Volunteers are essential to Coyote Outdoor School success!

We are currently recruiting volunteers for our Spring 2023 programs, approximately April 3-June1. Individuals from the below groups are invited to complete our registration form to volunteer:

  • high school students
  • college students

How do I volunteer at Coyote Outdoor School?

Step 1: Review this webpage so you understand the role and expectations for Outdoor School Volunteers.
Step 2: Complete the Outdoor School Volunteer Registration Form.  
Step 3: We will send you information about next steps, schedule your training and program dates, and send you required forms to complete.
Step 4:
 Reply to our emails and texts to confirm your dates. Complete any required forms or background checks. 

Step 5: Participate in a volunteer training March 29-31 (Wednesday-Friday of Spring Break) before your scheduled program.
Step 6:
Have the experience of a lifetime supporting 5th and 6th graders at Outdoor School!

Who can volunteer at Coyote Outdoor School?

Volunteers during the Spring 2023 season may include: 

  • High school students (grades 9-12)
  • College students (particularly education or environmental studies majors)

Volunteer requirements: 

  • Volunteers who are 18 and older are required to be fingerprinted and pass an Oregon Department of Education background check. 
  • High school students must receive written permission from a parent/guardian and all their teachers to participate. 
  • Volunteer schedules are flexible based on your availability, but we prefer volunteers to be available for 3-5 consecutive days during Outdoor School season. 
  • Coyote Leaders also must attend a training to be eligible. 

High school & college students: Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering at Outdoor School is a fun, rewarding experience that looks great on your resume. You will receive training and support from experienced Whole Earth staff before and during your assigned week at Coyote Outdoor School. We welcome everyone and will work with you to accommodate your needs, including (but not limited to) physical and mental disabilities, dietary restrictions, and medical conditions. 

You will receive training and materials to engage younger students in outdoor learning and support them during overnight programs. Student volunteers 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!

What do volunteers do at Coyote Outdoor School?

Volunteers 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. Volunteers provide direct support to students during meal time, cabin time, campfire, and contributions and sleep with students in their cabins overnight. Volunteers help to create a welcoming, supportive community at Coyote Outdoor School by serving as mentors to 5th and 6th graders during the program. 

When and where is Coyote Outdoor School? 

In 2023, Coyote Outdoor School will be running in-person day and overnight programs at Camp LutherwoodOur tentative season schedule is April 3 – June 1, 2023. We will request your availability and schedule dates with you directly after we release our registration form.