Youth School

Ages 7 to 13

Linne Doran: Duvall, WA

Cost is for Wednesday OR Thursday

9am – 3pm
Wednesdays: 9/15/21- 5/25/22
and Thursdays: 9/16/21 – 5/26/22

“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

“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

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Wilderness Awareness Youth School is a weekly nature program for children. Students can register for one or both days. Note that the cost listed is per program day.

Wednesday Option

Village Day: Ages 7-12

Thursday Options

Foxes: Age 7-9
Coyotes: Age 10-13

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 student-to-instructor ratio. Students gain nature awareness and knowledge of plants, mammals, birds, tracking and survival. During the year there are field trips and guest instructors in various topics. 

The Village Program (Wednesday) is for 7-12 year-olds. At this program, students spend more time in interest-based groups. We have a wide variety of curriculum and students will have a hand in creating what they do each week. Most parents choose between Wednesday and Thursday Youth School options based on what best fits their schedule. Some families sign up for both days since each program is unique and offers something different. Village offers a much wider age range which creates a unique environment for adventuring and exploring.

Thursday is broken up by age: Foxes is for 7-9 year-olds and Coyotes is for 10-13 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 play 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 our widely-respected educational philosophy, we encourage creative thinking rather than simply providing answers. Our goal is to help students develop problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency, fostering a deeper level of learning and connection.

Our instructional staff includes:

  • Experienced instructors
  • Apprentices who offer additional instructor support
  • A targeted 1:10 adult to student ratio
  • 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

Read this story about the positive transformation that Finn, one of our Youth School students, experienced recently.

Meet Your Instructors


Manon McPeters
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Jesse Phillips
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