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How to Get Involved at White Pine

We are so grateful to be the recipient of Keller Williams RED Day 2024! Thank you to all the agents & staff from Keller Williams Coastal and Lakes & Mountains Realty!

We hope you’ll get involved with our nature school. Here’s how!

Looking to help in another way? Please contact our office to be connected to Heather Campbell. We love making new connections!

 

Homesite Needs

 Must Haves

  • 25-50 Acres OR 5-10 acres that abut conserved lands
  • At least some variation in topography (wetlands, boulders, tree cover, open spaces)
  • Parking for 10-15 cars
  • Location & permission for a wall tent or yurt (semi-permanent structure)
  • Location & permission for shelters, benches, tables, and other small structures in the woods
  • Ability to have fire pits and fires
  • Either a location for a rented portable toilet or a composting toilet
  • Either existence of or ability to build a storage building, minimum of 15′ x 10′
  • Zoning for business or schools
  • Location on either a private OR a busy road where traffic will not bother neighbors
  • “Off-trail” exploration permissible

Important to Have

  • Open field
  • Moving water
  • Vernal pools
  • Adjacent conservation land
  • Road visibility to passers-by

Ideal to Have

  • Barn for gathering and storage
  • Onsite septic
  • Additional parking / ability to have a circle for bus drop-off
  • Potable water
  • Electricity hook-up
  • Maple Trees
  • 50+ acres
  • Existing home for dormitory living
  • Building that could be used for an office

Contact White Pine:
Heather Campbell, Executive Director, 207-361-1911

How to help support KW RED Day May 9!

Looking for ways to help support our stewardship project on Thursday, May 9 at KW’s RED day? Keep reading!

THANK YOU!

May 9 Keller Williams RED Day of Service

We are thrilled and deeply grateful to announce that White Pine has been chosen as the beneficiary of Keller Williams’ RED Day, an annual celebration of volunteerism, taking place this year on Thursday, May 9th. With the support of up to 100 dedicated volunteers from Keller Williams Coastal and Lakes & Mountains Realty, we will embark on transformative stewardship projects at Zach’s Farm.

Our primary focus will be on enhancing infrastructure to ensure greater accessibility and inclusivity for our cherished Program Elders, public school field trippers, and other program  participants. Additionally, we will join efforts to prepare the Zacharias family for the upcoming growing season. White Pine Program Elders

This extraordinary opportunity allows us to tackle numerous items from our wish list in a single day. However, as this event was unforeseen, we find ourselves in need of additional resources to procure the necessary materials. That’s where our incredible community comes in.

We invite you to consider lending your expertise by volunteering to lead a project. Your invaluable skills and leadership will contribute significantly to the success of our endeavors. Or maybe you’re able to spare clean lumber or other building materials, where your generous donations will play a vital role in bringing our vision to life.

Together, we can make a meaningful difference and create lasting impact at Zach’s Farm. Please join us in making this RED Day an unforgettable experience for all involved. If you are able to contribute in any way, whether through volunteering or donating materials, we would be immensely grateful. 

Complete this form if you’d like to Volunteer or provide lunch items.

Complete this form if you have materials to donate.

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to our cause. Let’s make May 9th a day to remember!

And, a huge thanks to Keller Williams Coastal and Lakes & Mountains Realty for selecting White Pine!

Enrichment Experiences & Field Trips

White Pine thoroughly enjoys visiting schools! Our visits are packed with engaging activities such as observing, developing hypotheses, and constructing arguments about various phenomena we discover. We also enjoy playing, doing sit spot activities, journaling, identifying trees, building forts, and harvesting wild edibles. Additionally, we always find time to incorporate a song and some entertaining nature play games.

Although we offer a range of pre-planned field trip experiences, we’re also delighted to collaborate with teaching teams to co-design visits based on specific themes. A few topics we love to cover topics from Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), include:

  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems: animals, plants, and their environment;
  • Earth’s systems: processes that shape the Earth;
  • Weather and climate;
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems: environmental impacts on organisms;
  • Influence of science, engineering, and technology on society and the natural world; and
  • Life cycles and traits.

