Check out our school-year programs and summer camps for our youngest Earth stewards.
Farm & Forest
Coyote Kids for 5-8 year olds
Our programs for 3-6 year olds are place-based, nature immersion programs that nourish a child’s deep relationship between the natural world, themselves, and each other. We offer young children a learning community that engages the whole child, body and mind. In this way, children come to feel at home with their own inner nature and that of the earth. Our mentors offer compassionate care and guidance, as they celebrate each child’s unique gifts, foster their growing self-reliance, and cultivate community among these young earth stewards. Throughout the year, and flowing with the seasons, our curriculum offers explorations that are engaging, safe and fun. The land informs our explorations which draw from:
What Our Day Looks Like
Our programs for 3-6 year olds maintain a low child:mentor ratio with one instructor per 6 or 7 children. We also may be accompanied by teen or adult volunteers. Our day begins with nature-based games and outdoor activities/chores, with quiet options for children who prefer a gentle start to their day. Opening Circle follows and includes giving thanks, songs and movement. Storytelling and snack take place at our special fire circle, either in the woods or under shelter. The group then may set off for an adventure to explore the woodland trails or beaches, engage in a project, or experience a guided wandering. Games, awareness skills, improvisational play, movement, songs, scavenger hunts, journaling, and more help us to explore the theme of the day. As Nature is our first teacher, our day can often unfold in many unforeseen ways! Lunch happens on the trail or back at our fire circle. We conclude our day with Story of the Day, an opportunity to reflect upon our day and share through words, songs, movement or funny skits.
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Thank you to our partners who are helping us get more kids outside and connected with nature, community, and themselves!
Vashon Wilderness Program offers tuition scholarships for our school-year programs. Learn more about our scholarship assistance.
In addition, your homeschooled child (age 5+) may be eligible to receive valuable tuition assistance that can be applied toward costs at Vashon Wilderness Program. More details.
Visit our Summer Camp page to see what we are offering this summer!