Pineland Farms Educational Farmyard
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! July 1 – August 31 contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for our Daily Hourly Activity Schedule.
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