Coyote Outdoor School

Confidence. Resilience. Kinship with Nature.
Your students need them to thrive.
We make it happen.

Coyote Outdoor School is the leading outdoor school provider in Lane County, and the only Outdoor School recommended by Lane ESD.

We’ve mentored Lane County students outdoors for 9 years.
In 2017, we’ve spent 50,882 hours facilitating students growth through our programs.

Our professional educators train year-round to master their fields of knowledge and support youth in expanding their comfort with new experiences. The curiosity & imagination they bring helps kids engage, have fun, & love learning.

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Outdoor learning will transform your classroom
as students bring back skills for academic achievement.

Coyote Outdoor School meets NGSS, STEM, and Common Core standards
through experiential learning and a pedagogy of inspired engagement.

Outdoor-based learning is proven to help students achieve:

  • Higher scores on standardized tests across disciplines
  • Fewer discipline and classroom management problems
  • Increased student engagement and pride in accomplishments
  • Greater proficiency in solving problems and thinking strategically
  • Better application of systems thinking and increased ability to think creatively
  • Greater enthusiasm for language arts, math, science, and social studies
  • Increased understanding of science content, concepts, and processes
  • Better ability to apply science and civic processes to real-world situations
  • Improved understanding of mathematical concepts and mastery of math
  • Better Comprehension of social studies content
  • Enhanced ability to work in group settings
  • Improved communication skills and civility
  • Improved language arts skills

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Source: G.A. Lieberman and L.L. Hoody, State Education and Environment Roundtable, 1998 (www.seer.org).

Our overnight science & nature program is an experience
your students will remember for life.

  • Field Studies provide hands-on experience with NGSS-based knowledge & skills.
  • Interest Groups and recreation activities provide a foundation for life-long mental, social, and physical fitness.
  • Campfire programming builds confidence and a sense of community belonging.
The “Coyote” Educational Framework

Our educational framework focuses on helping students develop holistically. Our directors and staff have all trained in “The Art of Mentoring,” as codified by international educator Jon Young and community allies beginning in 1983.

It is sometimes called “Coyote Mentoring” based on the folkloric associations of coyotes as tricksters and teachers. Coyote Mentors aspire to compel learning through inspiration, play, mentoring, role-modeling, and following the natural cycle of learning.

Coyote Mentors foster the Indicators of Awareness. The Indicators of Awareness are holistic personal characteristics that we mentor others to develop. Think of the Indicators of Awareness as the goal, and nature study as the means to get there.  For example, Coyote Mentors use the study of birds as a way to foster a quiet mind in their students. They teach animal tracking as a way to foster inquisitive focus. Evaluating students for Indicators of Awareness instead of just fact retention ensures that they have the personal characteristics that will help them succeed in any life path.

We’ll show you the way
to making Coyote Outdoor School a reality for your students.

We provide all the pre-trip lesson plans, forms, and documentation you need,
so you and your families feel confident sending their students our way.

We recognize that the transition to an overnight program
can be a challenge for some families. That’s why we created our
one-of-a-kind Family Engagement Packet.
The tools in this packet come from years of helping students
and their families feel comfortable with sleep-away programs.

Call 541-937-KIDS (5437)
or email contactus@wholeearthschool.com