Dates: July 23 - Aug. 1, 2018

Location: CT Wilderness Campus

Cost: $75 per household, to cover sanitation, propane, etc.

Who: Any former staff ages 14+, or graduates of our Fox Trail ages 16+. **Each person please register through the website. We may require a follow-up application.** -- A welcome letter will be sent following your completed registration with details about the gathering.

 

Join us for 10 fun-filled days on the “Mountain” to live in community with each other as Coyote Trails evolves into the next iteration of “Earth Living.”  We will be giving back to Earth Teach Forest Park by caretaking for Pete Cotton in thanks for the 16+ years of Coyote Trails programs upon the mountain. Each member of the tribe will be responsible for their portion of community food & help with community chores, as we are each responsible for our Self. 

You are responsible for attaining your own transportation to/from “the mountain.”

(Lodging and meals will not be provided. A list of local restaurants & hotels will be provided to you upon registration.) **Please arrive 15 minutes early on the first day of class**

Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel in the outdoors. Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" In this course, you'll learn how to prepare for the unexpected.

In just two days, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals in remote locations. NOLS Wilderness Medicine's course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies. This course does not include CPR.

Upon completion of the program, you will be nationally recognized as certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) from NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Please dress accordingly and bring a waterbottle.  

Age: 16+
Date: May 5-6, 2018 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time: 8am-5pm
Fee: $225
Location: Coyote Trails Nature Center (click here for directions)
Instruction by: NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructors
Pre-requisite: None required.

Ages: 7-70+

Mobility and stealth exercises will help you tap into your inner ninja. Did someone say "peaceful warrior"?

Tuition: $20
Date: March 18, 2018
Time: 1-3pm
Location: CT Nature Center (directions here)

Cancellation Policy: Notification of cancellation needs to be received four (4) days prior to the day of your class in order to receive a full refund minus a $10 processing fee per transaction. No refunds are issued if cancellation occurs within four (4) days of your class.

Ages: 8-Adult

Embark on the amazing journey of wild, Rogue River Steelhead! Unravel the mystery of this incredible native fish from life in a small tributary stream, into the Rogue River, the Pacific Ocean, and back. Spawning Steelhead beat tall odds and travel over 100 miles upriver to reach their natal stream in the Rogue Valley!

Local guest instructor: Jim Andras -- a professional fly fishing guide with over 10 years of experience on the Rogue River. He is an advocate for wild Steelhead. 

Tuition: $5
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time: 10-11:30am
Location: CT Nature Center (directions here

Ages: 10-Adult

Want to provide a safe place for wild monarch caterpillars to grow and be re-released into the wild? This informative workshop will include: milkweed sources, enclosure selection, handling caterpillars, chrysalis issues, predators, parasites and disease, cleaning vs. sterilizing, when to euthanize and how to do it.

Local guest instructor: Robert Coffan

Tuition: $10
Date: Saturday, March 10
Time: 1:00-3:30pm
Location: CT Nature Center (directions here)

(Lodging and meals will not be provided. A list of local restaurants & hotels will be provided to you upon registration.) **Please arrive 15 minutes early on the first day of class**

Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel in the outdoors. Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" In this course, you'll learn how to prepare for the unexpected.

In just two days, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals in remote locations. NOLS Wilderness Medicine's course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies. This course does not include CPR.

Upon completion of the program, you will be nationally recognized as certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) from NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Please dress accordingly and bring a waterbottle.  

 

Age: 16+
Date: February 17-18, 2018 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time: 8am-5pm
Fee: $225
Location: Coyote Trails Nature Center (click here for directions)
Instruction by: NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructors
Pre-requisite: None required.

*Students will be required to sign a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Agreement (including Assumption of Risks and Agreements of Release and Indemnity), as well as Coyote Trails paperwork following online registration.

Cancellation Policy: In the case of cancellation or withdrawal from this course greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course starting date, $35.00 will be retained for administration fees. In the case of cancellation or withdrawal within 30 days of the course start date and once the course has begun, tuition is completely non-refundable.

Dates: July 13-20, 2018
Location: Coyote Trails Wilderness Campus, in the mountains of Ashland, Oregon
Time: 4pm on the 13th through Noon on the 20th
Price: $195 deposit then Donations to cover *expenses (*see below) -- Suggested total of $675
 
Thanks for your interest in the Wilderness Vision Quest July 13-20, 2018. In order to complete your application, we ask you to:
1. Register here online and-
2. Download the application forms and return them to the Coyote Trails Office.
Most Importantly:
3. Write a brief letter about yourself and your reasons for wanting to Quest at this point in your life. Please include a recent photo of yourself, head and shoulders. (The photo and letter are to gather the energy around the specific group that is attending this program).
 
