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Spring 2024

Toddler and Youth Programs

Toddler Programs

Forest Gang Mon.

Forest Gang Wed.

Forest Gang Fri.

Willamette Park Rotary Shelter

Apr8-Jun14 | Ages 2.5-5

We will be spending time playing, discovering new interpersonal skills, developing our imagination and physical capacities as well as exploring nature while we make new friends. Unstructured nature play is the name of the game here. We will explore the themes of art, survival, awareness and adventure while learning about relationships and the natural world. There is no more critical of a socioemotional developmental period and opportunity for youth at this age. Being outside sharing space and activity with peers of differing ages provides significant stimulation and developmental experiences.

 

Based on theories and practices associated with the Forest School movement to books like "Last Child in the Woods," we refer to our group euphemistically as "gang" in order to emphasize interdependence and promote an environment of socialization.

 

This program is for ages 2.5 to 5. With exceptions, minimum group size is 4 with 2 instructors. This is designed as a drop off/pick up program and exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis, in the interest of orienting new participants. Participants should be fully potty trained.

Mondays   9am-12:30pm​

Wednesdays   9am-12:30pm

Fridays   9am-12:30pm

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Youth Afterschool Programs

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Outsiders Afterschool Mondays

Willamette Park Rotary Shelter

Apr8-Jun10 | Ages 7-11

Join a weekly 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.

Mondays   3:15pm-6:00pm

Spring Ashbrook Tuesdays

Willamette Park Rotary Shelter

Apr9-Jun11 | Ages 7-12

Join us Tuesdays after school this spring to dive deep into nature's seasonal offerings!

Instructors pick up from Ashbrook on Tuesdays at 3pm and parents pick up from Willamette Park at 6pm.

Spring season focuses on foraging and plant ID, tracking/animal ID, cordage, plant/wood collection/processing, knife skills, fire starting
and tending in spring, natural and tarp shelters to utilize as the days get warmer, and navigation (natural & compass).

This term will include monthly field trips to new locations and both learning new skills and developing skills learned in previous classes. Beginners and repeat attendees welcome!

Tuesdays   3:00pm-6:00pm

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Spring Waldorf Outsiders

Willamette Park Rotary Shelter

Apr8-Jun10 | Ages 7-11

Early release Mondays go exploring this spring! Willamette Park is homebase with a monthly field trip to a new location.

Instructors follow nature's lead and focus on skills pertinent to the season. This season the focus is on foraging, plant/animal ID, tracking, trapping, plant/wood harvesting/processing, knife safety/skills, cordage, fire starting and tending in spring, and natural and tarp shelters to utilize as the days become warmer.

Note: transportation/pick up from CWS is provided. You will need to pick your child up at Willamette Park at 5:00 pm once the program is over.

Mondays   2:00pm-5:00pm

Toddler Progams
Youth Programs

Archery Scout

EE Wilson Archery Range

Apr11-Jun13 | Ages 8-12

Led by experienced instructors, this weekly offering takes participants through the progression of target shooting and familiarizes them with gear, safety and technique.

Participants will practice all aspects of archery and work on target shooting, moving targets, shooting while concealed and from high angles. We will practice with traditional recurve and compound bows. All equipment is provided. Instructor will go over how to build arrows and survival bows as well as how to string bows.

Thursdays   3:15pm-6:00pm

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Franklin Spring 3rd Grade*PRIVATE*

Franklin Spring 5th Grade*PRIVATE*

Willamette Park Rotary Shelter

Apr5-Jun7 | Ages 7-12

 

Early Dismissal Fridays join an outdoor adventure crew to build team and wilderness skills! We pick up in our van near Franklin Elementary at dismissal and head out on field trips each day, ending at Willamette Park Rotary Shelter for Pick Up or at sites TBA depending on the day's destination. No class April 19- no school day.

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, 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. There will be craft/projects kids work on throughout the term, as well as take home projects for the kids to work on.

There will be a show & tell portion the final half hour of the program parents are invited to attend and observe what their kids have been working on all term!

****This program is not affiliated with Franklin Elementary, drop off is not on school premises. ****

Fridays   1:30pm-4:30pm

Youth School's Out Programs

Spring Break Survivors Camp

Willamette Park Rotary Shelter, then location may vary

Mar25-Mar29 | Ages 7-11

Join us for five 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 judgment 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.

 Monday-Friday    9:00am-4:00pm

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Youth Homeschool Programs

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Wilderschool Mondays Spring

Willamette Park Rotary Shelter

Apr8-Jun10 | Ages 6-13

This program is designed for families looking for a nature based, experiential approach to education. We will meet at Willamette Park with a monthly field trip to explore new environments.

Utilizing Coyle Outside's Outdoor School Curriculum, participants will learn about science through natural exploration and survival skills lessons. Each season is customized to specific skills and nature's offerings of the season. Spring will focus on foraging, plant ID, animal ID, tracking, trapping, fire starting in spring, wood/plant processing, knife skills, navigation, and shelter building for the season.

Students will have time to explore and play, build relationships, learn to solve problems, communicate, lead and follow more effectively.

 

 Mondays   9:00am-2:00pm

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