Upcoming Courses And Events

NOLS Wilderness First Aid (WFA), February 17-18, 2018

(Lodging and meals will not be provided. A list of local restaurants & hotels will be provided to you upon registration.) **Please arrive 15 minutes early on the first day of class**

Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel in the outdoors. Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" In this course, you'll learn how to prepare for the unexpected.

In just two days, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals in remote locations. NOLS Wilderness Medicine's course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies. This course does not include CPR.

Upon completion of the program, you will be nationally recognized as certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) from NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Please dress accordingly and bring a waterbottle.  


Age: 16+
Date: February 17-18, 2018 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time: 8am-5pm
Fee: $225
Location: Coyote Trails Nature Center (click here for directions)
Instruction by: NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructors
Pre-requisite: None required.

*Students will be required to sign a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Agreement (including Assumption of Risks and Agreements of Release and Indemnity), as well as Coyote Trails paperwork following online registration.

Cancellation Policy: In the case of cancellation or withdrawal from this course greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course starting date, $35.00 will be retained for administration fees. In the case of cancellation or withdrawal within 30 days of the course start date and once the course has begun, tuition is completely non-refundable.

Wilderness Vision Quest, July 13-20, 2018

Dates: July 13-20, 2018
Location: Coyote Trails Wilderness Campus, in the mountains of Ashland, Oregon
Time: 4pm on the 13th through Noon on the 20th
Price: $195 deposit then Donations to cover *expenses (*see below) -- Suggested total of $675
Thanks for your interest in the Wilderness Vision Quest July 13-20, 2018. In order to complete your application, we ask you to:
1. Register here online and-
2. Download the application forms and return them to the Coyote Trails Office.
Most Importantly:
3. Write a brief letter about yourself and your reasons for wanting to Quest at this point in your life. Please include a recent photo of yourself, head and shoulders. (The photo and letter are to gather the energy around the specific group that is attending this program).
This program is 8 days. Before Questing, we help you prepare and we provide the structure and support you will need. We also provide protection from outside distractions or interruptions. After the Quest, we provide you with the tools to help process and understand the gifts and insights you have received, so that your spiritual expansion has an easier opportunity to be integrated into your daily life.
The Vision Quest is a challenging and powerful opportunity for growth, regardless of your background or belief system. It is free of any dogma or religious affiliation. The only requirement is a commitment to yourself, your spiritual growth, and a willingness to be transformed. Prior outdoor experience is not required, and past participants in this rite of passage have ranged in age from 15 to 73. Please call to discuss any questions or concerns about dietary or medical needs.
You will need camping gear for base camp during the days you are not Questing. A complete list of items to bring and all the logistics will be included in your acceptance letter. We provide all of the meals during the 4 days you are not Questing, and we provide all water used during the Quest.
* We do request a donation. This donation is not payment for the Quest teachings, but covers the many expenses incurred in running this program, such as meals for the 4 days you are not Questing, land use, supplies, toilet rentals, insurance, etc. -- this donation enables us to continue to offer this program to those who feel called to it. No one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. Your donations are gratefully appreciated and assist us in furthering Vision for others. 

The Art of Bow Making (OHIO), Sept.23-24 & Sept.30-Oct.1

Ages: 16+

ohio bowThis bow class will take the student on a journey of basic to intermediate Self Bow making. Bow wood selection and collection will be discussed and applied during the making of their first bow, made from a sapling or limb. Once this bow is completed, students will move into carving a bow from a stave of hardwood. Students will get hands-on experience with string making as well as coaching for accurate arrow placement. With the amount of information and hands-on training to be covered, this class will be delivered over two consecutive weekends.

Over 30 hours of class time and 8 meals are included. Materials to be provided include wood for both bows, string material, leather shooting tab, and bow paste. Tooling provided for student use include a draw bench, handsaw, spoke shave, rasp, scraper and sandpaper. Students will need to bring their own hand carving tools for detailed work.  A sharp pocket knife or a Mora style knife can suffice. Arrows will be available to practice shooting once bows are complete.  Individual instruction will be provided.

