It Takes a Village

Our dedicated teen and adult volunteers are vital to our ongoing educational programs, special events, administration, and many other areas. When you give your time, you are strengthening our ability to keep childhood outside, where our kids are forming life-long habits of deep connection with nature. You’re also strengthening our beloved community, one of many families’ favorite parts of White Pine.

Check out our different opportunities and see which is a good fit for you. We are so grateful you are here. You are a highly valued core part of the heart and soul of the White Pine community.

What is a Village Keeper?

Village Keepers are parents, primitive skills practitioners, college students and volunteers coming to White Pine on a regular basis to assist in guiding students, practicing skills, and helping instructors during class times.

Sometimes, our Village Keepers are family members of our students. Sometimes, our Village Keepers are adults seeking skills building or professional development. They are anyone who is excited to be part of our growing community focused on wilderness skills, caring for future generations, and learning with our elders. Click “Learn More about Village Keepers” to read all the details.

What is the Village Council?

Our Village Council is a group of forest school parents that meets monthly to discuss ideas, thoughts, concerns and questions about White Pine. They work directly with the White Pine staff to plan community events and fundraisers, give feedback, make suggestions, and keep the families of White Pine connected. Their lively meetings are kid-friendly, and great opportunities to make like-minded friends. The Village Council does not require commitment and welcomes all levels of involvement, from sharing your opinion about something, to leading an event, and everything in between.

What are Fire Keepers?

The White Pine Fire Keeper program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for teens in Indianapolis. It allows for teens to work alongside our instructors as helpers and mentors to the class. Responsibilities are customized to the Fire Keeper’s interest and include leadership roles in mentoring youth, facilitating guilds, leading stories and circles as well as clean up chores. Check out our Fire Keeper page for more info.