This program is 8 days. Before Questing, we help you prepare and we provide the structure and support you will need. We also provide protection from outside distractions or interruptions. After the Quest, we provide you with the tools to help process and understand the gifts and insights you have received, so that your spiritual expansion has an easier opportunity to be integrated into your daily life.
 
The Vision Quest is a challenging and powerful opportunity for growth, regardless of your background or belief system. It is free of any dogma or religious affiliation. The only requirement is a commitment to yourself, your spiritual growth, and a willingness to be transformed. Prior outdoor experience is not required, and past participants in this rite of passage have ranged in age from 15 to 73. Please call to discuss any questions or concerns about dietary or medical needs.
 
You will need camping gear for base camp during the days you are not Questing. A complete list of items to bring and all the logistics will be included in your acceptance letter. We provide all of the meals during the 4 days you are not Questing, and we provide all water used during the Quest.
 
* We do request a donation. This donation is not payment for the Quest teachings, but covers the many expenses incurred in running this program, such as meals for the 4 days you are not Questing, land use, supplies, toilet rentals, insurance, etc. -- this donation enables us to continue to offer this program to those who feel called to it. No one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. Your donations are gratefully appreciated and assist us in furthering Vision for others. 

Ages: 16+

ohio bowThis bow class will take the student on a journey of basic to intermediate Self Bow making. Bow wood selection and collection will be discussed and applied during the making of their first bow, made from a sapling or limb. Once this bow is completed, students will move into carving a bow from a stave of hardwood. Students will get hands-on experience with string making as well as coaching for accurate arrow placement. With the amount of information and hands-on training to be covered, this class will be delivered over two consecutive weekends.

Over 30 hours of class time and 8 meals are included. Materials to be provided include wood for both bows, string material, leather shooting tab, and bow paste. Tooling provided for student use include a draw bench, handsaw, spoke shave, rasp, scraper and sandpaper. Students will need to bring their own hand carving tools for detailed work.  A sharp pocket knife or a Mora style knife can suffice. Arrows will be available to practice shooting once bows are complete.  Individual instruction will be provided.

Class size is limited to six students so careful individual teaching and instruction can take place. Some pre-class preparation (reading) is needed to maximize the value of instruction time and information will be sent out to students upon registration.

This class occurs over two consecutive weekends:

  • September 23, 8am-6pm (lunch and dinner included)  
  • September 24, 8am-2pm  (lunch included)
  • September 30, 8am-6pm  (lunch and dinner included)
  • October 1, 8am-2pm  (lunch included)

Tuition:  $350 (includes meals listed above)

Location:  Pataskala, Ohio (details provided upon registration)

Instructor: Cal Reed, Coyote Trails Instructor

Deadline to signup - Friday September 22
If you sign up by Sept 1, get a $25 discount!

Ages: 18+

emma hide smallJoin us at our semi-primitive camp in beautiful Southern Oregon, learning the art and science of transforming a deer skin into durable, soft, smoked buckskin.  Engage hands-on in a wet-scrape braintan buckskin process that honors the animal using a mix of primitive and simple modern tools to create a completely natural, compostable fabric that can be used for a variety of projects including clothing, moccasins, bags, quivers or anything else you would use store bought leather for.  This weekend will cover everything from acquiring deer skins to smoking the softened hide and everything in-between.

All tools and materials provided.  Camping & meals included (*Bring your own lunch for the first day only). Please enter your dietary needs in the "comments" section of the online registration. You will partner with another student on one hide so as to learn completely without burning yourself out, as this is a labor intensive process!  Days will be filled with hands-on learning while evenings will be time for relaxing around the campfire.  You will take home half of the hide you process along with the knowledge and “dirt-time” to continue on your own.

1000343 739952362656 1156722196 nDate & Time:  Friday 9/29 at 10:30am through Sunday 10/1/17 at 5:00pm. 

Tuition: $275/student, camping & meals included -- (Receive $25 off if you register before Sept. 1)

Location: Coyote Trails Wilderness Campus outside of Ashland, OR (details provided upon registration)

Program Instructor: Howard Holt
Assistant Instructor: Hannah Schiestel
Cook: Kjersti Burck

This is an overnight class, limited to 12 students.

What to Bring: Lunch for first day only; Personal snacks; Sheathed knife or folding knife with locking blade; water bottle; notebook/pens. You may request an overnight packing list using the "comments" section of the online registration. 

Deadline to signup - Friday September 8
If you sign up by Sept 1, get a $50 discount!

Ages: 18+

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Join us in creating your very own self bow from a hickory tree stave.  In five days, you will craft your stave into a shooting bow with your own two hands.  In this class you will learn wood selection, harvesting, wood drying, bow dimension and design, shaping, tillering, making your bowstring, shooting and caring for your bow. 

