Experiential Outdoor Programs
We Value Adversity & Adventure
School Year Programs
After School Hour programs / Day Programs / Field Trip Programs
Programs for three age groups
Early Bird discounts and Latecomer Prorated pricing
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Go Straight to Winter Programs Registration 2022
Forest Gang (Corvallis) 9a-12p, 2-5 yo
Winter Forest Gang - Avery Park/Coyle Outside Shelter - Provides a impactful free play experience to participants at a critical developmental age. Lead Instructor and Programmatics designer Robbin Stevenson brings diverse and broad training and experience as an early childhood development educator. She is a mother of 4 and operates Robbin's Nest. We will have access to a Tipi Shelter with wood stove and Tarp Shelter with fire pit to manage some of the colder/wetter days.
Early childhood is a short period of time that impacts the entire lifespan. By age 6, 90% of their adult brain volume is formed so these years have critical influences. The foundation built in early childhood has implications, not only in social and academic achievement, but also in physical health outcomes. By taking advantage of the unique setting of an outdoor program, your child won't miss out on this critical time! Through exploring nature as a Forest Gang, participants form critical neurological/socio-emotional pathways (available uniquely through engagement with the outdoors) that extend far beyond the scope of this program. Don't miss out on this special chance for your little one! Register for one or more days weekly. You are encouraged to phone Dan at Coyle Outside with any questions. Come dressed for the weather with snacks and water.
Wild Tribe (Corvallis) 9am-2pm, 8-12 yo
Lead by long time Coyle Outside instructor and outdoorsman Randy Bonner, each week participants will work on hand built projects like feathersticks, fish prints, hobo reels, survival bracelets, survival bows, mallots, survival matches, wood spoons and more. Students will learn knife safety and correct use, how to incorporate fire into hand made projects and foraging for quality and appropriate material from nature. Through sourcing material and then crafting students will build dexterity and learn the value of focus and follow through. We will stop to take breaks and play games sometimes incorporating projects.
Bushcrafter Tuesdays (Corvallis) 9am-2pm, 6-9 yo
Wild Tribe is meant for homeschooling and distance learning families or any family that wants to dedicate one day a week to outdoor education. This program provides an active, physical, social and experiential education. Instructor Randy Bonner works with younger grade school age youth focusing on blending wilderness and naturalist content/curriculum with student lead exploration and adventure. Over the course of the season daily expeditions, field trips and month or semester long projects may involve fishing forays, building fires, whittling spoons, building shelter, looking for amphibians or finding dry tinder or working on survival bows. Wild Tribe truly creates a wild nature experience and a social tribe experience that connects its participants to the natural world and childhood play and relationships. Programs vary somewhat according to location and lead instructor. It will be cold and wet and this makes it possibly the best opportunity for your participant to grow from being there!
Immersive Foraging & Wildcraft
Lead by Ingrid Gendreau participants develop knowledge and wisdom of the natural world. This (and Ingrid) are a not to be missed, great opportunity for families of grade school age homeschoolers or distance learners to get hands on science and skills education. Ingrid has developed and refined an intentional curriculum that has students exploring temporal, physical and spatial changes in the natural environment and playing with diverse projects such as wild salads and teas or fire making fungi. Class meets in different locations from week to week. See registration for more details.
After School Hours
Adventure Clan (Corvallis) 3-5:30p, 6-9 yo
Adventure Clan (Instructor Ingrid Gendreau) is an afternoon and after school hours program for any family looking to keep outdoor play, education and connection reliably scheduled into the week. Research and intuition both point to the incredible value of time spent being human in the natural world as a child. Similar in theme and content to Wild Tribe this program provides an active, physical, social and experiential education where participants develop relationships through shared exploration, team projects and scenarios. Participants may play a camoflaging game, build boats from natural materials, make maps of the site they are using or take part in a marshmellow and hot dog cookout that they build the fire for. Adventure Clan keeps nature a regular experience and social opportunity in your participants year. Programs vary somewhat according to location and lead instructor. We meet in a diversity of locales through the semester. The
Survival Science and Intro Foraging & Wildcraft (Corvallis) 3-5:30p, 8-12 yo
These programs, lead respectively by Delaney Chabot and Ingrid Gendreau, develop participant knowledge and wisdom of the natural world. Both represent great opportunities for families of grade school age homeschoolers or distance learners to get some hands on science and skills education. Survival Science uses experiments and lessons in bushcraft and survival skills to teach concepts as diverse as biology, physics, geology and taxonomy. Foraging and Wildcraft involves a highly developed curriculum that has students exploring temporal, physical and spatial changes in the natural environment and playing with diverse projects such as wild salads and teas or fire making fungi. See registration for more details.