Class size is limited to six students so careful individual teaching and instruction can take place. Some pre-class preparation (reading) is needed to maximize the value of instruction time and information will be sent out to students upon registration.

This class occurs over two consecutive weekends:

  • September 23, 8am-6pm (lunch and dinner included)  
  • September 24, 8am-2pm  (lunch included)
  • September 30, 8am-6pm  (lunch and dinner included)
  • October 1, 8am-2pm  (lunch included)

Tuition:  $350 (includes meals listed above)

Location:  Pataskala, Ohio (details provided upon registration)

Instructor: Cal Reed, Coyote Trails Instructor

Wetscrape Braintan Buckskin, Sept.29 - Oct.1, 2017

Deadline to signup - Friday September 22
If you sign up by Sept 1, get a $25 discount!

Ages: 18+

emma hide smallJoin us at our semi-primitive camp in beautiful Southern Oregon, learning the art and science of transforming a deer skin into durable, soft, smoked buckskin.  Engage hands-on in a wet-scrape braintan buckskin process that honors the animal using a mix of primitive and simple modern tools to create a completely natural, compostable fabric that can be used for a variety of projects including clothing, moccasins, bags, quivers or anything else you would use store bought leather for.  This weekend will cover everything from acquiring deer skins to smoking the softened hide and everything in-between.

All tools and materials provided.  Camping & meals included (*Bring your own lunch for the first day only). Please enter your dietary needs in the "comments" section of the online registration. You will partner with another student on one hide so as to learn completely without burning yourself out, as this is a labor intensive process!  Days will be filled with hands-on learning while evenings will be time for relaxing around the campfire.  You will take home half of the hide you process along with the knowledge and “dirt-time” to continue on your own.

1000343 739952362656 1156722196 nDate & Time:  Friday 9/29 at 10:30am through Sunday 10/1/17 at 5:00pm. 

Tuition: $275/student, camping & meals included -- (Receive $25 off if you register before Sept. 1)

Location: Coyote Trails Wilderness Campus outside of Ashland, OR (details provided upon registration)

Program Instructor: Howard Holt
Assistant Instructor: Hannah Schiestel
Cook: Kjersti Burck

This is an overnight class, limited to 12 students.

What to Bring: Lunch for first day only; Personal snacks; Sheathed knife or folding knife with locking blade; water bottle; notebook/pens. You may request an overnight packing list using the "comments" section of the online registration. 

The Art of Bow Making (OREGON), Sept 19-24, 2017

Deadline to signup - Friday September 8
If you sign up by Sept 1, get a $50 discount!

Ages: 18+

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Join us in creating your very own self bow from a hickory tree stave.  In five days, you will craft your stave into a shooting bow with your own two hands.  In this class you will learn wood selection, harvesting, wood drying, bow dimension and design, shaping, tillering, making your bowstring, shooting and caring for your bow. 

This is an overnight class, limited to 6 students in order to provide individual instruction. All tools and materials provided.

IMG 4794Date: September 19-24, 2017 
(overnight class)

Timing: Arrive Tuesday, September 19th at 4pm. Class ends at 4pm on Sunday, September 24, 2017. 

Tuition: $500 (sign-up before Sept. 1 and get $50 off)

Location: Yale Creek Farm in the Little Applegate, Oregon

Instructor:  Howard Holt – Coyote Trails Instructor
Assistant Instructor: Hannah Schiestel
Cook: Kjersti Burck

Camping provided. Please bring your own tent and camping gear and appropriate clothing for the season in Southern Oregon (suggested gear list can be sent by request upon registration). 

IMG 4828Meals provided from Wednesday breakfast through Sunday lunch (please include any dietary needs in the "comments" section of the online registration). We will have a potluck dinner the night of registration. Please bring your own snacks. 

Yale Creek Farm is 40 acres in the Little Applegate in Oregon. We have modern bathroom facilities as well as compost toilets.