Scott Salmon

Operations Director

  • Wilderness First Responder, WMA
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor, PADI
  • Master of Public Affairs in Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management, IU SPEA
  • Eagle Scout, BSA


Scott grew up in southern Indiana, spending countless weekends exploring state parks and forests, first with his parents and later through the Boy Scouts. He took three trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and developed his paddling and watercraft skills on Lake Lemon outside of Bloomington.

As an undergraduate at Indiana State University majoring in Recreation and Sports Management as well as Economics, Scott worked as a facilitator on the Sycamore Outdoor Center ropes course. He spent several summers visiting family in Northern Idaho, where he learned horse packing, solo backpacking, and whitewater rafting skills.

After graduation, Scott spent a year living on the East coast, working for Hurricane Island and Baltimore Outward Bound schools as an expedition leader and logistician, as well as for a ski patrol in Maine. Moving home as the Great Recession set in, he began a career with the Indiana DNR as a naturalist aide at the Natural Resources Education Center at Fort Harrison State Park.

After completing his Masters of Public Affairs in Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management at IU Bloomington’s SPEA program, Scott returned to the Indiana DNR as the state’s Restoration Biologist. For nearly five years, he strove to hold individuals and companies responsible for creating pollution-caused fish kills responsible for their actions, and restore the damage done through stream restoration projects. He also was a pioneer in teaching adult-focused hunting workshops through the Hunt, Fish, Eat program.

Scott left the Indiana DNR in 2017 to follow his passion for SCUBA diving and high-quality outdoor education. He joined the White Pine team in the summer of 2018.