Way of the Owl - "Detective Whoo"

Join us each week at the magnificent Mount Pisgah Arboretum for nature adventures in our Way of the Owl learning pathway. Come join us for a tailored curriculum in small, all-outdoors cohorts for a safe, enriching, and super fun learning experience.

  • Ages: 5-8 and 8-13
  • When: Mondays, 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Schedule:  Spring 2022 semester is January 31st through May 13th. Tap calendar below for holidays.
  • Enrollment: Open until February 5th.
  • Ratio: 6 students to 1 instructor
  • Tuition: Four monthly payments or one payment of $596 for half a school year (one semester). Scholarships available by application after registration.
  • *We have different Coyote Kids! Immersion programs for ages 4-13 on Tuesday and Wednesday; please see below.

**For Afterschool programs, we follow the no-school days on the 4J elementary school calendar.  For Immerison, we will hold all classes except for a few national holidays that 4J follows.**

Notable no-school days for 2022 are as follows:

Feb 21 (M) No School – Presidents Day

  • No CK! Afterschool
  • Immersion is running

March 18 (F) No School — Staff Work Day 

  • No CK! Afterschool
  • Immersion is running

March 21-25 (M-F) No School — Spring Break

  • All regular CK! programs will be closed. Instead, we will be running week-long and one single day Spring Break camps.

April 15 (F) No School — Prof. Dev. day

  • No CK! Afterschool
  • Immersion is running


  • 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. 

Preparing For Camp

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 for up to 50% of tuition are available any of our Coyote Kids! programs. You can apply for these scholarships after 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.


Way of the Owl – “Detective Whoo”

Ages 5-8

Mondays 9:30-1:30 
At Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Way of the Owl – “Detective Whoo”

Ages 8-13

Mondays 9:30-1:30 
At Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Coyote Kids Love nature!

“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

What is Way of the Owl?

Each semester, students in our Learning Pathways program earn certificates in Level 1 of one of our four learning pathways: Cougar, Raccoon, Owl, or Wolverine. 

Spring of 2022 features our Way of the Owl pathway, which focuses on physical awareness and animal studies. Nothing can be learned without awareness. This is the path of the tracker and naturalist. It includes skills of tracking, bird language, mammal studies, and sensory awareness.

Students will build:

  • Core Knowledge of the Natural World (Natural History):We learn how to research with field guides and make drawings that convey information.
  • Awareness & Observation (Perception): We learn how to identify natural hazards and expand our senses. We also practice being quiet so we can observe wildlife instead of scaring them away! 
  • Ability to Analyze Patterns & Relationships (Ecology): We teach students how to move beyond basic observations to asking the questions that will help them understand connections and come up with deductions. We study the messages birds send to each other, look at animal’s gaits and behaviors, and compare tracks and signs. 

Enter the imaginary world of… Detective Whoo!

There are mysteries to solve, and the legendary owl Detective Sherlock Whoo needs your help! Expand your case file each week with naturalist journals about the forest’s suspects. Learn how to tell the story of what happened by looking at the evidence: bones, tracks, feathers, scat, feeding signs, and more! Make an observation blind so you can watch the scene without being detected. 

You will use all your senses, even your intuition. The birds will be your allies, alarming at who they see! You’ll have to be sneaky if you want to crack the case without getting caught. No matter how the story ends, the art of deduction is guaranteed to lead you on a thrilling adventure!

Additional Coyote Kids! Immersion Programs


Wildkin Foundations

Ages 4-7

Mondays 9:30-1:30 
At Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Wildkin Foundations

Ages 6-13

Mondays 9:30-1:30 
At Mount Pisgah Arboretum


Wee Wildkin Village

Ages 4-6

Mondays and Fridays 9:30-1:30 
At Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Wildkin Village

Ages 5-13

Mondays 9:30-1:30 
At Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Transform a child into a Coyote Kid!