Confidence.
Resilience.
Nature Kinship.

Confidence. Resilience. Nature Kinship.

More than Just Playing OUtside...

CHANGING LIVES
WITH MENTORING IN
NATURE CONNECTION

Whole Earth Nature School offers unique nature connection programs, utilizing an approach rooted in ancient knowledge, filled with real-life experience, and sprinkled with a touch of mystery. Nature Camp is more than outdoor play; we will transform the way you see the world.

Learn the Way of the Cougar!

Free 8-week course

“Come learn the path of the peaceful warrior that includes a focus on mentoring others through nature connection.”

"My child adores the programs and camps put on by Whole Earth. Whether for a day, a week, or the whole semester, he always has an adventure and learns so much. He is much more aware of his surroundings and the effect we have on them."
"These camps provide more than just outside play time. The kids come away with a real knowledge of ecology and our place in the wilderness. The whole program is well organized and authentic in its commitment to teaching our kids to respect and honor our natural surroundings. Bravo."
"I appreciate that the kids have experiences that are just outside their comfort zone. The instructors provide a safe and caring environment for all children to grow and learn. Our girls have learned a lot of new skills and gained great confidence in being outdoors."

Experienced Professionals

Hands-on Attention

Year-round Programs

Summer Camp

Kids love Summer Nature Camp because it’s the most fun you can have outdoors anywhere. Parents love Summer Nature Camp because it supports kids to grow into empowered and capable young people. Our immersive outdoor experiences combined with high levels of personalized attention and support help kids build self-confidence, develop strong social skills, learn to assess risk, cultivate a passion for learning and discovery, grow their leadership skills, and become resilient to life’s challenges. Plus, campers develop a lifelong connection to the natural world.

COVID-19 and cancellation policies

Summer Camps are still happening!

We are glad to announce that, in accordance with new safety guidance provided by the Governor’s office and the Oregon Health Authority, Summer Nature Camp is officially happening in 2020. We are so grateful to be able to gather outdoors again and support our students in developing their confidence, resilience, and kinship with nature.

Read our current statement on COVID-19 and Summer Camps

Day Camp

The perfect blend of adventure play, fantasy, and outdoor skills. Camps are designed to support and encourage growth for kids as young as 3 and all the way up to the teen years.

Overnight Camp

Taking it to the next level. Our overnight summer camp experiences feature beautiful camp facilities, gourmet organic food, and a healthy dose of personal challenge for preteens and teens.

Leadership

Our Coyote in Training program provides world-class outdoor leadership training. After completing training our CITs get hands-on experience with leading younger campers while supported by our professional staff.

School-Year Programs

A variety of outdoor exploration and learning opportunities all year long. The learning doesn’t stop just because the weather gets cooler (and wetter). Our after-school programs, homeschool program, evening programs and teen immersion program provide a consistent way to keep learning and discovering all year. Plus, by attending programs on a regular basis over the course of several months allows a depth of learning and experience that can’t be achieved any other way. Discover a program near you.

Afterschool & Homeschool

Coyote Kids! provides weekly outdoor learning adventures for elementary students as well as home school students in our area. Each season brings a new Learning Pathway to discover.

Winter/Spring Break CampS

The perfect antidote to too much screen time during school breaks. Our one-day camps are a self contained adventure of learning. Plus, it’s a great way to check out our program for the first time.

F.O.R.E.S.T. Youth Mentorship

Our 9-month skills immersion program for middle and high school students. Designed to foster community among students who are looking for a place to belong.

Coyote Outdoor School

During the regular school year, Oregon fifth and sixth graders attend 3-6 day Outdoor School programs and receive funding from the state to cover costs. At Coyote Outdoor School, students develop better scientific skills and ecological understanding but also greater self-confidence, new human and non-human friends, curiosity to discover more, and gratitude for nature’s gifts. Our overnight programs enhance students’ connection to self, community, and nature. 

Community

Whole Earth Nature School strives to be a part of the community and meet people where they are. Twice a year, we teach Nature Days for free, taking elementary classes outside at our partnering schools. We also have booths at a number of local events.

At our booths, you can try to solve tracking mysteries using plaster casts and field guides. You can touch real pelts and bones of animals large and small. At some of events, we even teach archery!

We also offer the free Fox Den program to ensure that every family has an opportunity to connect with us and learn outdoor skills.

Come say "Hi!"

Find us at:

  • Nature Days in September and February, at Eugene/Springfield Schools
  • Play in the Rain Day in November at Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • The Mushroom Festival in the fall at Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • The Wildflower Festival in the spring at Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Survivors in the Woods, a Childhood Leukemia Support Group gathering

Fox Den: Evening family Program

Wednesday evenings join us for free family fun. Each week has a new selections of nature crafts, games, skills, and stories.

Where is my camp? How should I prepare? What should I pack? What can I expect? All the information you seek is located here.

Scholarships

Nature connection is for everyone. That’s why we are committed to making nature camps accessible for as many families as possible. We are proud to offer need-based scholarships for families who would like to attend our programs. Discounts are available for up to half off the program cost.

Volunteer

Make a difference in our community by sharing your nature connection with kids. Plus you can learn new outdoor skills and games. We have a variety of schedules and commitment levels available, depending on your experience and schedule. Training is provided.