Below is a sample itinerary for an on-site enrichment experience or an offsite field trip. We request a minimum of 60 minutes and can extend our program for a full day!Zephyr Rules of 3

Sample Schedule
White Pine staff meet onsite
Greet students & teachers
Circle as one large group

  • Introductions & gratitude
  • Land acknowledgement
  • Hazards
  • Song

Group activities
Closing circle for the large group
Students & teachers back to the building/bus

Interested in learning more or scheduling a White Pine experience? Please call our office at 207-361-1911 or email info@whitepineprograms.org. Pricing varies by program duration and number of students.

What is forest school anyway?

For the duration of the school year, White Pine hosts a program called Ways of the Wild (WoW for short!) at Zacharias’ Family Farm in York, Maine. The program is designed for ages 7 – 14 and runs both Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. WoW families integrate a day (or two) of Ways of the Wild into their children’s public, private or homeschool schedule, reporting that it makes a significantly positive impact on their learning, growth and development. We have families who come from as far north as Freeport and as far south as Boston for this special program!

While the WoW day’s curricular focus includes developing traditional outdoor survival skills, honing naturalist knowledge, learning about the various ecosystems at the farm, and building self-care routines, the days are centered on learning about what it means to be honest, compassionate, respectful and responsible humans.

Becoming part of the WoW community includes participating in group work projects that support farmer Abe Zacharias, and stewardship projects on this 250+ acre ‘classroom’ made up of farm fields, woodlands, ponds and a tidal brook. Opportunities to develop leadership skills abound and as the sessions pass, so grows student confidence in themselves.

Children are immersed in seasonal change–feeling the dampness of the salt marsh on the autumn breeze, smelling the first hint of snow in early winter, hauling heavy buckets of Sugar Maple sap to boil each spring, and listening for the migrating songbirds to return to the farm.

Coupled with this nature immersion are mindful mentoring practices such as sit spot, nature journaling and sharing gratitude to build awareness of place, self and each other. Walking barefoot in a stream, smelling the moist air of the salt marsh and listening hard enough to identify the different calls of the birds surrounding us engages our senses – a practice that builds our awareness of place, self, and each other.

Educators foster curiosity through natural mysteries discovered and questions posed that engage students and build on existing knowledge, while helping them understand how to use resources such as field guides and wildflower and tree identification tools.

Traditional skills such as carving tools, foraging for edible plants, and wildlife tracking are woven throughout the curriculum, with origin stories presented as part of the lesson.
Our approach to intergenerational programming inspires respect and caretaking of Program Elders, who bring with them wisdom, stories and survival challenges to be accomplished over weeks or months. Program Elders bring in elements of art, music, and mapping to round out the curriculum for each season.

Woven through all our activities is PLAYFULNESS! Structured, experiential learning opportunities are blended with unstructured play to honor children’s need to feel a sense of personal agency, to independently work on a project or just enjoy the company of their friends and mentors. Group sizes are kept small to ensure personalized attention.

If your family is seeking opportunities for your child to build their problem solving and relationship building skills, expand their creativity, experience teamwork and strengthen their personal leadership, WoW is the program that does all of that.

We have spaces available for WoW, which starts the first week in October. You can register at this link, learn more about program specifics like dates and cost on our website, or, if you’d just like to have a conversation with one of our program managers, please email familysupport@whitepineprograms.org or call our office at 207-361-1911.

Interested in Volunteering at White Pine Programs?

Volunteer Spotlight – Cindie Collins –

After retiring from massage therapy and teaching, Cindie Collins was restless and wanted to find something to keep her internal fire burning.

Lo and behold, she stumbled into White Pine Programs while running the Mt. Agamenticus trails near her home. She was curious about what the kids were doing and asked her neighbor, Amy Beal, about the programs.

And just like that, Cindie began her volunteer journey with White Pine in 2018 at Ways of the Wild, our forest school that runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October through June.

“In the beginning, it was a scary thought, being outside all day – regardless of the weather. But it’s not bad; in fact it’s awesome! It’s been a very gratifying experience in all ways: freedom, learning, exploring and a high level of caring for all things that are living.”

Cindie has learned a lot from both the kids and staff since those early days: self care, leadership, managing her “edges” and so much more. Today, Cindie can be found exploring the forests and fields of Zach’s Farm with the kids each week during Ways of the Wild.

Thank you, Cindie, for your continued commitment of volunteer service to White Pine! You make a difference!!