Instructors - Wilderness, Fishing, Movement
Team consists of active and seasonal staff and changes sometimes faster than the website keeps up with
Daniel Coyle - Founder/Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
I founded Coyle Outside after working as a guide, program developer and staff trainer and then School Director/Administrator in the Wilderness Therapy industry for 10 years. I grew up in NJ and moved to Oregon after graduating from Cornell University in 1994. After a 5 year career in science and since 1998 my experience working with youth and people outdoors has included leading multiweek wilderness expeditions, instructing primitive and survival skills, climbing, mountain biking, whitewater, surfing and canyoneering. I have worked extensively with youth contending with mental health, developmental and drug and alcohol diagnoses directly and and in clinical teams. My original academic training is in evolution and genetics and I am intensely interested in how the beings we have evolved to become, particular children, manage and adapt to the world that we/they have inherited and how this shows up in behaviours, choices and development generally. I have a young daughter and locally I mentor youth regularly. I also am on the board of a local trail-building organization and I get to design and build trails as well organize, train and supervise volunteers that I work alongside in Corvallis, OR, where I live.
Sheris Patten - Bend Area Programs Coordinator
Sheris, aka "SnowGoose", is a lifelong educator, wife and mom of two. She's been in love with the outdoors since her teenage years and this has lead to work with a wide variety of youth demographics including clinical and at risk populations, charter schools, homeschool groups and Montessori. Sheris has developed nature based programming and curriculum at various agencies where she has, among other things, obtained a National Geographic Teachers Certificate and Herbal First Aid Certificate. "When children show dedication to a challenge they're unstoppable and their positive characteristics shine like a beam of sunlight on a dreary day. My lifelong career is to instill confidence while making connections to the natural world, in hopes that children are likely to fight for, nurture and support our beautiful and wild earth."
Ingrid Gendreau - Instructor and Website/Media Development
Ingrid is a devoted mushroom identifier, forager, and cultivator who has led mushroom forays all across the cascades and coastal regions of Oregon.
In the outdoor classroom, she is an advocate for young people and their environment and steps in as an intermediary between the two. She uses inquiry-based learning to foster intrigue and build up cognitive skills as her students explore connections with the ecological systems they are inseparable from.
Ingrid is a disciple of the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. She gives thanks to her
forager peers in the Oregon Mycological Society for her mentoring in Mt. Hood, Willamette, Deschutes, Gifford Pinchot, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests - and from Portland State University, where she graduated with a biology degree and sustainability minor.
Daniel has spent most of his working life outside as an arborist, instructor, and builder. He started his path of learning outdoor skills at the Tracker School in New Jersery, and continues to be not only a student of these skills, but a student of life. His belief is that mastery can only be strived for, and strives to follow the example of his teachers that true mastery is the dedication to learning.
In the classroom he seeks to focus on what is not known, rather than what is; Daniel seeks to promote an environment of asking questions, rather than espousing knowledge with the hope that everyone has the opportunity to both teach and learn. He believes confidence comes through practice, and focuses on hand-on learning. His aim is to test theoretical knowledge in order to gain real knowledge through hands-on experience. In this way, the focus is learning at least as much through failure as is learned from success. Daniel is passionate about Archery, Bow-Making, and anything which brings one closer to Nature.
Randall Bonner grew up hunting and fishing in Alabama with his father, who guided hunters for whitetail deer. He is an award-winning author, with dozens of articles published in print magazines and newspapers, and hundreds of articles published online. An avid angler, hunter and forager, he enjoys providing for himself with what mother nature has to offer, as well as sharing his knowledge and skills with others.
Deckhanding on a charter boat in Depoe Bay kindled Randy's passion for working with families to create lifelong memories and he hopes to create the same experiences with Coyle Outside.
Austin grew up adventuring in Washington with a crew of his closest buddies - and he still does!
Austin has an affinity for traps and can often be seen teaching kids the traps he built in his adolescence. When he is working outdoors, he is excited to talk about fishing, plant identification, and fire-building. He has an earnest enthusiasm for both people and outdoor skills that he brings to his work with Coyle Outside.
Delaney grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and moved to Oregon two years ago. She has a BA in psychology and biology with additional coursework in education.
Delaney has worked with children with disabilities in both the classroom and the outdoors for more than 5 years. She is passionate about the environment and nature. In her free time she loves to surf, ride horses, mountain bike, and hike. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with animals.
Stephanie is originally from Oklahoma, and has been in Oregon for 9 years. She completed her degree in marine biology at Oregon State University 4 years ago. She loves camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking and just about anything outdoors.
Since graduation Stephanie has completed and internship at the Oklahoma City Zoo, and has worked for the Oregon Coast Aquarium for the last 3 years. She does interpretive, behind the scenes, education with kids of all ages. She is involved in research projects and taught ocean ecology camps with OMSI. Her passion is teaching kids about the oceans, our environment and nature. She loves seeing their faces light up when they connect with something they are interested in!
