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 maggie@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 overnights for the time being, 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.

If a program appears full, you are encouraged to join the waitlist as we often open additional classes when possible.

IMPORTANT DATES for 2021/22:

  • Thanksgiving break Nov 24, 26: no class
  • Winter break Dec 22-31: no class
  • August 2: Fall scholarship requests due
  • August 16: Fall scholarship awards offered; we require that you accept your award by setting up a payment within 24 hours of notification.
  • August 24: Fall payments (or payment plan set up) due to hold your spots. (Any classes with open spots will continue registering, but staff is hired and groups are confirmed by this date.)
  • Week of Sept. 13: Fall programs begin
  • November 29: Winter scholarship requests due
  • December 13: Winter scholarship awards offered; we require that you accept your award by setting up a payment within 24 hours of notification.
  • Week of January 3: Winter programs begin.
  • February 7: Spring scholarship requests due
  • February 21: Spring scholarship awards offered; we require that you accept your award by setting up a payment within 24 hours of notification.
  • Week of March 14: Spring programs begin.
  • Fall/Spring Overnights: TBD
  • Ancestor Feasts: TBD

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Name Ages Location Time Date(s) Price
Wild Seeds - (School Year Sept '21 - June '22) 5-7 Granby 9-3 Wednesdays: Sept 15 - June 1 (No class Nov 24, 26 or Dec 22, 24, 29, 31) $2250
Black Foxes - (School Year Sept '21 - June '22) 8-12 Granby 9-3 Wednesdays: Sept 15 - June 1 (No class Nov 24, 26 or Dec 22, 24, 29, 31) $2250
Wild Seeds - (School Year Sept '21 - June '22) 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Fridays: Sept 17, 2021 - June 3, 2022 (No class Nov 24, 26 or Dec 22, 24, 29, 31) $2250
Black Foxes - (School Year Sept '21 - June '22) 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Fridays: Sept 17 - June 3 (No class Nov 24, 26 or Dec 22, 24, 29, 31) $2250
Wild Seeds - Fall '21 5-7 Granby 9-3 Mondays: Sept 13 - Nov 15 $700
Black Foxes - Fall '21 8-12 Granby 9-3 Mondays: Sept 13 - Nov 15 $700
Fire Keepers - Fall '21 13-17 Granby 9-3 Mondays: Sept 13 - Nov 15 $700
Wild Seeds - Fall '21 5-7 Killingworth 9-3 Tuesdays: Sept 14 - Nov 16 $700
Black Foxes and Firekeepers- Fall '21. With enough teens we will create a separate group. 8-16 Killingworth 9-3 Tuesdays: Sept 14 - Nov 16 $700
Wild Seeds - Fall '21 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Wednesdays: Sept 15 - Nov 17 $700
Black Foxes - Fall '21 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Wednesdays: Sept 15 - Nov 17 $700
Wild Seeds - Fall '21 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays: Sept 16 - Nov 18 $700
Black Foxes - Fall '21 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays: Sept 16 - Nov 18 $700
Fire Keepers - Fall '21 13-17 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays: Sept 16 - Nov 18 $700
Wild Seeds - Winter '22 5-7 Granby 10-3 Mondays Jan 3 - Feb 21 $550
Black Foxes -Winter '22 8-12 Granby 10-3 Mondays Jan 3 - Feb 21 $550
Fire Keepers - Winter '22 13-17 Granby 10-3 Mondays Jan 3 - Feb 21 $550
Wild Seeds - Winter '22 5-7 Killingworth 10-3 Tuesdays Jan 4 - Feb 22 $550
Black Foxes and Firekeepers- Winter '22 With enough teens we will create a separate group. 8-16 Killingworth 10-3 Tuesdays Jan 4 - Feb 22 $550
Wild Seeds - Winter '22 5-7 Newtown 10-3 Wednesdays Jan 5 - Feb 23 $550
Black Foxes -Winter '22 8-12 Newtown 10-3 Wednesdays Jan 5 - Feb 23 $550
Wild Seeds - Winter '22 5-7 Newtown 10-3 Thursdays Jan 6 - Feb 24 $550
Black Foxes -Winter '22 8-12 Newtown 10-3 Thursdays Jan 6 - Feb 24 $550
Fire Keepers - Winter '22 13-17 Newtown 10-3 Thursdays Jan 6 - Feb 24 $550
Wild Seeds - Spring '22 5-7 Granby 9-3 Mondays March 14 - May 16 $700
Black Foxes -Spring '22 8-12 Granby 9-3 Mondays March 14 - May 16 $700
Fire Keepers - Spring '22 13-17 Granby 9-3 Mondays March 14 - May 16 $700
Wild Seeds - Spring '22 5-7 Killingworth 9-3 Tuesdays March 15 - May 17 $700
Black Foxes and Firekeepers- Spring '22 With enough teens we will create a separate group. 8-16 Killingworth 9-3 Tuesdays March 15 - May 17 $700
Wild Seeds - Spring '22 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Wednesdays March 16 - May 18 $700
Black Foxes -Spring '22 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Wednesdays March 16 - May 18 $700
Wild Seeds - Spring '22 5-7 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays March 17 - May 19 $700
Black Foxes -Spring '22 8-12 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays March 17 - May 19 $700
Fire Keepers - Spring '22 13-17 Newtown 9-3 Thursdays March 17 - May 19 $700