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     The Coyote Youth Mentorship Program is a naturalist and nature awareness program for home schooled children ages 5-12 in Boiling Springs, PA. 

Coyote Youth Mentorship Program

What is Coyote Mentoring?

"Coyote teaches us to straddle the edge between "two worlds"- the ancient, primitive world of wilderness and instinct, and the modern, civilized world of science and technology." - Jon Young


     Coyote Mentoring is based on Jon Young and his teacher Tom Brown Jr’s philosophy on how to increase awareness, empathy, and connection to nature. There are several “Core Routines” or learning habits including Sit Spot, Story of the Day, Expanding the Senses, Questioning and Tracking, Animal Forms, Wandering, Mapping, Exploring Field Guides, Journaling, Mind’s Eye Imagining, Listening for Bird Language, and Thanksgiving.


     It is roughly 50% structured with 50% unstructured time; immersive learning with an emphasis on wonder and investigation, with the core routines being integrated mostly into the background of our time together so the child is free to be fully present.

     We will focus on building skills such as empathy, intrinsic movement, risk assessment, resilience, patience, confidence, nature literacy, and more through play-based learning centered around topics such as Botany and Plant Identification, Ecology, Tracking & Wildlife Sign, Knots, Navigation, Moving in Nature, Primitive Survival Skills, and Crafting. 

     The program takes place outdoors in all weather, with the exception of dangerous weather events. 

    Maximum class size is 9 children. COVID-19 policy.

There is still space in the children's program - ask about rolling admissions!

"By using Coyote as our guide, we learn both the scientific map and our landscape terrain. When we embrace fact with imagination, and combine logical evidence with intuition, we develop intellectual understanding through first-hand experience."

"Once there is a personal bond with some bit of the natural world, then (or simultaneously) we can introduce scientific names and tidbits of knowledge or skills because there will be a scaffold for the information to hang on. With even a shred of meaningful relationship present, the excited explorer becomes an inquisitive "vacuum," sucking in all the information he or she can find."

- Jon Young

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Youth Program

Ages 8 - 12

September 28th - May 24th

Mondays 1-4:30

Biweekly (16 sessions)


  • Full School Year: $560

  • Monthly: $70 per month

  • 5% off sibling discount



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Children's Program

Ages 5 - 7

October 6th - May 18th

Tuesdays 9:00-12:30

Biweekly (15 sessions)


  • Full School Year: $525

  • Monthly: $70 per month

  • 5% off sibling discount



Led by Jaybird Tignor- naturalist, tracker, craftsman, and wilderness first responder.

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Calyx Liddick is an herbalist, botanist, and wildcrafter. She was homeschooled from Kindergarten through graduation and is now homeschooling her own children.

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