Like forest fungi, our organization is inextricably linked to a vast network of friends, partners, and colleagues.
The Network List contains over 180 agencies, organizations, schools, businesses, and other entities with whom we’ve connected with in developing excellent nature-based learning programs for all ages.
Sister Schools – Organizations with whom we share a vision and work closely with
p.i.n.e. project — this urban-based nature connection nonprofit in Toronto, Ontario is run by Andrew McMartin & Co. Using music, drama, storytelling, naturalist studies, stewardship, survival skills, outdoor adventures, inter-generational learning, games, and play they weave a “culture of nature connection”. This empowers their awesome mantra: be more, need less.
Wilderness Awareness School — Over 25 years old and one of the most productive nature-baased learning centers in the world. Founded by Jon Young, Dan Gardoqui’s mentor of 15 years. Home office of the Kamana naturalist training program and offering a variety of intensive, workshops, and expeditions.
Wild Earth – based in the Shawanagunk region of southern New York, David Brownstein & Co. run programs that draw on a broad spectrum of teachings ranging from indigenous cultures to modern sciences. They offer adventure and fun, primitive skills and crafts, awareness games, and story and song, facilitated by multi-generational mentors.
Wilderness Youth Project – a community-building organization that inspires and guides people toward manifesting their inherent gifts through mentoring and creative nature experiences. Based out of Santa Barbara, California and run by Dan Fontaine & Co.
Local Partner Organizations
Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region – this great website is all about the place we live, work, and play in – The Mt A Region. Full of educational info on ecology, history, photos, etc. it’s definitely worth a visit.
The York Land Trust – Dedicated to conserving and protecting lands of ecological, historic, scenic, agricultural and educational significance in the greater York, Maine area.
The Center For Wildlife – since 1986, the CFW has provided medical care, safe sanctuary and humane treatment for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be released back into the wild. They also offer excellent wildlife education programs throughout the region.
Local Conservation Links
Gateway to Maine Outside – Click here to find numerous opportunites to connect with nature in southern Maine. White Pine Programs is one of the founding partners of this exciting collaborative effort!
Great Works Regional Land Trust – The Great Works Regional Land Trust mission is to conserve natural, historic, agricultural, scenic and recreational resources within the Maine communities of Eliot, the Berwicks, Wells and Ogunquit.
The Nature Conservancy – Maine Chapter – Saving the last great places on
earth – the Maine chapter of TNC has been vital in the Mount Agamenticus reserve.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife – The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was established to ensure that all species of wildlife and aquatic resources in the State of Maine are maintained and perpetuated for their intrinsic and ecological values, for their economic contribution, and for their recreational, scientific, and educational use by the people of the State.
Nature Connection Resources (schools, content sites, etc.)
Algonquin Winter Tracking Expedition Web-Journal is a day-by day synopsis of White Pine’s annual educational expedition to Algonquin Provincial Park. Created by Walter Muma, the prolific webmaster from Ontario, you can link to a wondrous array of web pages from this one. Enjoy!
Alderleaf Wilderness College -run by Jason Knight and staff, Alderleaf offers innovative wilderness, tracking, and nature programs in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, specializing in the application of nature skills for environmental conservation, education, and sustainable living.
EarthTracks – run by Alexis Burnett in Ontario, Canada. EarthTracks specializes in nature education and wilderness adventures. From multi-day canoe expeditions to day-long earth skills workshops, Alexis offers students of many skill levels the opportunity to grow and learn in some gorgeous locations in the forest atop the Canadian Shield.
EarthWalk Vermont – based out of Plainfield, Vermont and founded by Angella Gibbons, this organization does amazing nature-based programs. For instance, local 4th graders spend every Friday of the year in the woods with the EarthWalk crew.
EarthWork Programs – based out of Western Massachusetts and run for over a decade by founder Frank Grindrod, Earthwork offers people experiences in nature that will introduce them to a new awareness of themselves and the natural world around them. They hope that these experiences act as a reminder of how beautiful and sacred nature is and how good it feels to be connected to it and to the people around us.
Hawk Circle & The Earth Mentoring Institute – run by Ricardo Sierra et al. in Cherry Valley, New York. Offering a one-of-a-kind instructor training programs, and powerful summer camps for kids of all ages. They’ve worked hard on creating an amazing facililty and community that helps young and old better connect to the earth.
The Institute for Natural Learning – Run by Mark Morey, this group is dedicated to delivering a holistic model of environmental education that honors our ancestors wisdom and approach to knowledge of place. Specializing in community and nature awareness training.
International Society of Professional Trackers – striving to connect man and animal trackers around the globe. Host of the annual international tracking conference.
Jack Mountain Bushcraft – if you’re looking for a real New England adventure with a taste of the past, join Tim Smith on a Maine canoe trip. JMB is run by Tim Smith in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and is home to the Moose Dung Gazette.
Josh’s Journal: New England Natural History & Foraging – run by Josh Fecteau of southern Maine, this page is a treasure of naturalist knowledge, stories, and challenges. Here he lists gatherings, shares foraging tips & techniques, and much, much more. You can subscribe to his blog, rss feeds, and much more. Check out Josh’s Journal today!
Keeping Track – founded by nationally known tracker Susan Morse and located in Richmond, Vermont, Keeping Track teaches concerned adults and children to observe, interpret, and record evidence of wildlife in their communities. They support the use of tracking data in local conservation planning.
The Maine Primitive Skills School – offering classes in the classics of survival and more. Excellent practicioners of the hard skills of survival. Run by a very dedicated staff out of Augusta, Maine.
A Naturalist’s World – run by Jim Halfpenny and Diane Thompson our of Gardinier, Montana. Many excellent teaching resources and classes available
NatureSkills.com – a content-based website designed to compliment your jouney as a student of the natural world. Contains many useful and interesting articles and is always looking for more submissions.
The Ndakinna Wilderness Project – Jim Bruchac and his staff do a heck of a job offering quality courses and adventures in tracking, wilderness survival, and Native American Storytelling.
The Vermont Wilderness School — Based out of Brattleboro, Vermont. Offering training in the ways of natural mentoring and wilderness skills. Annual hosts of the Art of Mentoring workshop.
Wolf Tree Programs – is based in Montague, Mass. and offers a variety of courses in primitive technologies, wilderness living skills and animal tracking for both children and adults.
Wild Intelligence – based in Athens, Georgia and run by Sarah “Chickadee” Hubbard & Co., this fabulous nature connection nonprofit is rooted in an experiential approach to education develops the whole human being, emphasizing curiosity and play, adventure and wandering, storytelling and ancestral skills, community and self-discovery.
Wildlife Tracking in North America – run by tracking author Mark Elbroch, fosters and promotes the application of animal tracking skills in North America and beyond. This site includes information about Wildilfe Track and Sign evaluations administered via Cybertracker Conservation.