Feel the Heat — How to: Bamboo Fire Saw

What’s that you say? You want to learn a new way to make fire-by-friction?! OKAY. Coyote Trails’ Instructor Howard Holt has a story for you, all about how to make your own bamboo fire saw kit, and using proper technique how to bust a coal and blow it to flame! Never heard of a fire saw? COOL. Check out the full story (with pictures-a-plenty!) and you’ll be set to experience fire saw like you’ve never …experienced fire saw before!

Teens, Experience the REAL THING

August 11-16, Coyote Trails will be hosting a Teen Rite of Passage for adolescent boys and girls who are ready to experience a personal challenge and an initiation into healthy, responsible adulthood. There will be self-reflection, games, and an opportunity to challenge yourself as early traditional communities did with a solo overnight to honor your passage. Ages 13-17.

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Wilderness First Aid @ CTNC

May 4-5, Coyote Trails is hosting Wilderness First Aid, instructed by NOLS’ Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI). Fast paced and hands-on, this 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 just two days, you will be certified nationally and learn how to prepare for the unexpected and 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. WMI’s course is pre-approved by such organizations as the ACA, the USFS, and other governmental agencies. Ages 16+

“When I practice my Owl Eyes, I feel like a spy.”

Some background — Coyote Trails has been working with eight different fifth-grade classrooms in the Medford/Phoenix school district for the past several months. The program consists of regular visits with each class over the course of the school year and ends with a day-long field trip to the Coyote Trails Nature Center (CTNC). All this is provided for the students at no cost thanks to a generous grant from the Gray Family Foundation.

“These are important things because we have to know about history. I never thought about everything being so easy.” – student

What’s really going on? — Throughout the program, students have hands-on experiences outside as they learn survival science and traditional living skills to apply to their understanding of reading/writing, social studies, art, math, and science.  Over the course of the year, students focus on four core areas: plants; animals; mapping and navigation; and traditional living skills. Students weave their new knowledge and skills together through keeping “explorer journals” and making artwork that is both beautiful and informative. “It’s helpful to know about [plants]. I see them everywhere now!”

“I was just in time to see my cat staring right at a bird, and he looked awesome. He was ready to hunt that bird!”

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All quotations and journal photos are from these students.

“I am science.”

At the end of the year, students have the opportunity to have their art publicly displayed at CTNC.

“I felt safe.”