High school volunteers aka “Coyote Leaders” are essential to the success of Coyote Outdoor School!

Who can be a Coyote Leader?

High school students (grades 9-12) can apply to volunteer as a Coyote Leader. They must be available for 3 to (preferably) 5 consecutive days during Outdoor School season and receive written permission from a parent/guardian and all their teachers to participate. Coyote Leaders also must attend a training to be eligible. See more in the “How do I become a Coyote Leader?” section below. We may approve non-high school students as Coyote Leaders on a case-by-case basis. Contact us at OutdoorSchool@wholeearth.org for more information.

What do Coyote Leaders do at Outdoor School?

Coyote Leaders lead important parts of our overnight Outdoor School programs for 5th- and 6th-grade students, assisting with field studies by running small group labs and engaging with younger students during games and campfire programs. Coyote Leaders also help to create a welcoming, supportive community at Coyote Outdoor School by serving as mentors to younger students during meal time, contributions (chores), and bedtime. Coyote Leaders even get a free hour to socialize with peers at the end of the day. 

When and where is Coyote Outdoor School? 

The spring 2019 season is held from mid-May through early-June, and the required staff and Coyote Leader training is May 4-5. Outdoor School sessions last 3 to 5 days and are held during a regular school week. We have ~100-130 spots available for high school students (9th-12th grade) with options to volunteer for 3 days, 2 nights minimum or 5 days, 4 nights maximum.

  • May 15-17: 25 Coyote Leader spots available
  • May 20-24: 25-40 Coyote Leaders spots available
  • May 29-31: 25-40 Coyote Leaders spots available
  • June 3-7: 25 Coyote Leaders spots available

All Coyote Outdoor School spring 2019 programs will be hosted at Camp Lutherwood in the Oregon Coast Range. This beautiful site has lush forest, clear streams, warm cabins, clean restrooms, and a large cafeteria to gather for meals. Although the camp is affiliated with the Lutheran church, they welcome people of all faiths and beliefs. Coyote Outdoor School programs are secular, and our unique Coyote mentoring philosophy invites people of diverse backgrounds to connect with nature on their own terms.

Why should I volunteer as a Coyote Leader?

Volunteering as a Coyote Leader is a fun, rewarding experience that looks great on your resume. Coyote Leaders receive training and support from experienced Whole Earth staff before and during their assigned week at Coyote Outdoor School. We welcome everyone and accommodate unique needs, including (but not limited to) physical and mental disabilities, dietary restrictions, and medical conditions. You will receive free room and board throughout your program and all the necessary materials to engage younger students in outdoor learning. Coyote Leaders leave Outdoor School with empathetic leadership skills, more confidence, new aspirations, and tenacity to set and achieve their goals. 

How do I become a Coyote Leader?
Step 1: Complete the Coyote Leader Application Form, and recruit your friends to apply too! Receive priority for your preferred dates by applying sooner.

Step 2: Review the email confirmation from the Outdoor School director outlining the next steps to complete your registration.

Step 3: Receive permission to be a Coyote Leader from your parent(s)/ guardian(s) and each of your spring trimester teachers and coaches using official forms.
Step 4: Upload or email signed permission forms to OutdoorSchool@WholeEarth.org.
Step 5: Receive and respond to the email from the Outdoor School director confirming your program dates and training information.
Step 6: Attend Coyote Leader training on May 4-5 at Camp Lutherwood.
Step 7: Meet at the Whole Earth Nature School office (time TBD) on the first day of your assigned week to be bused to Camp Lutherwood.
Step 8: Have the experience of a lifetime as a Coyote Leader!