Nature Instructor Training

For Adults

Linne Doran: Duvall, WA


September 2021 – June 2022

Registration Information

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Registration for our 2020-2021 session is now closed. Enrollment for 2021-2022 will open in February.

Develop yourself as a Nature Instructor while working with some of the most skilled and experienced staff in the industry. Benefit from their years of experience as you learn to facilitate using the Coyote Mentoring approach to nature connection. This program is designed for people who have been actively working on their own nature connection journey and are now ready to step into leadership and support others on their own path.

Coyote Mentoring was developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School over 25 years ago and has become the gold standard in connecting people of all ages to the natural world, community, and self. This unique methodology utilizes a number of teaching styles that mimic how people naturally learn. The end result is something of an “invisible school” where students experience focused, playful engagement without even realizing how much they’re learning.

A highly recommended add-on to this training program is working for our award winning summer camps as a paid Summer Instructor. You can work the summer before, after, or both. This gives you even more field time to practice and develop your skills.

Whether you are interested in becoming a Nature Instructor or not, the skills and experience gained will serve you no matter where your path leads. Graduates have gone on to gain full-time employment with some of the most respected nature connection schools in the world (including Wilderness Awareness School). Many graduates have also started their own nature schools.

Our program is broken into 2 separate tracks depending on the age group you are interested in working with: Youth or Adult.

Youth Instructor Training

Assistant Instruct for 1 to 3 of our school-year Youth Programs.

  • 3 day training intensive to kick off the year
  • Attend Youth Assistant Instructor Training Sessions  (2 Mondays per month, 3 hours each)
  • Attend weekly planning meetings: 1.5 hours per program(s) you assist on, each Tuesday
  • Attend all class days as an Assistant Instructor. Depending on the program, there may be additional field trips and overnights. (Average of 8 hours per class day per program you assist on)
  • Regular check-ins with your training mentor

Adult Instructor Training

Assistant Instruct for the Anake Outdoor School adult immersion.
Prerequisite: completion of Anake Outdoor School or similar experience

  • 3 day training intensive to kick off the year
  • Attend weekly planning meetings (Approximately 6 hours each Monday)
  • Attend 1 to 3 class days per week as an Assistant Instructor, as well as all 9 expeditions and week long intensives
  • Regular check-ins with your training mentor
  • Optional opportunities to assist on Adult Weekend Programs and Nature Clubs.

Both Programs will train you in:

  • Facilitation using the principles of the Coyote Mentoring philosophy
  • How to effectively teach nature connection skills, survival, bushcraft, naturalist trainings, bird language, and more
  • Risk assessment
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion work to create and tend to a welcoming space for students and coworkers
  • Supporting students’ behavioral and interpersonal needs
  • Observing and responding to group dynamics
  • Working powerfully with a teaching team
  • Facilitating rites of passage experiences