High school volunteers aka “Coyote Leaders” are essential to the success of Coyote Outdoor School!
Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant uncertainty around outdoor school this year. While we are confident programs will be happening, the way that programs look may change in response to updated guidance or public health situations. Please fill out the registration form below and we will contact you about getting involved.
All in-person programming will adhere to the most current Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance from the state of Oregon on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
How do I become a Coyote Leader?
Step 1: Review this webpage so you understand the role and expectations for Coyote Leaders.
Step 2: Complete the Coyote Leader Registration Form, and recruit your friends to register too! Receive priority for your preferred dates by completing this form early.
Step 3: We will reach out to you by email or text to share next steps.
Step 4: Have the experience of a lifetime as a Coyote Leader!
Who can be a Coyote Leader?
High school students (grades 9-12) and college students can register to volunteer as a Coyote Leader. They must be available for 3 to (preferably) 5 consecutive days during Outdoor School season. High school students must receive written permission from a parent/guardian and all their teachers to participate. Coyote Leaders also must attend a training to be eligible. Contact us at OutdoorSchool@wholeearth.org for more information if you are a college student interested in volunteering.
What do Coyote Leaders do at Outdoor School?
Coyote Leaders lead important parts of our Outdoor School programs for fifth- and sixth-grade students, assisting with field studies by running small groups and engaging with younger students. Coyote Leaders also help to create a welcoming, supportive community at Coyote Outdoor School by serving as mentors to younger students during the program.
When and where is Coyote Outdoor School?
For 2021, Coyote Outdoor School will be operating as a hybrid of day-programs and online learning. Coyote Leaders will be assisting with day programs at Camp Lutherwood in the Oregon Coast Range. In-person programs start April 26 and run through the June 11. Please note that we may not be able to provide transportation for Coyote Leaders to and from programs during spring of 2021.
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 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. You can also earn volunteer hours for the time you spend at Coyote Outdoor School including training!