idea about the who, what, when and why of farming. Please inquire about collecting eggs or hand milking.
Availability: May to September

From Seed to Harvest
We need fruits and vegetables to grow up healthy and strong. Come see how we grow them on our farm. Each passing season brings a new stage to our garden. We are excited for you to get your hands dirty and learn as we plant, weed or harvest our crop. Through games and a variety of activities we will learn what seeds need to grow, the parts of a seed, and take a look at the life cycle of a plant. Please inquire about pumpkins in the Fall.*
Availability: May to September

Habitat is Home
From ponds to forest, animals, insects, and plants have special places they call home. Our trip will begin at the pond. Here we will explore with nets, cups and buckets, where we will catch, release and identify pond organisms. We will then take a short hike through the woods to compare and contrast the forest habitat. Students will gain better observation skills, learn all about habitats, and have fun exploring the pond and woods.
Availability: April, May and June

Pineland Farms Tour
Explore life here on the farm. We will discover why Maine farms play such a huge part in our economy. We will visit our dairy and poultry operations and get a chance to meet the animals that provide so much of the food we consume on a daily basis.
Availability: Year round


Recreational Activities
Come join us in our Outdoor Department for some year-round fun. We offer programs in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and orienteering (fourth grade and up). We also have hiking trails, a sledding hill and skating pond that are all free to use. If interested in any of these activities, please contact Matt Sabasteanski at .

Custom Programs
For an additional charge we can custom design a program for you based on or around your curriculum. There are lots of things to do at Pineland Farms throughout the year. Programs we have designed for past groups include: cow reproduction, farm tools and jobs, tree identification, wetland exploration etc.

*Additional cost or time may be required