Semester-long programs for ages 3-13

Hey parents!

Are you looking for something for your kids (ages 3-13) to do this school-year?

  • Do you want your child playing outside?
  • Does your child yearn to spend time with friends?
  • Do you wish you could support your child’s learning?

Coyote Kids! includes a variety of program options to meet your family’s needs! Our programs guide small groups of students in fun nature-based adventures for a semester.

“After missing out on school this spring, the opportunity to send my daughter to a camp we felt safe about this summer was amazing. Her confidence was boosted and I could tell she loved having a fun environment where she could learn and use her imagination around other kids; she really thrives on that interaction. Thanks for all your efforts!” – Testimonial by a parent of a 2020 summer camper

Coyote Kids Love nature!

New Level 2 program available!

Mondays from 10-2, as part of our Coyote Kids! Immersion program.

Students now can receive mentoring in Level 2 of Way of the Cougar. This unique opportunity is for students who have:

  • Earned their certificate in Level 1 Way of the Cougar
  • Been invited to Advanced Earth Ninja
  • Attended summer Earth Ninja camp at least twice and feel dedicated to growing their skills to the next level and being part of a team

Each week this program will feature a morning of highly personalized mentoring and skill development, followed by an afternoon of exciting, challenging, and meaningful scout missions. That’s why this program is ONLY for students who take their learning seriously and who are ready to be team players! That said, like all NinjaCats or Earth Ninja programs, it will be a ton of fun!

Focal skill areas: stealth (camo, movement, mind), intuition, navigation (aided and aidless), mentoring others.

  • Ages: 8 to 13 
  • Prerequisites: See bullets above
  • When: Monday, 10:00am-2:00pm 
  • Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Schedule:  Fall 2020 semester is October 5th to January 27, 2020 
  • Enrollment: Open until October 11th for the Fall semester.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: Four monthly payments of $149 or one payment of $596 for half a school year (one semester), per program day. Scholarships available by application during registration.

Meet your mentor:

“Lonestar” (Justin Watt) immerses himself in the pedagogy of 8-Shields mentoring, in his personal life as well as his work with students and plants. His permaculture principles also inform his teaching, strengthening his ability to role-model “observation before interaction,” “applying self-regulation and accepting feedback,” “use and value diversity,” and “creatively respond to change.” He reaches students on two important levels. First, his love of fantasy, music, and merriment encourages students to play and have fun–the foundation of connection. Second, he gets to know each student so that they feel seen and heard, and with that serious level of connection provides a space for them to take their learning and growth seriously. If you are looking for a mentor whose influence your child will remember for decades, this is a great opportunity!

three ways to join the fun!

Coyote Kids!


Up to three 4-hour weekly programs that run 10 am to 2 pm, Monday to Wednesday.

Choose one of our three curriculum (or all three!) and join us each week at the magnificent Mount Pisgah Arboretum for nature adventures. Small cohorts all-outdoors for a safe, enriching, and super fun learning experience

  • Ages: 5 to 13 (There is an ages 3-5 cohort on Wednesday)
  • When: Choose Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday* (or all three; see below for which curriculum runs on which days), 10:00am-2:00pm (4 hours per week per curriculum)
  • Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Schedule:  Fall 2020 semester is October 5th to January 27, 2020 
  • Enrollment: Open until October 7th for the Fall semester.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: Four monthly payments of $149 or one payment of $596 for half a school year (one semester), per program day. Scholarships available by application during registration.
  • *Curriculum for each day (see curriculum descriptions below)

Coyote Kids!


Two hours weekly afterschool.

We will expand your child’s mind every day while you work by providing all three curriculum with greater levels of depth and mastery, in addition to supporting your child in their regular schoolwork.

  • Ages: 5 to 13
  • When: Choose Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 3pm-5pm.
  • Where: Skinner Butte Park
  • Schedule:  Fall 2020 semester is October 5th to January 27th. 
  • Enrollment: Open until October 7th for the Fall term.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: Three monthly payments of $79 or one payment of $316 for the Fall semester. Scholarships available by application during registration.
  • Curriculum for Fall 2020 is NinjaCats for Way of the Cougar certification.

Coyote Kids!


Live, remote enrichment program.

Games, skills trainings & experiences which nurture your child’s safe connection with the earth. Students interact with our instructor and a small group of peers, through our Whole Earth Academy remote nature education platform and are guided in connecting with the nature spaces adjacent to their homes!

*Coming soon! 

  • Ages: 5 to 13
  • When: Monday for ages 9-13, Tuesday for ages 5-8, 4-6pm
    (2 hrs per week)
  • Where: The nature spaces adjacent to your home (facilitation through Whole Earth Academy)
  • Schedule: Coming soon! 
  • Enrollment: Coming soon!
  • Maximum group size: 15 students
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: Three payments of $71.75 or one payment of $287 for the term. Scholarships available by application during registration.

Our Curriculum


Certification in Way of the Cougar

Your child will earn a certification in one of our four learning pathways through a carefully scaffolded curriculum that includes lots of play, skill-building, exploration, and imagination. NinjaCats focuses on skills of stealth, quiet mind, navigation, intuition, and mentoring others.

Available through any of our Coyote Kids! programs.

