Stay Wild.

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

Our mission is to address the effects of nature deficit disorder through reconnection to place, community, ancestry, traditional cultures, and skills.

White Pine Wilderness Academy is a nature connection and survival skills school located on the island of Rocky Ripple in Indianapolis, Indiana between the Wapahani 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.

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.

Youth Programs | We Stay Wild

Youth Programs

Adult Programs | We Stay Free

Adult Programs

White Pine Wilderness Academy, Inc. admits students of any race, color, gender and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school administered programs.

Coals started
Bows made
Mink Tracks
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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Sponsor A Youth

Send a kid to class! Small donations, big difference

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