Van transport from town of Duvall
|9:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|September 12th, 2018 - May 22nd, 2019|
My kids love the overall experience. I know the experience they are having is something that isn't always quantifiable but I can see it in ways that amaze me, in their confidence, their inner growth and in the strong curiosity, kindness and care they show for all of life.
Mother of 9 and 10 year old students - Youth School
My child felt important and knew he was part of something much bigger than himself. He belonged, yet continued to flourish as himself. His confidence grew immensely.
Mother of 8 year old student - Youth School
NOTE: Fall 2018 Registration now open. Coyotes and Village now have a cap age of 11. Twelve year olds are able to attend Community School.
Wilderness Awareness Youth School is a weekly nature course for children. Programs are split into two age groups and students can come for one or both days:
Village Day: Ages 7-11
Foxes: Age 7-9
Coyotes: Age 10-11
While Youth School was designed to meet the needs of homeschooled children, it is open to any child with an interest in nature. Through creative play and exploration, students work together in small groups with a low instructor-to-student ratio. Students gain nature awareness and knowledge of plants, mammals, birds, tracking and survival. During the year there are field trips, optional overnight experiences, and guest instructors in various topics.
The Village Day (Wednesday) is a mixed age group. During this new program, students will spend more time in interest-based groups. We have a wide variety of curriculum and students will have a hand in creating what they will be doing each week. Thursday is broken up by age: Foxes is for 7-9 year-olds and Coyotes is for 10-11 year-olds.
Students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in both days of class as the curriculum will be unique for Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Our educational philosophy focuses on:
- Creating a safe environment in which children can plan and explore their world
- Providing fun, hands-on opportunities for children to learn
- Adaptability so that the programs match the energy of the group during a particular session
- Encouraging students to identify their unique gifts and passions, and to explore them with confidence
- Mentoring delivered by instructors with experience working with children in this age group
- Using Coyote Mentoring, a widely-respected educational philosophy developed at the Wilderness Awareness School, to encourage creative thinking rather than providing answers, help students develop problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency, and encourage a much deeper level of learning.
Our instructional staff includes:
- Experienced instructors
- Apprentices who offer additional instructor support
- A target staff ratio of 1 staff per 4 or 5 students, including 1 staff instructor and 1 apprentice instructor per 8-10 students
- Staff trained as Coyote Mentors
- Compassionate educators who encourage each child's respect for self, others and nature
- Experienced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified professionals