Naturalist Studies

In-depth study of “Homes” in nature

Your child will deepen their understanding of the natural world and the natural sciences through meaningful and transdisciplinary learning activities, including long-term focus topics and projects that change each term. Our “Homes” curriculum for Fall 2020 includes animal homes, family structures, habitats, relationships to host plants, and more!

Available Tuesdays at Coyote Kids! Immersion.

Wildkin Village

Guided social-emotional growth

Your child will build a relationship with the natural world and with others through mentored open-ended play opportunities in nature, with each child learning to take on a helpful role in our village. Students are guided in their growth by the Wildkin learning system and caring and knowledgeable instructors.

Available Wednesdays at Coyote Kids! Immersion.

Preparing For Camp

Where is my camp? How should I prepare? What should I pack? What can I expect? All the information you seek is located here.

Late Pickup Policy

We understand that sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances which could cause you to be late. We allow 15 minutes after the end of the camp for you to pick up your child without penalty. From 16-25 minutes late, we charge a flat fee of $5. For every additional minute after this, we charge $1 per minute. We do this in order to make every effort to support and compensate our instructors for the time they invest. We need our team leaders to be able to go home, rest, and return refreshed to care for your children the next day.

All of our school-year programs will adhere to the 4J elementary calendar. You can view the most up-to date version of this calendar by visiting:

Notable no-school days for 2020-2021 are as follows:

Nov. 11th (Veterans Day)

Nov. 26-27th (Thanksgiving Break)

Dec. 21st – Jan. 1st (Winter Break *We will be running Winter Break camps during this time)

Jan.18th (Martian Luther King Jr Day)

Mar. 22-26th (Spring Break *We will be running Spring Break camps during this time)

May 31st (Memorial Day)

We will also follow the lead of 4J schools for canceling programs due to inclement weather. Please refer to the 4J Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute updates.

Financial Aid

Nature connection is for everyone. That’s why we are committed to making nature camps accessible for as many families as possible. We are proud to offer need-based scholarships for families who would like to attend our programs. Discounts are available for up to half off the program cost.

Scholarships: Scholarship for up to 50% of tuition are available any of our Coyote Kids! programs. You can apply for these scholarships when you register.

Homeschooling/Charter Funds
Are you a participant in the Fossil Distance Learning Program or TEACH Northwest? Whole Earth Nature School is happy to support families in utilizing their funds to attend Coyote Kids. Just email us ( and we can set up an invoice for you.

More about what we do

  • Programs are all outdoors
  • Kids learn real outdoor skills
  • Connect with nature right near where you live
  • Each term features new learning focus

Looking for an educational outdoor program that offers real skills? You have come to the right place. Coyote Kids! is an opportunity for kids to become students of nature. Our trained nature mentors guide students to finding a deeper understanding of the natural world and their place in it. Our program structure includes a mix of directed activity and child-led play which allows students to explore the natural environment on their own terms. Learn more about what makes us different.

Between our rotating curriculum and the inspiration provided by nature and our highly trained instructors, every term of Coyote Kids is unique, year after year. Students of our Learning Pathways programs like “NinjaCats: Way of the Cougar” can earn their Level One Certificate for the nature learning pathway of the semester, or if a returning student, they can work toward their Level Two Certificate with our guidance. Students of our Naturalist Studies program will have different keepsake project and portfolios each semester. Students of our Wildkin program will spend each term mastering a new Wildkin learning system role. 

Parents receive a periodic email newsletter that describes what has been happening at Coyote Kids! nature camp (including pictures!) and includes our weekly “Dirt Time” assignments. While optional, those kids who choose to complete their Dirt Time assignments will receive a custom Coyote Kids bandanna that they can use to show off their achievement, as well as 75 additional uses!

All of our students work on learning skills of survival, awareness, and self sufficiency to develop independence and deepen their relationship with nature. All of our students have opportunities to achieve certifications in things like fire building, shelter construction, animal track ID, navigational skills, wild plant uses, and more in their Learning Pathways passport.


Mt. Pisgah Arboretum

You may drop off and pick up your children in the “bus turnaround” area without needing a pass. However, if you park your car for any amount of time in the parking lot you must purchase a pass. You can purchase a day pass on site for $4 or you can purchase an annual Lane County Parking pass for $40 (useable at any of 68 Lane County parks). Lane County has been known to be aggressive in ticketing cars and if you receive a ticket we will be unable to intervene on your behalf. Please be sure that all cars parked at the Arboretum display a valid pass.

WOrld Headquarters

Whole Earth Nature School’s World Headquarters is located conveniently in downtown Eugene, OR with access to lots of forested and riparian trails.


Whole Earth Academy

Any student enrolled in a program featuring one of our four Learning Pathways will also receive access to Whole Earth Academy’s online portal!

Whole Earth Academy helps your child:

  • Track their learning week by week 
  • Connect with their peers in a private discussion forum
  • Do their “Dirt Time” – optional home practice activities
  • Participate in a fun storyline that helps frame the skills they are learning

P.S. All of these options have as a prerequisite our free 2-day camp: “Portal to the Academy”! This camp gives students foundational outdoor skills for fun and safety, guided practice using the Whole Earth Academy platform, and an introduction to the World of Akasha!

Transform a child into a Coyote Kid!