Evenings for Families at The Fox Den: Nature Crafts, Ancient Skills, Storytelling and Games

Evening time is family time — and Willamette Valley families can create deep nature connections together! Gather up your “kits” and bring them to Cafe Yumm! at the Meridian for:

Every Wednesday we’ll delve into the natural world together as we explore: Nature Crafts, Ancient Skills, Storytelling and Games!

Parents are welcome to participate with their children, but parent participation is not required for children over 4. (However, it is required that all parents stay on the premises while their children are attending the Fox Den program.)

Cafe Yumm! at the Meridian Building
18th Ave and Willamette St
DATES: Every Wednesday  through May (unless noted on this Fox Den page)
TIME: 5:30-7:00pm
COST: now FREE for all families

Fox Den Weekly Schedule

5:30 pm – Ordering Food & Welcome Activities
Order your food at the front counter by 5:30 and have it noted as part of Fox Den so we can all sit down together to enjoy a warm meal on the chilly winter nights. Then head into the room that connects to the front patio and join us at our big table!

5:40 pm – Fun & Educational Activities
Foxfire and friends will guide Fox Denizens in making crafts, playing games, puzzling over riddles, and learning ancient skills, just like at our Coyote Kids and summer nature camp programs! See below for our schedule of activities.

6:00 pm – Dinner, Gratitude, and Stories
We’ll share what we’re thankful about from our week as we dive into dinner. Then, hear adventures of Whole Earth Nature School staff and mythic stories of animals and people across the world. We’ll also give children a chance to share their nature stories from the week.

6:30 pm – Fun & Educational Activities (cont.)

6:50 pm Closing Circle & Reintegration
This integral part of the Coyote Mentoring teaching method wraps up the event, teaches stewardship, and helps kids think about how they can take what they learned with them into their lives.

Monthly Themes:

Activities are subject to change.

Each month we’ll go through a rotation of activities around a theme:
1st Wednesday: Play, ideal for ages 3-9
2nd Wednesday: Craft, ideal for ages 5-12
3rd Wednesday: Game, ideal for ages 5+
4th Wednesday: Skill, ideal for ages 7+

November: Pirates!
Want to dress up? Come as a pirate!
Nov 8 – Rainbow Pirate Zebra Theater (3-9)
Nov 15 – The Lost Treasure (5-12)
Nov 22 – Off (Thanksgiving break)
Nov 29 – Wild Scouts (7+)

December: Celebrations
Want to dress up? Come with nature in your hair!
Dec 6 – Council of Animals (3-9)
Dec 13 – The Gift of Nature (5-12)
(you can bring what you make to the trade blanket!)
Dec 20 – Discovery & Trade Blanket (5+)
(bring something found/made from nature to swap)
Dec 27 – Off (Winter Holiday Break)

November: Guest Naturalists
Want to dress up? Come dressed like professor!
Jan 3 – Off (Thanksgiving break)
Jan 10 – Rockin’ with a Geologist (5-12)
Jan 17 – Bug Girl’s Entomology Adventures (3-9)
Jan 24 – Wildcraft! Ethnobotany Game (5+)
Jan 31 – Astronomy (7+)

February: Survival
Want to dress up? Come in hiking clothes!
Feb 7 – At Home in the Wilderness (3-9)
Feb 14 – River Crossings on the Oregon Trail (5-12)
Feb 21 – Annual Fort Competition!  (5+)
Feb 28 – Skills for Big Bear Camp  (7+)

March: Fantasy
Want to dress up? Come as a fantasy character!
Mar 7 – Fairy & Elf Feast (3-9)
Mar 14 – Wizardry Class on Plant Spells & Potions (5-12)
Mar 21 – Hobbit Feast & Storytelling Game  (5+)
Mar 28 – Earth Ninja  (7+)

April: Birds
Want to dress up? Wear a feather!
April 4 – Birds & Bugs (3-9)
April 11 – Little Hawk Theater (5-12)
April 18 – Jays & Juncos: Bird Language (5+)
April 25 – Druid Groves: Sit spot (7+)

We can’t wait to see you,

—Your Fox Den Kin