About Coyote Outdoor School
Coyote Outdoor School is a program of Whole Earth Nature School. Our overnight programs enhance students’ connection to self, community, and nature. We work diligently to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels accepted and supported.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students spend their days searching for wildlife signs, painting with soil, journaling plants, and exploring in the forest. Their evenings are full too as they bond with their cabin mates, share gratitude at dinner, and sing under the starry night sky. Outdoor School stories, songs, and adventures become lasting memories that empower students to be curious learners and compassionate leaders.
Coyote Outdoor School services include:
- Full-service coordination of Outdoor School program, including curriculum development, instruction, meals, lodging, training, and on-site logistics
- School districts coordinate and pay for student transportation and teacher stipends; everything else is covered in our per student price
- Assurance that our program prices will receive 100% state funding approved by OSU Extension for schools that qualify
- Advice regarding Oregon State Outdoor School policies and state funding requirements
- Overnight Outdoor School programs, ranging from 3 to 5 days
- Student-centered, nature-centered programming that enhances student awareness, curiosity, and critical thinking
- Hands-on curriculum that meets common core and next generation science standards
See Services & Deliverables for the complete list of services we provide.
Impacts of Coyote Outdoor School
We know from research on residential outdoor education programs that Outdoor School fosters student growth, confidence, and nature connection. Many students who struggle in traditional learning environments excel in experiential learning at Coyote Outdoor School. Students leave Coyote Outdoor School feeling more comfortable outdoors and ready to take on new challenges. They return to school with a greater enthusiasm to learn and a better ability to apply science to real-world situations. Teachers appreciate the opportunity to engage with their students at Outdoor School rather than leading lessons and focusing on logistics