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

Family Programs

Photo © Erika Hemphill

Family programs at Pineland Farms engage children and adults of all ages in fun-filled educational opportunities throughout the farm.


Programs are $5 per person. Please purchase your tickets at The Market and Welcome Center. All programs are at the Education Barn at the Family Farmyard, unless stated otherwise. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to buy tickets and get to your program. Program participants receive a 10% off coupon to The Market and Welcome Center.

Summer 2014 Family Education Programs
Spring 2014 Family Education Programs
Ask about our season passes for only $100! (for families of up to 4)
Enjoy unlimited participation in family programming and self-guided tours.


SALSA MAKING
Posted: 08/19/2014

August 19, 21, and 27, 10:00–11:30 am
Open to ages 3 and up
$5.00 per person
Buy tickets at The Market & Welcome Center

We'll harvest tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and onions from the garden and make farm-fresh salsa.


ICE CREAM MAKING
Posted: 08/20/2014

August 20, 10:00–11:30 am
Open to all ages
$5.00 per person
Buy tickets at The Market & Welcome Center

Let’s learn how to make ice cream! First, we’ll visit our dairy cows and learn where the milk comes from to make this yummy frozen treat!


FRIDAY ON THE FARM
Posted: 08/22/2014

Every Friday, 10:00–11:30 am
Open to all ages
$5.00 per person
Buy tickets at The Market & Welcome Center

Every Friday Explore life here on the farm. We'll collect eggs, milk a cow, and help feed the farmyard animals.


Improving Performance Through Knowledge - 5* Training Session
Posted: 08/22/2014

Improving Performance Through Knowledge - 5* Training Session

The Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms will welcome back FEI 5* Judge Stephen Clarke for a 2nd symposium, this time with fellow FEI 5* Judge Gary Rockwell, on December 9th& 10th, following the 2014 USDF Annual Convention being held in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 2012 The Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms embarked on its mission to create a regional training center for dressage athletes. As described by DressageDaily, Pineland Farms’ “high level of commitment to providing ongoing educational opportunities is complimented by a program designed to give participants access to the level of support and guidance critical to developing riders and their equine partners to their full potential.” In pursuit of that goal, The Equestrian Center has hosted events of its own while also partnering with Region 8 GMOs, New England Dressage Association & Maine Dressage Society. Over the last 2 years, The Equestrian Center has been host to Stephen Clarke, Ashley Holzer, Michael Klimke, Christoph Hess, Angelika Frömming, and sport psychologist to the 2012 London Olympic Team, Dr. Jenny Susser.

RIDER applications are being accepted through October 15th. We are looking for horse-and-rider combinations to join a few of our own in demonstrating how to ride and train for competition. A variety of levels will be represented, and accepted riders will spend 2 days exploring how to develop a better “lesson plan” for their horses.

AUDITORS will share in the learning by educating their eyes to precision and quality as riders are guided by Clarke & Rockwell. Day 1 (Tuesday) will showcase riders going through their warm-up and riding some movements from their appropriate level. Clarke & Rockwell will highlight the movements done with quality, and they will work with riders to improve the precision of the move difficult parts. Day 2 (Wednesday) will continue this theme with riders performing their whole test, followed by commentary from the judges.

USEF JUDGES in attendance will be invited to share their biggest “pet peeves” about test riding, and Clarke & Rockwell will use demo riders to sort those movements out, providing a more concrete road map as to how to break the movement down, what is being tested, and how to present your horse to the best of its ability.

AUDITORS, this is your opportunity to learn what the pros know! What’s the difference in their approach to test riding, regardless of their horse’s talent, that sets them apart? What ARE the judges looking for? Come see. Come ask questions.

Come spend two days in southern Maine with fellow dressage enthusiasts and two of our sport’s most influential figures.

Download the Auditor/Rider Form or visit our online registration (coming soon!).


STORY WALK
Posted: 08/25/2014

Every Monday, Memorial Day to Labor Day
Start at The Market and Welcome Center at 10:00 am
FREE admission

Join us for a 1-mile stroll on our trails, stopping to read along the way.


FAMILY FARMYARD FUN
Posted: 08/26/2014

August 26, 10:00–11:30 am
Open to all ages
$5.00 per person
Buy tickets at The Market & Welcome Center

Meet the farmyard animals up close and personal, and learn how we care for them. We’ll feed the pigs, goats, sheep, and cows, and collect eggs from the chickens.


HARVEST LUNCH
Posted: 08/28/2014

August 28, 10:00–11:30 am
Open to ages 3 and up
$5.00 per person
Buy tickets at The Market & Welcome Center

Come with an appetite—to eat and learn! We'll harvest our own lunch and enjoy a picnic on the farm.