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 en

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gage 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.

For more information contact the Department listed under the specific programs.

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Cheese Making & Dairy Tour

After learning the basics of making a simple cheese, enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our dairy facility including an observation of an afternoon milking.

Contact: Education@pinelandfarms.org or 207.650.3031

Availability: Jan. 22, 26 & Feb. 10, 20 – 3pm-5pm

Cost: $15 pp

Pre-registration is required: https://shop.pinelandfarms.org/collections/all-classes-events/products/winter-cheese-making-and-dairy-tour

 

 

 


Full Moon Snowshoe

Bring some friends or family and come join us for a full moon Snowshoe hike. We will be snowshoeing from the Pineland Farms Outdoor Center down Muskrat Hollow to the River Valley Cabin where the group will enjoy a lit firepit and great views of the Full Moon and the surrounding stars. During this outing you will be learning how to use and hike in snowshoes, how to read our trail maps and locate where you are on the trails, how to prep for snowshoeing adventures, proper snowshoeing attire, responsible leave no trace principals, Snowshoe etiquette, and much more!

Contact: Outdoor@pinelandfarms.org or 207.688.6599

Availability: Jan. 17, Feb. 16, March 18 – 5pm-8pm

Cost: $20pp

Pre-registration is required: https://shop.pinelandfarms.org/collections/all-classes-events/products/full-moon-hike


Basics of Mushroom Identification with North Spore

Have you ever walked by some beautiful mushrooms and wondered what they were, but didn’t even know where to begin? This class is for you! With another mushroom season approaching, Louis Giller from North Spore Mushrooms will discuss his favorite helpful sources and how to use them. Be extra prepared to appreciate and eat the fungal marvels of Maine.

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.

Contact: Education@pinelandfarms.org or 207.650.3031

Availability: March 18 – 3:30pm-5:30pm March 20 – 11am-1pm

Cost: $27pp

Pre-registration is required: https://shop.pinelandfarms.org/collections/all-classes-events/products/the-basics-of-mushroom-identification


 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.

Contact: Education@pinelandfarms.org or 207.650.3031

Availability: Jan. 9, 23 & Feb. 13, 27 11am-1pm

Cost: $20pp

Pre-registration is required:https://shop.pinelandfarms.org/collections/all-classes-events/products/nature-forest-therapy-1

 


Spring has Spawned:

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.

Contact: Education@pinelandfarms.org or 207.650.3031

Availability: Feb. 11 -3:30pm-5:30pm Feb. 13 – 11am-1pm

Cost: $27pp

Pre-register here: https://shop.pinelandfarms.org/collections/all-classes-events/products/the-basics-of-mushroom-identification-with-north-spore


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.

Contact: PR@pinelandfarms.org or 207.688.3384

Availability: Seasonal
Check Facebook Events or our Event Calendar for dates & times.

Cost: $10pp

Pre-register here: N/A – Stay tuned for 2022


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.

Contact: Outdoor@pinelandfarms.org or 207.688.6599

Availability: Seasonal

Cost: $45pp

Pre-registration is required: N/A stay tuned for 2022!


Mushroom Cultivation

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

Contact: Education@pinelandfarms.org or 207.650.3031

Availability: Seasonal

Cost: $35pp

Pre-registration is required: N/A – Stay tuned for 2022


Full Moon 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 over to the Race Loop and out to the Oak Hill Cabin. Enjoy a lit firepit and great views of June’s Strawberry Full Moon and the surrounding stars from our hayfields and Field Loop Trail. 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!

Contact: Outdoor@pinelandfarms.org or 207.688.6599

Availability: N/A

Cost: $10pp

Pre-registration is required: N/A – Stay Tuned for 2022


Mushroom Identification Walk

Join North Spore for an informative mushroom walk and learn about cultivation, foraging and local Maine mushroom species hosted here at Pineland Farms. 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.

This walk will be a great time to learn and ask all of your mushroom questions! Walks will meet at the Education Barn.

Baskets or mesh bags and pocket knives are encouraged for collecting.

Contact: Education@pinelandfarms.org or 207.650.3031

Availability: N/A

Cost: $25pp

Pre-registration is required: N/A – Stay Tuned for 2022


Women’s Hike Night

Come Join us on Wednesday evenings May-October 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.

Contact: Outdoor@pinelandfarms.org or 207.688.6599

Availability: N/A

Cost: N/A Stay tuned for 2022