Established in 1913, Pine Mountain Settlement School is located in the mountains of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky. We are a National Historic Landmark on 1000 pristine acres in Harlan County, Kentucky.
Our mission is to enrich lives and connect people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages. We offer classes, events, and lodging and event spaces. All revenues support our local community through environmental education, agriculture and sustainability, and traditional craft initiatives.
Operating as usual
Look who we spotted on the mountain recently! A hatchling Eastern Box Turtle!
These turtles often live 30 to 40 years or more in the wild and it is believed that some may even reach more than100+ years in age.
Join us on Thursday for Pass It On Pine Mountain, our free evening arts program, and learn how to make corn shuck flowers!
The class will start at 4:30 pm for youth and 6:00 pm for adults.
It was great seeing our South Arts friends on campus last week!
We are excited to partner with them on the In These Mountains Project to provide evening folk and traditional arts programs for children and youth of the Kentucky Mountains.
We enjoyed showing Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman around campus a few weeks ago!
Sharing the remarkable history and programs of Pine Mountain Settlement School never gets old.
Interested in learning more about small-scale mountain agriculture?
Come tour our campus farm tomorrow evening at 7pm!
Grow Appalachia Farm Tour — Pine Mountain Settlement School So you have grown it, now what? Join us to learn some marketing techniques that will help sell your produce at a fair price. Also discussed will be market options for fresh and value added produce.
Come and work for an exciting meaningful non-profit and change the lives of children and families of the Kentucky Mountains!
The work of historic preservation is a never-ending but worthy cause.
Take a look at the new roof on the Office, which was built in 1918. We also threw in some old photos from our archives for you to check out.
There's nothing quite like fresh, locally grown produce! On the campus farm, the spring harvest has begun, along with the planting of summer crops.
If you are interested in producing your own food, please reach out for more information about our Pine Mountain Farm Institute, which in partnership with Grow Appalachia, provides access to educational opportunities and other critical resources.
We are partnering with EKU to bring the Appalachian Mountain Ecology Camp back to Pine Mountain Settlement School from June 5th through the 10th!
The registration deadline is Thursday, May 26th.
Camp is free to any Eastern Kentucky 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade student participating in the Gear Up program.
See the attached flyer for more information.
Here is the application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfealglSfLsiPzadxOX-8HSzwouBcoJUSadAyrcdf0L2Xw8SQ/viewform
Baseball starts this evening at 5:30!
Thank you for helping raise $2,565 for important place based education to the children and families of the Kentucky mountains!!
Providing children of the Kentucky Mountains with cultural, environmental, and agricultural education since 1913. Will you help support our mission?
Place based education. Appalachian cooking. Kilt salad.
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Let's knock it out of the park!!!
Do you have a "Heart and Cravin" to support our work?
- Let’s continue making a difference!!! Support us today.
Give the gift of education at one of the most unique classrooms in the world!!!
Today is Kentucky Gives Day!
Would you consider helping support Appalachian place-based educational experiences for children here at Pine Mountain Settlement School?
This spring alone, we have enriched the lives of more than 1000 students from the Kentucky Mountains and the Bluegrass State through our programs.
Please follow the link below to donate.
Join us today, on Kentucky Gives Day to support place based, experiential education for the children and families of the Kentucky Mountains.
Save the date - May 10th as we raise funds to support the wonderful education programs at Pine Mountain Settlement School!
Great to see the cadets from Appalachian Challenge Academy on campus for some programming!
Our Opportunity Pine Mountain participants have been learning about entrepreneurship this spring and now have hanging baskets of petunias, impatients, ferns and more. Y’all come support these young leaders and stock up for Mothers Day!! Message us for more information or stop on by!!!!
The columbine [Aquilegia canadensis] is in bloom. These brilliantly colored and delicate flowers are a favorite source of nectar for hummingbirds.
Columbines flourish in limestone cliffs and rocky woods but are occasionally found on sandstone.
Nature is amazing; get outside and explore!
"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come..."
- Song of Solomon 2:12
Last night we kicked off our six-week Appalachian Foodways program for local youth! Everyone had a great time learning how to forage and cook wild Morel Mushrooms, locally known as Hickory Chickens. They also learned how to prepare a fresh salad from locally sourced lettuce and wild dandelion greens and flowers. Thank you, South Arts, for helping make this possible!
Land snails are a part of a large and diverse family of organisms known as Gastropods. With nearly 200 species of terrestrial gastropods, Kentucky's native land snails are as varied and interesting as any group of animals found in the state.
It was great to host Backroads of Appalachia and the Mini Cooper group on campus this past weekend for a farm-to-table dinner!
Join us at Pine Mountain Settlement School!!! Check out our current openings and join an amazing staff at this historic institution.
For more information: https://www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com/employment
Employment Opportunities — Pine Mountain Settlement School Location: 36 Highway 510 Bledsoe, KY 40810Phone: (606) 558-3571Email: [email protected] of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm
Over 100 years enriching lives and connecting people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.
AN OLD MAN’S HOPES - William Creech, 1915
I don’t look after wealth for them. I look after the prosperity of our nation. I want all young-uns taught to serve the livin’ God. Of course, they won’t do that, but they can have good and evil laid before them and they can choose which they will. I have heart and cravin’ that our people may grow better. I have deeded my land to be used for school purposes as long as the Constitution of the United States stands. Hopin’ it may make a bright and intelligent people after I’m dead and gone.
On this Staff and Facilities Monday, we would like to thank our fantastic program team and the many contract instructors that help support our programs!
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for our educational staff. They've done everything from leading community gardening classes for 30+ adults to instructing several groups totaling more than 200 elementary and middle school students in our environmental and Appalachian culture courses.
Our mission to enrich lives and connect people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages would not be possible without all of our excellent staff in every department who regularly go above and beyond to keep our beloved School running smoothly.
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