School Program FAQs

What education classes do you offer?

We offer a wide variety of programs for schools of all grade levels. All of our classes are hands on and give students an opportunity to learn valuable life skills, play outdoors, and increase their understanding of their environment and core academic standards.

Although we have a list of suggested program options on our Education Programs page, all of our programs are customizable and can be applied in all areas of study. The length of our programs vary with each class, ranging from 90 minute programs to full day field trips as well as recurring teaching partnerships that involve multiple classroom visits and field trips.

All of our school programs align with state and federal standards. To discuss your program needs contact our office at 541.772.1390, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our classes focus upon traditional living skills, tracking and awareness . You choose the specific content area, topics and learning objectives that will best meet your specific class needs. Many of our courses meet standards in all content areas simultaneously! We work with you to design programs that are both engaging and educational. Contact us with questions or to start  planning your visit with Coyote Trails!

What should we bring on our field-trip?

These lists provide a general idea of what a typical class requires. A specific supply list will be sent to you during pre-planning that we design  for your unique program. Ahead of time, think about how many chaperones you may need and find out who is available. We do have Pre-Class Tips for Chaperones. The Program Coordinator at Coyote Trails can discuss all of these topics with you and give recommendations.


Supply List for CTNC visit (*varies based on program and student ages)

  • Pencils

  • Worksheet from CTSN or a journal

  • Weather appropriate clothing and shoes

  • Sack lunch for each student

    • Pack-out trash bag: We ask that all your trash be “packed-out.

  • CTSN "Student Permission Slip" signed by parent/guardian

  • Completed Pre-surveys

  • Water Bottle-Mandatory for every program

  • Spending money for “Coyote Den” (gift shop/school store), with parental approval


Typical Supply List for School visit (*varies based on program and student ages)

  • Pencils

  • Journals/worksheets

  • Pre-surveys

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • CTSN student permission to participateslip

  • Water bottle


Typical Supply List for Mountain Campus (*varies based on program and student ages)

  • Water Bottle - mandatory

  • Pencils

  • Journal/worksheet

  • CTSN student permission to participate slip

  • Pre-surveys

  • Appropriate clothing and shoes (always colder here than on the Valley floor)

  • Sack lunch

    • Pack-out bag for all student generated trash

What does Coyote Trails do in my classroom?

What to Expect from your Coyote Trails visit!


Coyote Trails is a unique experience even within the Outdoor environmental Education world. The following list provides you with an idea of what to expect from your CTSN program depending upon location. We provide an exceptional experience for every participant--including you! We encourage you to ask questions during your program coordination with your CTSN contact as well!


Coyote Trails comes to your school!

  • During coordination, your CTSN contact provides an Instructional Plan. We work with you to enable your program to fit your needs. Please provide learning targets, standards, and the academic language you are hoping to cover. Or ask to see what programs we presently offer that cover your school  topics.

  • Please be available 15 minutes before the start of your program in order to coordinate with us on site as we need time to prep our materials prior to start time.

  • There is always an introduction to inspire students and prepare them to participate in the program. Safety and program logistics are outlined to  orient all students. As Coyote Trails strives to maintain students “in the moment” - we ask you do not share the schedule with students prior to the program. Schedules are also subject to change based upon weather, location, materials available and the number of participants.

  • We provide a pre-survey to be completed prior to our visit. This pre-survey is designed to help us collect data on the students we serve, gain more information about the communities in which we work, and document the numbers of students we teach. This information aids in our grant research and helps us reach more school districts.

  • We work with you to design effective pre-test, pre-visit discussion questions and projects to help your students gain background knowledge and get excited about the educational topics. please work with your CTSN coordinator or see our Pre-planning resources.

  • We may have students fill out a worksheet during the program to help them document their experiences, record the information and keep them thinking about questions they have.

  • CTSN wants to maintain the burning fire! We offer post-trip resources such as project ideas, discussion/debrief prompts and post-tests!

  • Our school visits are usually set up in stations to keep an effective student to instructor ratio. There may be additional workshop time available to practice skills learned.

  • Each program has an introduction, instruction time, practice/skills time, debriefing time and a closing.