Reed Haller is an Illinois transplant and an avid hobbyist. From bouldering to embroidery, snowboarding to propagating plants- there aren’t many pastimes that she doesn’t enjoy. As a kid, Reed was instinctively curious of the world around her and developed an affinity for handiwork, community involvement, and spending time outdoors. In 2015, her teaching experience began while working for a bilingual learning center that taught English-speaking kids primarily in Spanish. Here, she got to experience fostering that same curiosity and confidence amongst the younger children.
Always having felt more at home in nature, she eventually fell in love with the biodiversity of the Northwest and its abundance of public land. She acquired a popup camper and moved to Oregon in 2019, alongside her australian cattle dog. Since then, Reed has been learning to identify local flora, fauna, and fungi; developing her green thumb; and hiking to her heart’s content.
Robbin has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and she spent most of her professional life working with special education programs, preschools, and early childcare. Besides working for Coyle Outside, Robbin also owns a daycare center in Corvallis.
Robbin and her husband moved to Corvallis more than 10 years ago and she is “Mom” to 4 young girls. While she was born and raised in SoCal, Willamette Valley is her heart’s home. She is passionate about her local ecology and her community. Most of herfree time is spent supporting her girls' school, Muddy Creek Charter School, volunteering with Willamette Riverkeeper, playing Ukulele, and hiking and kayaking with her family.
Gracie is a sophomore at Wellesley College studying Sociology who has been doing outdoor education with children since she was 16. Most notably she’s spent 3 years working as a ski instructor and a year working as a rock climbing instructor.
Gracie moved across the country from NYC area for this job because she is excited about the opportunity to foster growth of children in outdoor education and exploration. She believes that with enough space and love every kid has great things ahead of them and is hopeful that she can help be a part of that for them this summer!
Abby is originally from Boston, Ma - the beautiful Pacific Northwest is her 'found' home!
Abby loves getting outside and exploring, and she has an Environmental Education degree from Western Washington University. She has many years of joyful experience leading youth in the outdoors. When she is not teaching, Abby enjoys hiking, camping, bowling, and hanging out with her two cats, Squash and Smokey.
Out of Portland by way of Austin, Texas, Ryan has been a teacher at some level in just about every role he has performed as a professional. From the formal public school bilingual classrooms of Texas to projects in Guatemala and Cuba, Ryan has worked as an educator. In Austin and Cuba, Ryan taught tourists and students where they were and how to be as a tour operator and guide. All along the way he cultivated a deep connection to nature and honed his survival skills. He is happy and grateful to be able to share his knowledge with his students!
Beth Barclay - "Nomad"
Beth is an energetic, outdoor loving 32 year old who is so excited to be hanging out with your child this summer! She has been watching children off and on for over ten years as a sitter, live-in and live-out nanny, and camp counselor for both high school age children and younger with other outdoor camps. Beth has had a passion for children for as long as she can remember. Her ultimate goal down the road is to own her daycare for low-income families and single parents. She is an Oregon native though she has earned the title of Nomad from friends and family since she loves moving around and exploring new places. Beth grew up on a ten-acre farm without a television or computer and instead entertained herself with her imagination, climbing trees, fire building, making forts, being an avid reader, archery as per her father's instruction, and a host of other skills that she still uses today. Her hope is that she can teach a few of these skills to the children she is with and instills a love of play, adventure and a lust for life. Bring on the fun!
Bethany is a vibrant young female from Southeast Colorado. She earned a bachelors in Environmental Sustainability from University of Northern Colorado in 2015 and never passes up an opportunity to self-educate. Some of her ventures this year include constructing an earthship shelter and visiting Raisin Bred Alpaca farm for Earth day!
When she is not out exploring our beautiful Earth, she can be found at home with her partner Andy and her pup Dexter. The three of them enjoy hiking, working in their container garden and climbing up the occasional tree. Bethany finds that there are so many wondrous aspects of this world, and she is thrilled to enchant the young minds of falling in love with our planet as she has.
Jessie Krebs (SERE Training School)
Jessie spent four years as an Air Force Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion Instructor. One of less than 10 women in a group of over 250 elite instructors teaching Navy Seals, Army Rangers and many other military in the arts of survival. She spent 11 years working with at risk teens in the Wilderness where she further honed both her people and wilderness skills. Jessie is a committed and passionate teacher who truly lives to pass on her knowledge. She runs her own school in Colorado and is a special guest instructor with Coyle Outside. ANY chance you get to take a class with Jessie is not to be missed.
Andy hails from the midwest and has studied Primitive Skills, Natural Building (in Ecuador and Oregon), animal processing and hunting, Canoeing Expeditions in the Hudson and Boundary Waters, Backpacking the Continental Divide Trail and Fly Fishing in Remote Alaska. This spring he will take part in a one month Primitive Living Skills Immersion Course in Washington. Andy graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Design degree. He has a passion for teaching youth that comes from his own camp experiences as an adolescent. Andy is the only straight laced feral person I know!