Fox Den

Evening time is family time — and Willamette Valley families can create deep nature connections together! Every Wednesday we’ll delve into the natural world together as we explore: Nature Crafts, Ancient Skills, Storytelling and Games!

Parents are welcome to participate with their children, but parent participation is not required for children over 4. (However, it is required that all parents stay on the premises while their children are attending the Fox Den program.)

LOCATION: Cafe Yumm! at the Meridian Building on 18th & Willamette
DATES: Every Wednesday through May (unless noted on this Fox Den page)
TIME: 5:30-7:00pm

Weekly Schedule

5:30 pm – Ordering Food & Welcome Activities
Order your food at the front counter by 5:30 and have it noted as part of Fox Den so we can all sit down together to enjoy a warm meal on the chilly winter nights. Then head into the room that connects to the front patio and join us at our big table!

5:40 pm – Fun & Educational Activities
Foxfire and friends will guide Fox Denizens in making crafts, playing games, puzzling over riddles, and learning ancient skills, just like at our Coyote Kids and summer nature camp programs! See below for our schedule of activities.

6:00 pm – Dinner, Gratitude, and Stories
We’ll share what we’re thankful about from our week as we dive into dinner. Then, hear adventures of Whole Earth Nature School staff and mythic stories of animals and people across the world. We’ll also give children a chance to share their nature stories from the week.

6:30 pm – Fun & Educational Activities (cont.)

6:50 pm Closing Circle & Reintegration
This integral part of the Coyote Mentoring teaching method wraps up the event, teaches stewardship, and helps kids think about how they can take what they learned with them into their lives.

Monthly Themes

Each month we’ll go through a rotation of activities around a theme:

October: NinjaCats – Master all four elements (air, earth, fire, water) to become as sneaky and invisible as a cougar.

November: School of Wizardry – Make a wand and learn spells and potions based on local plants, and how to track magical beasts

December: Wild Scouts – Learn how to craft, scout, and track just like Tom Brown Jr. and hear epic stories of the master tracker’s adventures.

January: Druids of Featherleaf – Find your own place in nature to call your Grove where you can tend to plants, eat wild edibles, and speak to birds.

February: Nature Hacker – Learn how to live your favorite video games in the forest through Fort Night, Mine Crafters, Forest Raider, and Way of the Jedi.

March: The Long Journey – Go on epic quests to sneak up on the dragon Smaug, find the North Pole with Winnie the Pooh, and cross the dangerous rivers of the Oregon Trail.

AprilForests of Avalon – Help the Tinker Faeries with their engineering, make fair crowns at the Feast of Flowers, make a miniature elven garden, and learn to craft arrows and celtic knots like the best Brave Archer.

May: Instructor Favorites – Share in our passion for reading treasure maps like pirates, solving nature riddles, making traps, digging through soil for bugs, and more!