Way of the Owl - "Detective Whoo"

Your child will have a blast in our 2-hour afterschool program where they reimagine themselves as perceptive naturalists, right in their school neighborhoods! 

  • Grades: 1st-5th
  • Where: We pick students up at different schools throughout Eugene/Springfield to explore local natural areas by foot. 
  • When: Once weekly for 2 hours right afterschool. Students who do not attend the school need to be dropped off promptly by parents/guardians. See weekly schedule for which schools are on which days.
  • Schedule: Spring 2022 semester ends the week of May 23-May 27. See calendar below for holidays.
  • Enrollment: Open until February 5th.
  • Ratio: 6 students to 1 instructor. Minimum 6 students per session. 
  • Tuition: Four monthly payments of $79.00 ($38.50 with a scholarship, which is all students at Equity Project schools or at any school for families who apply as part of our registration process).
  • *We also have Coyote Kids! Immersion programs at Mount Pisgah Arboretum from 9:30am-1:30pm.

**For Afterschool programs, we follow the no-school days on the 4J elementary school calendar.  For Immersion, we will hold all classes except for a few holidays that 4J follows.**

Notable no-school days for 2021-2022 are as follows:

Feb 21 (M) No School – Presidents Day

  • No CK! Afterschool

March 18 (F) No School — Staff Work Day 

  • No CK! Afterschool

March 21-25 (M-F) No School — Spring Break

  • All regular CK! programs will be closed. Instead, we will be running week-long and one single day Spring Break camps.

April 15 (F) No School — Prof. Dev. day

  • No CK! Afterschool


  • We will also follow the lead of 4J schools for canceling programs due to inclement weather. Please refer to the 4J Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute updates. 

Preparing For Camp

Financial Aid

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.


Scholarships for up to 50% of tuition are available any of our Coyote Kids! programs.  You can apply for these scholarships after you register.

Coyote Kids Love nature!

“After missing out on school this spring, the opportunity to send my daughter to a camp we felt safe about this summer was amazing. Her confidence was boosted and I could tell she loved having a fun environment where she could learn and use her imagination around other kids; she really thrives on that interaction. Thanks for all your efforts!” – Testimonial by a parent of a 2020 summer camper

What is Way of the OWL?

Each semester, students in our Learning Pathways program earn certificates in Level 1 of one of our four learning pathways: Cougar, Raccoon, Owl, or Wolverine. 

Spring of 2022 features our Way of the Owl pathway, which focuses on physical awareness and animal studies. Nothing can be learned without awareness. This is the path of the tracker and naturalist. It includes skills of tracking, bird language, mammal studies, and sensory awareness.

Students will build their:

  • Core Knowledge of the Natural World (Natural History): We learn how to research with field guides and make drawings that convey information.
  • Awareness & Observation (Perception): We learn how to identify natural hazards and expand our senses. We also practice being quiet so we can observe wildlife instead of scaring them away!
  • Ability to Analyze Patterns & Relationships (Ecology): We teach students how to move beyond basic observations to asking the questions that will help them understand connections and come up with deductions. We study the messages birds send to each other, look at animal’s gaits and behaviors, and compare tracks and signs. 

Enter the imaginary world of… Detective Whoo!

There are mysteries to solve, and the legendary owl Detective Sherlock Whoo needs your help! Expand your case file each week with naturalist journals about the forest’s suspects. Learn how to tell the story of what happened by looking at the evidence: bones, tracks, feathers, scat, feeding signs, and more! Make an observation blind so you can watch the scene without being detected. 

You will use all your senses, even your intuition. The birds will be your allies, alarming at who they see! You’ll have to be sneaky if you want to crack the case without getting caught. No matter how the story ends, the art of deduction is guaranteed to lead you on a thrilling adventure!

Transform a child into a Coyote Kid!