Intro Foraging & Wildcraft Wednesdays
Hunter Forager Fridays (Corvallis) 2-5:00p, 8-12 yo
Participants will learn and practice various methods for game tracking, game processing, fishing and foraging. We will practice tracking game birds, terrestrial game (deer, rabbit, squirrel) and understanding and targeting good fish habitat. We will process (gut/skin/butcher) fish and small game (and deer if we get lucky enough) as well as spend classes learning mushrooming, foraging for wild edibles and medicinals. Taught by uber avid outdoorsman Randy Bonner, this class is a powerful opportunity to build a diverse skill set for the young hunter and survivalist.
Way of the Racoon, Urban Rangers (Corvallis) 2-5:00p, 6-9 yo
Participants learn to navigate cityscape through the lens of the natural world. The focus is to explore where the natural world exists in the city and to apply a wilderness mindset to navigating the cityscapes. We will also be exploring resource management and navigation through in the context of an urban environment. Students will meet in a drop off location and draw on mixed urban and natural resources such as the bike trails, parks and public spaces to find their way to a pick-up location. Each student will begin with $10 (provided by family, managing financial resources is part of the weekly class) and learn to make decisions about resource management, and operating in a cityscape to procure materials such as shelter, food, and water. There will also be a focus on conducting oneself in a respectful and appropriate way while interacting in a cityscape.
Ninja Power and Stealth Movement (Corvallis) 2-5:00p, 6-9 yo
This weekly offering taught by Delaney Chabot experiments with various movement modalities. Delaney is an accomplished athlete and instructor. Each week participants will practice aspects of parkour, balance sports, stealth movement and more through the use of props, natural obstacles, slack lines and expanding the capacity of their own body. They will build timing, strength, mobility, power and flexibility. Games and obstacle courses will provide some of the fun and challenging ways to develop and test the development of their skill.
Activity Afternoons (Corvallis) 3-5/5:30, 8-14 yo
These offerings have a theme activity each day of the week. Choose the day(s) and/or activity(ies) that work for your child and attend those days each week of the given Fall/Winter/Spring session you register for. Various instructors with expertise in the given activity work with a stable group building skills and social cohesion.
Open-Teen/Adult BushCraft Fridays (5:30-7pm)
Field Scout Immersive (Corvallis) 9-14 yo
This program includes 2 Weekend Workshops (9-4pm), 3 Field Trips and overnight camping trip and a 3 day backpacking trip. This program is for adventurous and focused participants who want to build competency and judgement with outdoor skills and for outdoor trips. We will teach from our newly developed skills inventory and this program will assess each participants evolution in hard skills and leadership and communication skills. We will include short discussions on leadership, crisis management, communication and decision making during each session. Overnight trips will occur late in the Fall and this is intentional so that students will be able to test their skills against rainy season Oregon weather conditions. By the way, we recommend this program for any participant who may want to someday become a junior instructor with Coyle Outside. Lead by Daniel Coyle and Ingrid Gendreau.
Bushcraft & Survival Teen/Adult Friday evening
Each Friday night we will get together, usually at the Coyle Outside fire pit and shelter, to spend 90 minutes on skills. Lead typically by Daniel Coyle this weekly progression will loosely follow our Wilderness Skills Immersion Course curriculum including topics such as knife skills and safety, fire, shelter, navigation, knots, cordage, and get into some parallel topics that fit the group interest and could include traps, tracking, primitive skills, foraging etc. Guest instructors are likely and anyone with skills to share/teach should be in touch with us.
AND check these local offerings out and tell them we sent you! We recommend them all highly.
Regenerative Roots Non Profit Homeschool Programs - Be in touch with Paul as they are currently developing their plans for the Fall
Fern and Feather Forest School - Brian offers amazing free play, 100% outside nature connection programming for pre school age youth.