Coyote Pups

4622603197_ffb03c0c5e_zThe p.i.n.e. project offers nature based programs that provide long-term mentoring experiences for children and youth in their home environment. These programs are almost entirely spent outside, only using indoor space for the most inclement weather, or for specific projects. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

A growing body of research is emphatically stating that children are happier, healthier, and developmentally superior (they learn better, quicker, retain more, and are more relaxed) when they spend consistent time in nature. And everyone knows the the most formative years are the first ones. We’ve seen the strongest, most resilient children develop when consistently exposed to nature and strong mentoring from a young age.

We integrate parents and siblings into the experience, with opening and closing circles, storytelling, and celebrations at important times of the year for our participants.

Coyote Pups (Ages 4 – 6)

Our Coyote Pups are the best adventurers there are. This program is full to the brim with storytelling, tracking local wildlife, and finding the coolest goings on in the forest every week! We build the best forts and shelters, pretend to be the sneakiest animals out there, and howl at the birds when they catch us unaware. Arts, singing, drama, naturalist skills, survival skills, and community building with parents and younger siblings are all vital aspects of this program. We create a small culture steeped in nature connection. This is not a program to be missed!

Content includes:

  • Storytelling and songs
  • Adventures, wandering, and tracking wildlife (following animals to learn about their lives!)
  • Wild edibles, medicinals, and hazard plants (identification and uses)
  • Stewardship education
  • Introduction to various wilderness skills
  • and more!


Community Outdoor School programs are year-round programs from October to June.

Fall Session 2017:  October 2nd – December 8th, 2017
Winter Session 2018: January 8th – March 9th, 2018
Spring Session 2018: April 2nd – June 8th, 2018

Locations & Times:

Location Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Kings Mill 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm
Kings Mill 1pm – 4pm 1pm – 4pm
Taylor Massey Creek 9am – 12pm

Price: $1,085

A payment plan is available.

*Please note that the cost covers one program per week.*

Bursaries are an available option through the Best Day Ever Fund.

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