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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Our 2020/2021 schedule is posted below and registration is now open. If a program appears full, please join the waitlist as we often accommodate!
|Wild Seeds - Fall||5-7||Granby||9-3||Mondays: Sept 14 - Nov 16||$700|
|Black Foxes - Fall||8-12||Granby||9-3||Mondays: Sept 14 - Nov 16||$700|
|Fire Keepers - Fall||13-17||Granby||9-3||Mondays: Sept 14 - Nov 16||$700|
|Wild Seeds - Fall||5-7||Killingworth||9-3||Tuesdays: Sept 15 - Nov 17||$700|
|Black Foxes - Fall||8-12||Killingworth||9-3||Tuesdays: Sept 15 - Nov 17||$700|
|Wild Seeds - School Year||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||8-12||Granby||9-3||Wednesdays: Sept 16, 2020 - June 2, 2021 (No class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1)||$2250|
|Wild Seeds - Fall||5-7||Newtown||9-3||Thursdays: Sept 17 - Nov 19||$700|
|Black Foxes - Fall||8-12||Newtown||9-3||Thursdays: Sept 17 - Nov 19||$700|
|Fire Keepers - Fall||13-17||Newtown||9-3||Thursdays: Sept 17 - Nov 19||$700|
|Wild Seeds - School Year||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||8-12||Newtown||9-3||Fridays: Sept 18, 2020 - June 4, 2021 (No class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1)||$2250|
|Winter and Spring||all ages||all locations||varies|