During Spring 2021, Coyote Outdoor School is offering programming that aligns with state recommendations and district policies for Ready Schools, Safe Learners including social distancing in-person and 100% distance learning Outdoor School programming. We are working closely with OSU Extension Outdoor School to ensure that our programming centers equity and access, so that we can achieve Outdoor School for All during the COVID-19 pandemic. Review our communicable disease management plan aligned with Ready Schools, Safe Learners
We acknowledge that Outdoor School looks different this Spring. In accordance with early recommendations from the Oregon Department of Education, Coyote Outdoor School decided to suspend all overnight programs in January 2021 to focus on developing equitable distance learning and in-person day programs. By offering in-person day programs and online-delivered community based program, we are working to meet the needs of all staff, students, and teachers, so they can participate in Outdoor School safely and at their comfort level. 

Coyote Outdoor School canceled all in-person programs for the Spring 2020 season in response to the COVID-19 crisis and created the At Home in the Outdoors curriculum for students as an alternative program. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Coyote Outdoor School has followed all mandates and recommendations instituted by Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Department of Education.

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. 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.

We work diligently to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels accepted and supported. We offer learners opportunities to cultivate relationships with nature on their own terms by engaging in sensory awareness, self-reflection, and empathetic activities. At Coyote Outdoor School, we are committed to ensuring that every student has a sense of belonging, feels welcome in our Coyote community, and supported in their immersive outdoor learning experiences. We want students to leave not only with 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.

Read about our core values, our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and our staff on the Whole Earth Nature School “About” page

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.