Education

Education is at the heart of Pineland Farms' mission. Our 5,000-acre property offers an inspiring classroom for students of all ages. On the farm the learning takes place in our forests, fields, barns, gardens and farmyard. Through hands-on participation visitors have the opportunity to explore their connection 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 agriculture and to foster the appreciation of our natural surroundings.

Farmyard

Passes & Pricing

Farmyard Pass:
$5 (access to farm & drop-in programs)

Kids 2 & under: FREE

Pre-Registration Programs:
$5.00 - $8.00 (must register online). Find out what's happening this week here.

Field Trips:
Learn more about field trips at Pineland Farms here.

Season Pass (for families of up to 4): $100.00
Enjoy unlimited participation in family programming and self-guided tours.

Birthday Parties: $200.00
Have your next birthday party at Pineland Farms!

What and when is the Farmyard?

The Family Farmyard offers an educational and hands on venue to experience farm life here in Maine.

The farmyard is open daily year round from 10am-4pm with laying hens and Holstein cows in residence and an engaging outdoor play area. Beginning in mid-May and continuing through September, we welcome a wider variety of animals from local farms to our pastures including goats, sheep, pigs and more. In June, July and August of each summer we offer educator led hourly activities in the farmyard, some of which could include hand milking a Holstein cow, collecting chicken eggs or meeting the sheep. Learn about different farming methods, animal jobs and products, or ask us your farm animal questions!

We are always cooking up a fun new experience (or tasty summer treat, cough cough, ice cream) in the farmyard so stay tuned for details as the warmer months approach. Check out our family program schedule for food, garden and animal based programming.

Who: The farmyard is open to explorers of all ages and walks of life. If you are 3, 30, or 93 and have always wondered what it would be like to milk a cow on a balmy summer day, join us!

Where: The Family Farmyard is located behind the Education Barn on the Valley Farm at Pineland. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the Market and Welcome Center. With your farm pass you have access to the farm all day long (10am-4pm) and imagine this, all of the cow kisses you could dream of!

Why: In an increasingly busy and disconnected world we feel it is more important now than ever to stay connected to the natural world around us. Here at Pineland it is our mission to:
  • educate participants about local natural history and agriculture
  • inspire participants to become active stewards of land and resources
  • connect participants to forests, fields, livestock and land
  • facilitate a meaningful hands-on experience
  • create a positive educational experience emphasizing fun and learning