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Homeschool / Youth Camps


White Pine Homeschool and Youth Programs are designed to reconnect children to nature. We offer a variety of Day, After School, Summer, and School Break Camps. Ages 6 and up.


All Homeschool & Youth CampsSummer Camp Registration is OPEN

Day Camps:

Event Venue Date Description
Wild Day Camp Ages 6-8 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 1, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child into our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging & plant identification and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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Wild Day Camp Ages 8-12 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 2, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging & plant identification and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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Wild Day Camp Teens White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 2, 2017 10:00 am

Making the transition from a careless youth to a responsible adult is difficult in any culture. Few adults live happy, connected lives filled with purpose and freedom. Without an inspiring role model many teens rebel against the process of growing up. The result is often continued conflict, disconnection, and destructive behavior. Deep connection to nature, Read More

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After School Camps:

Event Venue Date Description
After School Camp Ages 8-12 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 3, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging & plant identification and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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After School Camp Teens White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 3, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging & plant identification and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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After School Camp Ages 6-8 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 4, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School Camps designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging & plant identification and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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Summer Camps:

Event Venue Date Description
Coyote Scouts 8-12 Yr Old Summer Camp White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • June 5, 2017 9:00 am

Summer Camps at White Pine are awesome. Complete nature immersion, primitive skills, expert naturalist training and advanced aboriginal technology make up our ‘curriculum’. Storytelling, wandering, awareness training, scouting, and games fill our days with adventure, mystery and fun. We extend a hand for your child to form a deep and lasting connection to the natural Read More

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Warrior Scout Teen Summer Camp White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • June 5, 2017 9:00 am

Making the transition from a careless youth to a responsible adult is difficult in any culture. Few adults live happy, connected lives filled with purpose and freedom. Without an inspiring role model many teens rebel against the process of growing up. The result is often continued conflict, disconnection, and destructive behavior. Deep connection to nature, Read More

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Fire Tender- Mentor in Training White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • June 5, 2017 9:00 am

The Fire Tender (Mentor In Training) program is an empowering leadership development opportunity. Available for ages 14-17. Are you a Wilderness Skills Expert? No? No problem. All that is needed to be a Fire Tender is an open mind and a willingness to learn. At White Pine Wilderness Academy we mentor youth in developing deep Read More

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Adult Programs


We offer a full range of expertly mentored wilderness survival and awareness programs for adults. Learn about our four signature Pathways.


All Adult Pathways

Upcoming Programs:

Event Venue Date Description
High Speed Survival I ™ White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Survival means different things to different people. The definition of the term “High Speed Survival” has dual meanings: An in-depth study of the skills necessary to survive “on the go” vs. survival in place. Skills that can be absorbed and applied in real time. If you examine hundreds of case studies across history; from Native Read More

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Foundations of Herbalism Series White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 20, 2017 10:00 am

In every indigenous culture, one can find a body of herbal knowledge and practices at the core of traditional medicine. In much of the world, herbal medicine still comprises the modern, mainstream medicine for the masses. Traditional medicine systems view health as a balance of elemental energies at work in the body and in all Read More

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Sacred Hunt I White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • September 7, 2017 8:00 pm

Sacred Hunt 1 Overview Sacred Hunt 1 is a four day crash course that will get you practicing Indigenous Archery with your own tackle as soon as possible. The greatest emphasis in Sacred Hunt 1 will be the ancient art of bowyery (building a self bow from a wild harvested sapling). This intensive will also Read More

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Inner Tracking I Wild Nature Project
  • October 5, 2017 7:00 pm

About Inner Tracking I Discover how to change the world by changing yourself, and by truly knowing yourself. <x_gap=10px> Learn a powerful set of inner awareness practices that unlocks your creative potential and frees you to craft the life you dream. Learn how to navigate your inner landscape of shadow and light, and touch your Read More

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Community Classes


White Pine has an active community. Classes and events range from permaculture to martial arts, survival skills workshops and storytelling nights.


All Community Classes

Sustainability Series:

Event Venue Date Description
Introduction to Ceramics White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • April 29, 2017 12:00 pm

Part of our Sustainability Series, Introduction to Primitive Ceramics Come learn the basics of this global ancestral tradition with local Primitive Skills Practitioners Eric Wallentine and Carter Hays. In this course we will introduce the harvesting of clay, the preparation of temper and grog, pinch and coil pots, forming clay bodies, curing and firing. This Read More

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Small Space Gardening White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • May 13, 2017 12:00 pm

You want to have a garden but don’t have the yard space to create one—no problem! Container Gardening and Vertical Gardening will present you with alternative solutions. This three hour workshop will cover: – What types of plants do well in this situation. – Basic care of your garden. – What problems to watch out Read More

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DIY Weather Center White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • June 10, 2017 12:00 pm

June Sustainability Series We will be building a Weather Center as well as learning basic meteorological skills. Discussions on Old Wive’s Tales to Dopplar Radar as well as making some simple instrumentation will be part of the workshop. We will also learn more about how to make and best use Rain Barrels. Kid Friendly EventRead More

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Fitness & Movement

Event Venue Date Description
5 Elements Conditioning White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • April 29, 2017 10:00 am

These classes will be offered every Saturday morning at 10 am and Monday evening at 6:45 pm. The 5 Elements Conditioning System is a holistic program for fitness. The 5 elements are mobility, stability, strength, power and endurance. Each element will be developed utilizing principles, methods and techniques from an eclectic range of modern and Read More

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Community Events

Event Venue Date Description
Fire Keeper Adult Volunteers White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • June 5, 2017 9:00 am

Are you passionate about nature connection and love to work with youth? Are you interested in connecting more with our natural world and learn best by doing? Are you able to commit to one of most fun and adventurous weeks possible in Indianapolis? If so, then our Firekeeper Adult Volunteer opportunity is perfect for you. Read More

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Stay Wild Youth Camps Indianapolis
High Speed Survival

Our Classroom is Nature.
Our Curriculum is Thousands of Years Old.


White Pine Wilderness Academy is located on the island of Rocky Ripple in Indianapolis, Indiana between the White River and the canal. Surrounded by riparian habitat, our classroom is the Eastern Deciduous Woodlands. Our curriculum is aboriginal technology, the knowledge of our hunter gatherer ancestors. We use wilderness survival skills and aboriginal technologies to foster a connection with nature and each other. Our Instructors are masters at their craft and are driven by a passion for knowledge.

Aboriginal Technologies. Ancient Skills.
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Coals started
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Bows made
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Yurt
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Mink Tracks

Our Clients & Partners

IPS - Indianapolis Public Schools
National Powow
Cold Springs Academy
Indianapolis Art Center
The Orchard School
Earth Charter Indiana
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indy Hostel
White River Alliance
Oaklandon Elementary


Concious Marketing
The Children's House
Wild Nature Project
Wild Nature Project
Give a child the gift of nature

There are many children in the Indianapolis who are hungry to explore nature but whose families cannot afford luxuries like a simple after-school camp.

For a small donation you can give the gift of wonder and discovery to an at-need child here in our local community.

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Train the body through the skills of survival.
Re-pattern the mind through the science of tracking and bird language.
Confront deepest fears through ancient rites of passage.
Integrate these transformative experiences into the wider circles of family and community.
Matt Shull, WPWA