Group Visits

As our communities and each of us learn to live with all the changes that Covid-19 has brought about, Pineland Farms recognizes that it is time to reinvent the ways we invite guests to engage with the farm.  During these times, our mission has not changed, we aim to provide a productive and educational venue that enriches our community. Below you will find different options on how you, your community group or your family can visit and enjoy the amazing surroundings and lessons offered at Pineland Farms in a way that feels comfortable to you. If you do not see an option that meets your needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our education department to design the perfect visit for your group. education@pinelandfarms.org


Dynamic Learning Days

On the farm.


Take a break from virtual learning and get wild on the farm. Are you looking for ways to supplement your child’s learning or looking for something to do with a small pod or cohort of learners of any age, then we encourage you to book your own Dynamic Learning Day at Pineland Farms.

While it is easy to focus on all the things we can’t do during these times of social distancing and virtual learning, opportunities surround those of us lucky enough to call the state of Maine home.

Pineland Farms is excited to announce that we are now taking reservations for Dynamic Learning Days on the Farm tailored to your groups time and topics of interests.

These programs are fabulous supplemental learning for students of all ages. We recommend gathering a small group of friends and booking your Dynamic Learning Day on the farm soon! Topics include, but are not limited to, Pumpkin Science, Corn Maze Challenge, Apple Cider Making, Ice Cream Making, Butter Making, Pineland Farms Tour and Pineland’s Past.

Minimum charge for these experiences is $60. Capacity is limited. For more information contact the Education Department at Pineland Farms at 207-650-3031 or education@pinelandfarms.org.

Would you rather learn from the comfort of your own home? Our educator will meet you on zoom for a virtual tour of our education barn while answering your questions and lead you in a farm themed activity of your choice.

© Hemphill Photo
© Hemphill Photo

GROUP VISITS

All our programs are presented thematically by season.


Pineland Farms’ educational field trips are offered year round, Tuesday through Thursday and last 1.5 hours. Other days are available on a limited basis. Field trips are available to guests of all ages from pre-school to adults. School age guests will participate in activities that address grade level Next Generation Science Standards while adults enjoy trips tailored to their needs.

Each program can be modified to meet the curriculum and/or experiential needs of your group. Field trip experiences may vary due to the nature of a working farm.

Pineland Farms requests that all school groups contact the education department at education@pinelandfarms.org to reserve a date for your visit.

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, the fee for additional chaperones is $6 per person and attendance is dependent on group size. Limited scholarships are available.

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.

Confirmation and Directions: Upon confirmation of your reservation you will receive an email that will contain directions to where you will meet your educators, a letter for all chaperones who plan to attend and an invoice for your upcoming visit. We are a large facility, please review these directions and provide them to anyone who is driving to the farm on the day of your trip.

Changing your Group Size: Additional participants’ admittance is not guaranteed and is dependent on space and staff availability. If space is available, additional participants will be charged $6 per person.

If your group size changes after you make your reservation, you must notify us at least one week prior to your visit. Contact the Pineland Farms Education Department at 207.650.3031 or education@pinelandfarms.org. There are no refunds for dropped numbers on the day of your visit.

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GROUP VISIT OPTIONS

All our programs are presented thematically by season.


Anytime

Journey through Farm Food Systems

Your students will travel through three distinctly different farm food systems using evidence to prove if they are witnessing an organic or conventional operation. They will discover the benefits and challenges a farm must consider when choosing the production methods to use. Your students will be given the tools to effectively consider the decisions they would make in the farmers shoes. This field trip is designed for middle school and up. The fee for this program is $8 per student.
Availability: Year round

Dairy Discovery

Join us for a hands-on journey through our working dairy barns. While exploring our barns you will interact with our Holstein cows and enjoy a behind the scenes look at dairy farming. Our Dairy Discovery curriculum can be extended to include genetics, heredity and sustainability for grades middle school and up.
Availability: Year round

Chatty Chickens

While visiting our flock of organic hens you will investigate how eggs are made, collected, processed and sold. You will collect eggs, dissect an egg to see what a chick needs to grow and learn about the care, lifecycle and characteristics of our egg laying hens.
Availability: Year round

Pineland Farms Tour

During your tour of Pineland Farms you will examine the role of agriculture in Maine’s economy. You 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

Farmyard Exploration

[September] During your guided tour of our farmyard you will discover the important role that farms play in our lives. You will learn how to safely interact with our farmyard animals and observe what the animals jobs are on the farm.
Availability: mid-May to mid-September

Fall

Apple Cider Making

Join us as we pick apples from our apple orchard, learn how we care for our trees and help make a batch of fresh apple cider.

