Earth Skills Alliance
COYOTE CONFERENCE 2023
A Gathering of Earth Skills Educators
When: March 3rd - 5th, 2023
Where: Shady Creek Outdoor School, Nevada City, CA
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Yip, yip, come one, come all...let’s circle up to create a strong community for the sake of keeping children connected to the outdoors. Join nature educators of all levels to enhance your skills and discuss important topics concerning our work. This 3 day, 2 night gathering will include hands-on workshops, skill shares, presentations by expert speakers and plenty of time for networking.
This is a conference for youth educators in the Earth Skills-Wilderness Survival / Nature Connection Field. All Instructional staff and directors of Nature Connection Organizations* are welcome.
It's more important than ever for us to become a resilient community of nature educators together
*This conference is open to all individuals who are interested in connecting children to
nature. For most of the educational organizations that are involved, curriculum is
based on knowing the elements of shelter, water, fire and food, and how to form a solid
relationship with the earth.
12pm, Fri, March 3rd - 3pm, Sun, March 5th, 2023
The conference will offer:
“Council Meetings” and special guests that will offer talks to inspire us all
Open Space Time - participants are invited to share their wisdom and skills during the open space portions of the conference. During this time everyone can offer to teach about their topics of expertise or call together smaller circles on discussion topics of choice.
Mentoring and teaching skills
Tracking, trailing and animal sign
Best practices and standards for our work
Stealth and awareness
Sit spot techniques for kids
Teaching carving to kids
Working with children who have social and emotional challenges
Essentials of child development
Games, songs and stories
Gender and diversity
Hazards and Safety best practices
And much more.
12:00-2:00pm Arrival, set up
2:00-3:00pm Opening Circle and Opening Words with Don Ryberg
3:00-5:00pm Choice of: 1. Games share 2. Building curiosity tracking and getting to know our place wonder 3. Open choice
6-7am Sunrise ceremony
7-8am Sit Area and debrief
9-9:15 am Morning Circle-Intro to Days Topics
9:15-10:15 Panel-Teaching Earth Skills to Kids-Directors of Earth Skills programs
10:30-12 Choice of: 1. Teaching tracking to kids, 2. Business and Risk Management for Wilderness Schools, 3. Cyber tracker, track cameras and tracking apps
1-2:30 Choice of: 1. Awareness and Games 2.Inclusion-working with neurodiverse and socially emotionally challenged children-facilitated share 3. Knife skills and projects for kids 4. Open for topic addition
2:30-4 Choice of: 1. Wilderness survival for kids 2. Early childhood techniques share 3. Tending the wild and fire ecology for kids 4. Open for topic addition
4-5:30 Choice of: 1. Skills projects and nature based crafts share 2.Open networking or meeting time
6:30-7 Fire making for kids share
7-9 Evening circle, campfire games, stargazing wisdom, desserts on the fire, night games, sharing of nature connection stories
6-7am Sunrise ceremony
7-8am Bird sit and debrief, bird sits for kids
9-9:15am Morning Circle-Intro to Days Topics
9:15-10:15 Panel on indigenous partnerships with Rick Berry (4EEE Director), Don Ryberg (Tribal Chairman), Juan and Jennifer Villareal and others
10:30-12 Choice of: 1. Wild edibles and natural dyes for kids 2.Diversifying programs share 3. Motivation and psyche techniques share 4. Open for topic addition
1-1:30- Showcasing your program tables and networking time
1:30-3 Closing circle and debrief share
*optional Sunday after conference
4pm Tour of Burton 4EEE/ Pata Panka site
*please let us know if you are interested
The price of the ticket includes simple, healthy meals and simple accommodations. Participants can choose to either camp or stay in a shared cabin.
We seek to limit barriers to access for all people and offer scholarships upon request
Individual Rates: choose your rate based on your own assesment of what is fair for your situation. Rate B is the true price. Rate A subsidizes Rate C. Rate C is a reduced subsidized rate for those who need it.
Rate A: $500
Rate B: $400
Rate C: $300
You can purchase 5 tickets for your group for $1350.
Want to sponsor the conference?
For $200 you can have your school's or organizations logo added to this website and conference materials as a sponsor. You can also have a table at the event. This is also a way for you to support this important gathering even if you can not make it in person. This donation is also tax deductible via our 501c(3) status.
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Please note: you will receive communications via email about the event - such as further event details and the opportunity to submit dietary restrictions. After purchasing tickets, you do not need to print tickets/receipts - your name will be on a list at the conference.