Coyote Village School Day Programs

Our weekly, school day programs are our most powerful programs, thanks to our families’ commitment to long-term nature mentoring for their children. With age groups from 5-17, kids don’t just take one of our programs – they grow up in them. Led by our skilled mentors through challenges and reflection in nature, they develop a deep understanding of who they are, what they value, and what their gifts are. Our students come from homeschool, public school, and private school backgrounds, and our program is designed to complement your child’s educational experience no matter what the setting may be. Contact programs@twocoyotes.org if you need support as you navigate getting approval from your child’s school to participate in this program.

Coyote Village is a wilderness-based mentoring program that helps raise healthy and connected children in a community setting. We provide students with a dynamic environment to push their own edges, engage their natural curiosity, and cultivate an intrinsic love of learning that they carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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Once a week, students spend a full day immersed in nature. Each day starts with nature games and a gratitude circle. Mornings focus on learning survival and naturalist skills, which deepen over the arc of the year as students observe, ask questions, and apply their skills to hands-on wilderness projects. Activities may include: 

– Starting a fire without matches
– Identifying wild edibles and medicinal plants and using them to make salves or cook a feast
– Building shelters and forts and learning about the history of primitive shelters
– Sitting quietly in reflection and observing the environment; journaling
– Learning animals’ patterns by sneaking invisibly through the forest; learning bird language
– Making handmade tools and crafts from natural materials

After lunch, our afternoons are filled with storytelling, playing in the river, and games that apply the skills learned in the morning. Woven throughout are lessons in peacemaking and nonviolent communication, challenge activities, and teamwork. We close each day in circle sharing stories of the day and a group song that ties together elements of their day.

Over the course of our program, students develop qualities such as leadership, team building, emotional intelligence, resilience, confidence, expression, service, integrity and other foundational aspects of good character.

Join our village and step into wild adventures in nature!

Students have the choice of enrolling by season (fall – 10 weeks, winter – 8 weeks, spring – 10 weeks) or for the entire school year (35 weeks). All programs occur outside, except in hazardous conditions. Our typical student to mentor ratio is 6:1. Programs typically include an overnight in the fall and spring, though we will not be hosting an overnight this fall, due to COVID considerations and we may be more cautious about weather delays and cancelations to avoid being indoors and in enclosed spaces for extended periods.

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Our 2020/2021 schedule is posted below and registration is open for Winter and Spring. If a program appears full, please join the waitlist as we often accommodate!

Name Ages Location Time Date(s) Price
Wild Seeds - School Year (waitlist only) 5-7 Granby 9-3 Wednesdays: Sept 16, 2020 - June 2, 2021 (No class Nov 25, Dec 23, Dec 30) $2250
Black Foxes - School Year (waitlist only) 8-12 Granby 9-3 Wednesdays: Sept 16, 2020 - June 2, 2021 (No class Nov 25, Dec 23, Dec 30) $2250
Wild Seeds - School Year (waitlist only) 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Fridays: Sept 18, 2020 - June 4, 2021 (No class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1) $2250
Black Foxes - School Year (waitlist only) 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Fridays: Sept 18, 2020 - June 4, 2021 (No class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1) $2250
Wild Seeds - Winter 5-7 Granby 10-3 Mondays: Jan 4 - Feb 22 $550
Black Foxes - Winter 8-12 Granby 10-3 Mondays: Jan 4 - Feb 22 $550
Fire Keepers - Winter 13-17 Granby 10-3 Mondays: Jan 4 - Feb 22 $550
Wild Seeds - Winter 5-7 Killingworth 10-3 Tuesdays: Jan 5 - Feb 23 $550
Black Foxes - Winter 8-12 Killingworth 10-3 Tuesdays: Jan 5 - Feb 23 $550
Black Foxes - Winter 8-12 Newtown 10-3 Wednesdays: Jan 6- Feb 24 $550
Wild Seeds - Winter 5-7 Newtown 10-3 Wednesdays: Jan 6- Feb 24 $550
Wild Seeds - Winter 5-7 Newtown 10-3 Thursdays: Jan 7 - Feb 25 $550
Black Foxes - Winter 8-12 Newtown 10-3 Thursdays: Jan 7 - Feb 25 $550
Fire Keepers - Winter 13-17 Newtown 10-3 Thursdays: Jan 7 - Feb 25 $550
Wild Seeds - Spring 5-7 Granby 9-3 Mondays: March 15- May 17 $700
Black Foxes - Spring 8-12 Granby 9-3 Mondays: March 15- May 17 $700
Fire Keepers - Spring 13-17 Granby 9-3 Mondays: March 15- May 17 $700
Wild Seeds - Spring 5-7 Killingworth 9-3 Tuesdays: March 16- May 18th $700
Black Foxes - Spring 8-12 Killingworth 9-3 Tuesdays: March 16- May 18th $700
Wild Seeds - Spring 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Wednesdays: March 17- May 19th $700
Black Foxes - Spring 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Wednesdays: March 17- May 19th $700
Wild Seeds - Spring 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays: March 18- May 20 $700
Black Foxes - Spring 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays: March 18- May 20 $700
Fire Keepers - Spring 13-17 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays: March 18- May 20 $700