Pumpkin Pursuit and Corn Maize Quest – limited space available

Enjoy a fall day on the farm. Begin your visit with a short walk by the cows to our pumpkin patch where you will discover how pumpkins grow. Finish your visit by challenging your students to find their way through our four acre corn maize. $8 per student including a take home pumpkin!
Availability: mid-September through October

From Seed to Harvest

We are excited for you to get your hands dirty as we plant, weed and harvest our crop. Through games and a variety of activities you will learn what seeds need to grow, the parts of a plant, and take a look at all the cycles on a farm here in Maine.*
Availability: May to beginning of October *Additional cost or time may be required

Winter

Pineland’s Past

The 100+ year history of the Pineland Campus encourages the curious to examine societies ever changing views on the education, care and social development of the developmentally disabled. We will travel into the past and learn what it was like to live or work on the campus using the words of those who did. This field trip includes a driving tour of Pineland Campus as well as a visit to the Pineland Cemetery and partners well with the reading of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt. This field trip is designed for students in middle school and up.
Availability: April – November

Wreath Making

Create a beautiful balsam wreath to enjoy for the holiday season. $10 per wreath/limited availability. This field trip is designed for students in middle school and up.

Spring

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’s Past

The 100+ year history of the Pineland Campus encourages the curious to examine societies ever changing views on the education, care and social development of the developmentally disabled. We will travel into the past and learn what it was like to live or work on the campus using the words of those who did. This field trip includes a driving tour of Pineland Campus as well as a visit to the Pineland Cemetery and partners well with the reading of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt. This field trip is designed for students in middle school and up.
Availability: April – November

Summer

Pineland’s Past

The 100+ year history of the Pineland Campus encourages the curious to examine societies ever changing views on the education, care and social development of the developmentally disabled. We will travel into the past and learn what it was like to live or work on the campus using the words of those who did. This field trip includes a driving tour of Pineland Campus as well as a visit to the Pineland Cemetery and partners well with the reading of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt. This field trip is designed for students in middle school and up.
Availability: April – November

Program Additions

Ice Cream – $3.00 small
Ice Cream Making – $2.00 per student
Cheese – $7.00 per block
Cheese Making – $5.00 per person

Egg Collecting – $1.00 per student
Milking a Cow – $1.00 per student
Pumpkins – $2.00 small pumpkin

Custom Programs

If none of the programs listed meet your needs please contact us and let us know what you are looking for. For an additional charge we can custom design a program for you. There are many 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 and farm to table exploration.

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SELF-GUIDED FARMYARD EXCURSIONS

[Limited space available] Let your students discover the important role that farms play in their lives. In these self-guided visits, you are free to explore at your own pace! Hands-on activities (such as milking a cow or working with wool) are offered every hour beginning at 10:30 am. You may participate in any or all of them. To extend your visit to Pineland consider venturing out onto our 1 mile Clover Leaf Trail. The trail connects to our farmyard and provides engaging opportunities to observe a woodland habitat. Groups typically visit for 1 – 2 hours, but are welcome to spend more time in educational exploration. Kick off your school year with a fall visit, and enjoy more personal attention from our Farmyard educators at this quieter time of year, or join us in spring to greet the new arrivals, from chicks to lambs and calves. Space is limited, please book early.
Availability: mid-May – mid-September

For more information or to reserve your experience: Please call our field trip coordinator, Christine Dinsmore, at 207-650.3031 or email education@pinelandfarms.org. Be prepared to provide the following 1st and 2nd choices 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, staff and chaperones attending. If there are any special accommodations your group may have during your visit to Pineland Farms, please let us know when reserving.

We do have space available for picnicking, please notify us when placing you reservation if you would like to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside on our grounds.