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

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 by March 14, and recruit your friends to register too! Receive priority for your preferred dates by completing this form early.
Step 3: Review our Coyote Leader Information & Permission Packet. Receive permission to be a Coyote Leader from your parent(s)/ guardian(s) and each of your spring trimester teachers and coaches using forms in the packet. Work out a plan with your teachers to complete make-up assignments.
Step 4: Upload or email signed permission forms to OutdoorSchool@WholeEarth.org.
Step 5: Respond to the message confirming your program dates and training information.
Step 6: Attend the overnight Coyote Leader training at SKY Camp. Training will be held from 9 a.m. on March 28 to 12:30 p.m. on March 29. We will provide transportation from Eugene to those who need it.
Step 7: Meet at the Eugene School District on the first day of your assigned week to be bused to SKY Camp.

Step 8: 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 overnight Outdoor School programs for fifth- and sixth-grade students, assisting with field studies by running small groups 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, and bedtime. Coyote Leaders will have one special nighttime social with peers and two-hour breaks in the afternoon to catch up on school work, relax or socialize. Review the sample Coyote Leader Schedule to learn more about your role. 

When and where is Coyote Outdoor School? 

Please reference the table for dates, participating schools (of fifth and sixth grade students), and the number of Coyote Leader spots available for each program. When you fill out our registration form, you will get to fill in your availability so we know which dates work best for you, and you can choose your preferred dates.  

The spring 2020 season is held from April through May at SKY Camp on the Fall Creek Reservoir. This beautiful site has lush forest, a clear lake, warm cabins, clean restrooms, and a large lodge to gather for meals

Coyote Leaders are required to attend a training before volunteering. Our overnight, comprehensive training program will be held at SKY Camp March 28-29. Make-up trainings are available on a case-by-case basis if volunteers have a valid reason for missing the overnight training.

Outdoor School sessions last 3 to 5 days and are held during a regular school week. We have ~140 spots available for high school students (9th-12th grade) with options to volunteer for 3 days, 2 nights or 5 days, 4 nights. With permission from parents and teachers, students are eligible to volunteer for multiple weeks of Outdoor School.

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 lodging and meals 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. You can earn 90 volunteer hours if you attend our overnight training and volunteer for five days!