This is an overnight class, limited to 6 students in order to provide individual instruction. All tools and materials provided.

IMG 4794Date: September 19-24, 2017 
(overnight class)

Timing: Arrive Tuesday, September 19th at 4pm. Class ends at 4pm on Sunday, September 24, 2017. 

Tuition: $500 (sign-up before Sept. 1 and get $50 off)

Location: Yale Creek Farm in the Little Applegate, Oregon

Instructor:  Howard Holt – Coyote Trails Instructor
Assistant Instructor: Hannah Schiestel
Cook: Kjersti Burck

Camping provided. Please bring your own tent and camping gear and appropriate clothing for the season in Southern Oregon (suggested gear list can be sent by request upon registration). 

IMG 4828Meals provided from Wednesday breakfast through Sunday lunch (please include any dietary needs in the "comments" section of the online registration). We will have a potluck dinner the night of registration. Please bring your own snacks. 

Yale Creek Farm is 40 acres in the Little Applegate in Oregon. We have modern bathroom facilities as well as compost toilets. 

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, VISIT THE KS WILD EVENT PAGE!

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Ages: 10-Adult

Location: TBD depending on weather conditions (Grizzley Peak vicinity)

Tap into your wildlife connections and learn about local fauna. Coyote Trails is happy to announce this collaboration with KS Wild:

Our director, Joe Kreuzman is becoming well known around the Rogue Valley for his expertise as a Tracker. He will lead a hike to learn to read signs of wildlife, what it tells us about their travels and behavior, and the implications for our local, interconnected landscape.

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Be prepared for off-trail travel on uneven terrain, ages 10+ are welcome. Wear layers, bring water and snacks, and sturdy footwear. 

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time: 9am carpool from KS Wild (Ashland) - returning by 1pm

Space is limited, sign up today at the KS Wild event page!

The Caretaker Hybrid 2018 program is an 8-month immersion program that will cover all 4 seasons or cycles of living within a given calendar year, yet it stretches beyond this concept. The hybrid will not waste time covering what you can read a good field guide on and learn yourself. There are so many great skills guides and videos that have been produced over the last century that with the proper passion, one can teach themselves how to make most any skill come alive.  

What this hybrid is all about is identifying and removing the blocks that keep a person from achieving the above. It focuses on what one cannot learn in a book or video. Once these blocks or walls are removed, a person is free to become lifelong learners, but more importantly, to become lifelong educators who drive away the ignorance of narrow-mindedness and the narrow, self-limiting blockages that keep one from expanding at limitless rates. This program facilitates how to thrive, as well as adopting the mentality of the caretaker; to inherently become stewards of the earth, community, and self.

This will be a challenging program. It begins in February. It will require a depth of passion. Yes, physical primitive skills will be taught, but that is not the primary focus. Again the primary focus is on what stands in your way to achieve success as you define it, then removing your own identity with any self-limiting definitions. All "Trails" will be visited over the course of the 8 moons. Building and living in a shelter is not required, you can live in whatever you like during this time. There will be an opportunity for a 15 day Wander Quest in the sanctity of Wilderness, depending on the passion and readiness of the group.

Joe Kreuzman (Director and Founder of Coyote Trails School of Nature) is the primary instructor for this program, with guest instructors joining throughout the program.

Application: Contact us at 541.772.1390 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. Space is limited to 10 individuals. You may register online here, but this does not guarantee your acceptance into this program -- you must send in a completed Caretaker Application & be accepted to be a participant of this program.

Ages: 18+ (or 16+ if you have interned with us).

Dates: February 1st, 2018 through October 1st, 2018 (see Schedule below). Participants must commit to entire program.

Cost: $10,000 tuition (Deposit of $1,000 to complete registration)

Early Bird Discount: $8,000 tuition if you register, apply, and pay in full before October 2017

Location: Coyote Trails Wilderness Campus, in the mountains outside of Ashland, Oregon

Schedule:

  • Arrive at camp Feb 1, 2018 until June 1, 2018.

  • Spring break from June 1-8, 2018.

  • Resume in camp June 9th to begin preparations for our Summer season (Summer will be time to put to use what you have learned, in a teaching capacity, based upon experience).

  • Program will conclude with an opportunity to participate in a "Solo Rite of Passage Quest," (exact dates TBD).

  • Depart: October 1, 2018

Suggested gear list will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

 

Please apply by February 1st, 2015 in order to be considered for a Summer 2015 staff position. 

Click here to inquire about an application for either: Intern, Instructor-in-Training, Instructor, or Kitchen Crew. If you are interested in volunteering for a class which you have already taken with us, also use the "contact us" page.

We will begin Sunday, June 14th at 9am, so plan to get set up on the mountain on the afternoon of June 13th. 

See you on the Trail!