COYOTE CONFERENCE 2023
A Gathering of Earth Skills Educators
When: March 3rd - 5th, 2023
Where: Shady Creek Outdoor School, Nevada City, CA
REGISTRATION CLOSES FEB 10th - SIGN UP TODAY
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.
Speakers & Featured Topics:
We will keep adding to this list as topics are confirmed. Contact us if you would like to offer a topic
Being Accountable to the Caretaking Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples.
4E, Rick Berry-Don Ryberg, Juan Villarreal, (Kawisente MCGregor)
Partnerships with Tribes/ First Nations.
Part 1- 4E and the Tsi-Akim Maidu- 13 years of collaborations, Youth Education on the Pata Panaka Village Site
How we have evolved to being Sanctioned by the Tribe to Teach youth Traditional Ecological Knowledge, thus being accountable to the Tribe
Part 2 - 4E/COTEF and Juan Villarreal -- 17 years of working together. Working with Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas to evolve our accountability to the teachings passed down through Tracker School.
(Possible) Part 3 - Coyote Programs with Kawisente of Kahnawake and Steve Leckman
(Possible) Part 4 - Lawrence Laughing-- Round Dance
Tom Brown lll
Matt Nelson - Tracking
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.