  • If you would like to purchase items for your class, such as t-shirts, stickers, bow drill kits or field guides, please let us know as early as possible so that the final cost can be added to your schools' purchase order.

You’re visiting the Coyote Trails Nature Center!

  • The program begins immediately upon your arrival. Students are directed to the "Central Fire" to receive a safety brief and an introduction to get them both engaged and excited!

  • You are provided a supply list from your CTSN contact.

  • At least one instructor will orient you to teacher-specific topics and clarify for you any remaining questions.

  • Your class/group will be split into smaller groups in order to maintain an effective student to instructor ratio.

  • Depending upon the program length, it will include a break for lunch or a      snack that your students bring with them. Please pack out all trash and help maintain the Coyote Trails Nature Center grounds for the next class.

  • Following your program, there is school store/ "Coyote Den" (gift shop) time. If the students would like to make purchases, please obtain parental approval prior to your first Nature Center visit. Please let us know as early as possible if you wish to add instructional items to your class cost total, such as educational books, field guides, tshirts, bow drill kits, waterproof journals, fire starters or other items.

  • Coyote Trails is a developing Nature Center. Some of the grounds may be under development during your visit. We ask that your group be aware and to respect the delicate riparian zones. Remember you’re actually in someone’s home! Our efforts to make the CTNC more usable and inviting are strong and effective, but do take time. Check out what’s been happening and share with your students if you choose!

  • Other groups might be at the CTNC during your visit. It is open to the public and is frequented by Greenway users and other nature center visitors. Please remind students to be respectful when moving about the landscape.


You are on the way to Coyote Trails Mountain Campus!


  • The weather is 10 degrees cooler so please dress in layers and bring a sweater.

  • It’s a mountain, so bring shoes that you will be comfortable in all day suitable for hiking up and down hills. Please, no flip flops, loose sandals or high heels.

  • Your program, depending upon length, will include time for a lunch or snack break that your students supply themselves. Please plan to pack out all the trash your students bring.

  • Your class/group will be split into smaller groups to help keep an effective student to instructor ratio.

  • The program starts immediately upon your arrival. Students will be directed to the "Central Fire" for a safety talk and an introduction to get everyone oriented and excited!

  • At least one instructor will meet with you to review any up to date teacher-specific areas of focus and to answer remaining questions.

  • The land is open to the public; however, our main Coyote Trails campus is private.

  • There are typically full-time caretakers part of a four-season long class, living on the mountain and in main camp. This is their home, so please be courteous.

  • This is also the home of many, many wild animals, plants, and fungi. Please, be courteous.

  • IIf the students would like to make purchases, please obtain parental approval prior to your arrival and do let us know as early as possible. We can arrange to add difficult to locate instructional items to your class cost total, such as educational books, field guides, tshirts, bow drill kits, waterproof journals, fire starters or other items. 
  • Be sure to calculate your travel time. Our mountain campus takes about an hour to drive, park and walk into from the Medford/Phoenix, Oregon area.


What are some tips for a successful Field Trip?

Field trips have been a vital part of education as long as humans have existed. Experiencing the “real world” allows students to connect to the ideas in the classroom and provides a new environment in which to process their own understanding. Now while field trips facilitate natural study and are super fun and effective, they can be overwhelming to coordinate. This is a mini-guide that is not meant to be a complete guide, but a snapshot of some things to consider when planning your trip with Coyote Trails!

 

Some Tips for Successful Pre-Planning:

  • Identify and clearly state your learning targets. This will help you get comfortable with your own class’s needs and get you thinking about what background knowledge would be helpful to your students. Check out our resources for pre-planning here.
  • Work with your contact at Coyote Trails and discuss possible pre-survey/pretest questions that will get students thinking about their own questions, wondering about the topic, and questioning their own understanding of the background knowledge.
  • Consider having students draft 2-5 questions they already have about the topic before the day of the trip/visit. Challenge them to have the answers to all their questions before leaving the site.
  • Discuss your expectations of behavior and learning before the trip. Consider having students come up with the conduct guidelines. If the trip will have a related project afterward, give the students the rubric before the trip to get them thinking.
  • Remind students to wear appropriate clothing! Outdoor Education means outdoors. We will be out in the field rain, shine, or snow. Nature is great to experience when it’s sunny, but there is an incredible amount to learn from rainy and chilly weather too
  • Also provide students with a packing list. Lunches, extra shoes, gift shop money, journal, pencils, and worksheets are all common things students could need and might forget.
  • Prepare chaperones for their role. Chaperones, while they should engage in the activities, should be prepared to assist in transitioning students, helping facilitate restroom and lunch breaks, doing head counts, and being overall responsible for the wellbeing of their groups. Let them know your needs as a teacher for the trip. Check out our Chaperone-specific guide

