Adult Programming

Taught by local community members, artists, and professors, our adult enrichment classes offer focused instruction on a variety of subjects and skills. They are designed to engage participants in history, craft, agriculture, and ecology. Whether exploring the fiber arts, participating in an educational mushroom walk on our trails, or learning to make cheese, our programs will introduce you to new techniques and ideas and connect you to the local community.

Join us at the farm for an investigation of our past, present and future.

Programs below are examples of past and current offerings. Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

See our EVENTS CALENDAR for a full schedule of Pineland Farms events.


 

Cheese Making & Dairy Tour

While learning the basics of making cheese curds, enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our dairy facility.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Nature Forest Therapy

Are you looking for a different way to destress and connect to the natural world around you? Hughes Kraft, a Certified Nature Forest Therapy Guide, is partnering with Pineland Farms to share his knowledge of and love for the spectacular forests of Maine.

Nature Forest Therapy Walks are two hour opportunities to slow down, connect with nature and with oneself. It is not a destination hike, nor is it a nature walk where things are named and described, it is an invitation to explore the relationship between the humans and the more than human world surrounding us. We hope you accept.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Fiddlehead Forage

This 90 minute adventure will take you on a hike to the banks of the Royal River at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. Forage for fiddleheads with Retired Maine Game Warden Lt. Adam Gormely. His 35 + years in the Maine woods is sure to offer a knowledgeable and memorable experience. Learn where to find fiddleheads, how to prepare them, and then enjoy them in our favorite recipe when you return home. Morning and afternoon excursions available. Bring comfortable hiking boots and be prepared to hike at least 2 miles through flat and off trail conditions. *This program is subject to nature and our responsibility to sustainably harvest a wild resource. In the event nature doesn’t provide an abundance of fiddleheads on your chosen date we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel. Refunds will be accepted if this occurs.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Women’s Hike Night

Come join us on Wednesday evenings for our weekly Women’s Hike Night! This
weekly event is open to women of all ages and abilities. Meet some new friends or invite friends and family to join the Pineland Farms Outdoor Center staff for a guided 2-3 hour hike along our trail systems. Each week we will set out to explore a new trail system at Pineland Farms, so be ready to hike and explore for a few miles each trip! During this outing you will be learning how to read our trail maps and locate where you are on the trails, how to prep for hiking adventures, proper hiking attire, responsible leave no trace principals, hiking etiquette, wildlife / insect protection, and much more! Hike ending times may vary.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Mushroom Identification Walk

Join North Spore Mushrooms for an informative mushroom walk and learn about cultivation, foraging, and local mushroom species. Add to your knowledge or learn a new skill!

North Spore is based out of Westbrook and specializes in fresh mushroom cultivation as well as producing “mushroom spawn” for home growers and mushroom farms.

These walks are a great time to learn and ask all your mushroom questions!  Baskets or mesh bags and pocket knives are encouraged for collecting.

Be prepared to be outside for the entirety of the program.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Full Moon Hike or Snowshoe Hike

Bring some friends or family and come join us for a full moon hike. We will be hiking from the Pineland Farms Outdoor Center. Enjoy a lit firepit and great views of the Full Moon and the surrounding stars. During this outing you will be learning how to read our trail maps and locate where you are on the trails, how to prep for hiking adventures, proper hiking attire, responsible leave no trace principals, hiking etiquette, wildlife / insect protection, and much more!

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Reading the Forested Landscape

Have you ever wondered how old the trees and forests that surround you are? How could you find out?

Join Shane Duigan, District Forester from the Maine Forest Service District, to learn how to read the clues in the landscape!

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Bike Night

Come Join us for a family friendly group bike ride! We will be meeting at the Pineland Farms Outdoor Center and will take a 2-hour ride around one of the many Pineland Farms Nordic ski trails. We will be going over how to read our trail maps, safe riding practices, trail etiquette, general bike maintenance, and leave no trace principals. Bring your own bike & helmet or rent one from us.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Summer Garden Series

Located at the Garden on Freeport Rd. across from the main Pineland Farms Campus. Enjoy and relax in the beautiful garden surroundings. Stroll the winding paths or mingle with friends. We’ll be there to answer your garden questions in a casual setting. Iced Tea and light Pineland Farms refreshments will be served. Join us by yourself, with a friend, or in a group.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Spring has Spawned with North Spore!

Getting your garden ready for mushroom cultivation with North Spore

Every gardener in America should be growing mushrooms! If upgrading your garden this year sounds fun, join Louis Giller for an informative presentation. He will cover:

  • Steps for a successful season of outdoor mushroom cultivation
  • Growing techniques, tools and materials needed as well as the appropriate mushroom species to use
  • Best times to prepare, plant, and expect harvests
  • How to keep the garden healthy throughout the season.

North Spore is based out of Westbrook and specializes in fresh mushroom cultivation as well as producing “mushroom spawn” for home growers and mushroom farms.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Mushroom Cultivation Classes with North Spore!

Have you been looking for a way to level up and diversify your garden? Maybe you have a shady, soggy section in your yard that isn’t suited to vegetables? If this sounds like you, learning to be a mushroom farmer with North Spore is the answer! The focus of this class will be to educate participants in two different outdoor mushroom cultivation methods:

Log Inoculation & Mushroom Beds

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up for available adult programs.

Mushroom Cultivation