Coyote Trails' goal is that students from all communities have the opportunity to deeply connect with nature. We maintain a Nature Center in Medford, Oregon, and a wilderness campus outside of Ashland, Oregon. We are always broadening our list of community partners to enable more students to enjoy outdoor learning adventures and welcome inquiries from organizations that share this goal.
^^ Here's a picture of one of our happy instructors/students scraping a deer hide at a free skills share gathering we hosted! ^^
All Coyote Trails School of Nature instructors are trained in the art of living in the wilderness. Our curriculum consists of skills and traditions, also known as “primitive living skills,” from indigenous cultures all around the world. We teach through the adventure of new experiences and guide students to a grander appreciation of the natural world and a higher level of connection, awareness, self-reliance and confidence in the outdoors.
This teaching model honors each student’s unique learning style and strives to cultivate his or her natural gifts. At the heart of this method is the conviction that, given the right opportunity, each person will instinctively seek a meaningful relationship with the natural world. Instructors look for the magic of the moment, coax the student more deeply into that moment, then let nature take over as the teacher. Activities and opportunities are designed to inspire participants to actively engage in the learning adventure. Various practices and creative tools are used by our instructors to support these processes, including tracking, awareness, and primitive living skills.
WHAT WE OFFER in addition to Meetup events:
--(Opportunities for students can be found on our website)
--Weekend day classes: some programs are FREE / donation-based!
--Summer day camps
--Overnight weeklong wilderness immersion courses
--Customized education programs
--Long-term mentoring for individuals
--Private skills mentoring sessions
--Scholarship assistance for those in need