 

Be able to identify all of the following for yourself and to your administration:

  • Learning outcomes for the trip
  • Standards alignment
  • Essential concepts underlying the content and structure of the trip
  • Key vocabulary that will be a part of the trip
  • Who are the chaperones?
  • Cost of trip and how it is funded

 

Talking to your contact at Coyote Trails:

  • Use vocabulary, terms, academic language, and ideas from your learning targets so that we can use them when talking with students. Mention them directly if they are essential.
  • Make sure your contact knows that you are aiming to meet standards, and provide them early in the planning of your class.
  • Ask your contact for alignment charts if it would be helpful in your class selection and planning. This can help when talking to your administration as well.
  • Give and receive detailed time information: length of program, bus schedule, departure and arrival times, etc.

 

The Trip:

  • Check in with bus drivers about departure and arrival and travel times. Double check directions.
  • PARTICIPATE! Understanding the students’ experience will help you to create more effective post materials, debriefs, discussions, and follow-up questions.
  • Students will remember how they felt more than anything; make it fun!
  • Be available to help with “the container.” While our instructors are great at keeping big groups contained, it helps when someone who is familiar with the personalities and learning styles has an eye out for likely spin-off students.
  • Have a way to transport all of the following. Do not leave it on the bus J
  1. oEmergency contact information for your school
  2. oChecklist of all students and chaperones
  3. oEmergency medical forms for all students and yourself
  4. oExtra cash for emergency situations
  5. oContact information for Coyote Trails: name, phone number, and office location
  6. oTrip itinerary
  7. oPaper to write down ideas and questions that occur to you as you go

 

  • Have students leave headphones, MP3s, Ipods, phones, and game devices at home/at school/on bus. Students will not be engaged. Remind students that it is disrespectful to use such devices, including cell phones, during the trip.
  • !SAFETY! Immediately cover safety precautions with students (covered first thing when you arrive by instructors):
  1. oWhat to do if someone gets lost or separated
  2. oBuddy system
  3. oWho to ask to use restroom or get water
  4. oWhat to do in case of a medical emergency or minor situation
  5. oRemind them to follow the rules spoken to by the instructors
  6. oStrangers in camp (CTNC and mountain campus are public areas)
  7. oInform instructors of any students with severe allergies or other medical conditions that are a potential hazard or need to be accommodated for.

 

Post Trip:

  • Consider checking our post-trip materials for ideas for post questions, surveys, tests, projects, and discussion questions. Also ask our contact about materials, resources, and further reading for students if you are interested.
  • Consider doing a group debrief in which students have a space to share their experiences. Whether it be in a project or a group discussion.
  • Do some written reflection for yourself about how the trip went.
  1. oWhere were the holes in your awareness?
  2. oWere there things you could have done to better prepare?
  3. oDid the instructors cover all the learning targets?
  4. oDo students have remaining questions?
  5. oWould you do the trip again?
  6. o What were the highlights?
  7. oWhat feedback would you give the instructors?
  8. oWere your expectations realistic?
  9. oWas this an overall effective trip? Why?
  • Send feedback to our office so that we may gain a better understanding of how our work has impacted the community, your students, and schools. This feedback helps us improve and can help us receive funding in the future!

 

 

If you have any questions during the trip planning process, contact our office or your program planning contact through email.

$25 - Pays for one student to attend a weekend class 
$70 - Feeds one student for a week at summer camp
$175 - Pays for one student to attend day camp for a week 
$725 - Pays for one student to attend our weeklong "Fox Trail Adventure"  overnight program 
$1,225 - Pays for a parent and child to our weeklong "Fox Trail Adventure" overnight program