AFterschool Program

  • Program is all outdoors for 2 hours afterschool
  • Kids learn real outdoor skills
  • Connect with nature right in your own neighborhood.
  • Each term features a new Learning Pathway
  • For grades 1-5

Join us once a week for outdoor exploration and adventure in our Coyote Kids! after-school nature camp. Students are guided by our highly trained instructors through games, skills trainings & experiences which nurture their connection with the earth. Every semester we focus on one of our four nature learning pathways, and every semester is unique, year after year. Students 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. 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!

Coyote Kids Love nature!

Spring 2019

Our Way of the Raccoon term features:

  • Caretending our fantasy-inspired “druid groves”
  • Making root beer and wild plant teas
  • Harvesting plants to make medicinal ointment
  • Botany through journaling and observation

Tuition

Standard tuition is 4 payments of $74.25. Tuition for schools funded by the Equity Project is 4 payments of $37.00 with no need to fill out any scholarship application. Scholarships are available for all other Coyote Kids! schools as well. (Please note: the registration system will display the entire total for the semester term, but at checkout you will be able to select to pay in monthly installments, and without paying any interest.)

Scholarships

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

Term Length

Each semester is comprised of a four month term. (We do not meet on any no-school day listed in the 4J Elementary Calendar. Nor do we meet if there is a no-school day that is specific to your child’s school.) For semester beginning and end dates, please see your child’s school, listed below.

Locations & TImes

Fall session: 
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00
October 3rd-January 23rd

Spring session: 
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00
February 6th-May 22nd

Fall session: 
Wednesdays 2:25-4:25
October 3rd-January 23rd

Spring session: 
Wednesdays 2:25-4:25
February 6th-May 22nd

Fall session: 
Tuesdays: 2:50-4:50
October 3rd-January 22nd

Spring session: 
Tuesdays: 2:50-4:50
February 5th-May 21st

Fall session:
Thursdays 3:00-5:00
October 3rd-January 24th

Spring session:
Thursdays 3:00-5:00
February 7th-May 23rd

Fall session:
Mondays 2:25-4:25
October 3rd-January 14th

Spring session:
Mondays 2:25-4:25
February 4th-May 2oth

Fall session:
Thursdays 3:00-5:00
October 3rd-January 24th

Spring session:
Thursdays 3:00-5:00
February 7th-May 23rd

Fall session:
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
October 3rd-January 22nd

Spring session:
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
February 5th-May 21st

Fall session:
Mondays 3:00-5:00
October 3rd-January 14th

Spring session:
Mondays 3:00-5:00
February 4th-May 20th

 

Fall session: 
Tuesdays 2:45-4:45
October 3rd-January 22nd

Spring session: 
Tuesdays 2:45-4:45
February 5th-May 21st

Fall session:
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00
October 3rd-January 23rd

Spring session:
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00
February 6th-May 22nd

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.

Coyote Kids Homeschool

Looking for an educational outdoor program that offers real skills? You have come to the right place. Coyote Kids Homeschool 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.

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

Coyote Kids Homeschool is open to all families in our area but is designed for the needs of home-schooling families. This program has no religious affiliation or message. This program is for children only, sorry parents. We encourage you to check out our monthly adult trainings for programs specifically tailored for adults.

Details

  • Ages: 5 to 13 – Mondays 10am-2pm
  • Schedule: Fall Semester 2018 – September 24th-January 14th. Spring Semester 2019 February 4th to May 20th
  • Enrollment: Open until February 10th for the Spring Semester
  • Maximum group size: 12 students
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 students
  • Tuition: Four payments of $132.50 or one payment of $530 for half a school year (one semester).

All of our school-year programs, including Coyote Kids Homeschool will adhere to the 4J elementary calendar. You can view the most up-to date version of this calendar by visiting: http://www.4j.lane.edu/calendars/elementary2018/

Notable no-school Mondays for 2018-2019 are as follows:
November 12th (Veteran’s Day)
Dec 24th and 31st and Jan 1st (Winter Break and New Years)
Jan 21st (Martin Luther King Jr Day)
Jan 28th (Whole Earth professional development/planning day)
Feb 18th (Presidents Day)
Mar 25th (Spring Break)

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. https://twitter.com/4Jweather

Financial Aid

Discounts: 5% off the second child registered at the same time

Need-based scholarships are available for up to 50% tuition discount.

Fossil Distance Learning Program
Are you a participant in the Fossil Distance Learning Program? Whole Earth Nature School is happy to support families in utilizing their FDLP funds to attend Coyote Kids Homeschool. Just email us (ContactUs@WholeEarth.org) and we can set up an invoice for you.

TEACH NORTHWEST
Are you a participant in TEACH-NW? We are also happy to support families in utilizing a portion of your allotment account to attend Coyote Kids Homeschool. Just email us (ContactUs@WholeEarth.org) and we can set up an invoice for you.

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.

Spring 2019

Our Way of the Raccoon term features:

  • Caretending our fantasy-inspired “druid groves”
  • Making root beer and wild plant teas
  • Harvesting plants to make medicinal ointment
  • Botany through journaling and observation

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.

Transform a child into a Coyote Kid!