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Programs for Toddlers
Willamette Park Rotary Shelter
9am-12pm | Ages 2-5
Designed as a drop off/pick up program with some exceptions for younger participants or appropriate circumstances.
Min 4 participants with 2 instructors.
Early childhood is a short period of time that impacts the entire lifespan. By age 6, 90% of 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.
Tuesdays at Coyle Outside
3-5:30pm | Ages 6-11
Want to learn the ins and outs of animal habitat, identification, and tracking? Join us to build community with fellow participants and sharpen your tracking skills! Class begins with group discussion, skill share, and animal ID games and memorization. Then we explore our natural surroundings to track, locate, and ID local animal species from birds to large mammals.
Lead instructor True "The Crow" is passionate about animal science and marine biology. He is the perfect instructor and mentor to learn the ins and outs of the ways of animals, and how to interact/observe respectfully, safely, and successfully. In his spare time, he cleans shark tanks at the aquarium and plays the guitar.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
3:15-5:30pm | Ages 7-11
Join an outdoor adventure crew to build team and wilderness skills!
Coyle Outside instructors will guide participants in this 100% all outdoors program through a variety of outdoor lessons, craft projects and experiments. We'll build forts in the woods, make a fire and roast marshmallows, create maps of the park, build miniature boats of natural materials, play survival games like camouflage and learn to safely use a variety of tools. Skills gained will include tracking, navigation, cordage and knots, fire/shelter building as well as practicing leadership and teamwork.
Fridays at Coyle Outside
3-6:30pm | Ages 9-14
9am-2pm | Ages 7-12
This program is designed for families looking for a nature based, experiential approach to education. We will meet or field trip to various sites while following a week to week curriculum of skills based lessons and explorations. Borrowing from the Coyle Outside Outdoor School Curriculum participants will, for example, learn about Geography through learning Navigation, study native Fauna through Tracking, Physics and Engineering through survival traps, Aquatic Ecology through Fishing, and introduction to Chemistry through Fire building, Plant Anatomy through knifecraft, Meteorology and Habitat through Shelter building etc.. Students will have time to explore and play, build relationships, learn to solve problems, communicate, lead and follow more effectively.
9 AM - 3 PM | Ages 8-12
Join us for full days of learning survival skills and practicing them in survival scenarios! Skills taught/practiced will include shelters, fire safety/building, knife safety, tracking, foraging, teamwork, traps, orienteering, cordage/knots and primitive skills. Specific skills and curriculum will depend on instructor and student preference.
Goal of camp, besides having fun, is to build initiative, self-control and judgement skills while connecting with the natural world. Campers will play survival-themed games based on real-life survival scenarios. The week ends with an exciting final scenario and a certificate of achievement. No prerequisites. Wear weather-appropriate clothing as camp is all outdoors. Bring snacks and lunch.