This yearlong course for adults introduces the tools and process of the 8 Shields Model for Nature Based Mentorship as practiced at The Guelph Outdoor School. Participants engage monthly video, reading, and journalling home-study resources and then meet at the GOS on a monthly basis to unpack the learning together, and experience the content first hand. This unique, effective, and timely course is an excellent option for parents, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, and anyone with young people in their lives, and anyone who knows that the nature connection journey is central to individual and community health.
Getting kids nature connected requires nature connected adults. As such, this course focuses on the creating nature connected adults, who can in turn, be effective mentors. That is, while this is all about the tools of mentoring kids and supporting nature connection in young people, in this course, we use those tools on ourselves first :)
9 Monthly Sessions starting in January 2020. Sessions are generally the 4th Sunday of every month and run from 1pm to 4pm. The first Sunday of the series is an Introductory & Welcome Session for distributing materials, outlining the course content & agreements.
Each of the following 8 monthly sessions focus on one direction of the 8 shields mentoring model. Resources include The 8 Gifts of Nature Home Study Course (Video Tutorials, Readings & Journaling prompts), as well as the The Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature - our manual.
This course is not strictly academic and requires participants to push their edges in a number of ways. Home study includes personal and group projects (avg. 4 - 10 hrs / month), and our monthly sessions include nature-immersion activities, games, and challenges as practiced at GOS as well as engaging the home-study material around a fire.
Please be prepared to abide by some basic agreements: • Commit to the Home-study work & resources • Show up to monthly sessions • Make room for all voices in group discussions .
This course reflects our commitment to supporting a rich fabric of mentorship and nature connection in our community and region.
4th Sunday of Every Month, 1 - 4pm
Jan. 26th | February 23rd | March 22nd | April 26th | May 24th | June 28th | July & August OFF | September 27th | October 25th | November 22nd.
See you out there.
Want to bring your kids along? Take a peak at Coyote Kids below.
Coyote Kids Year Long
An Option for Parents
Coyote Kids is nature connection programming à la GOS for kids who have parents enrolled in the Coyote Mentorship series. Staff from our regular weekly program engage kids in the very core routines of nature connection being discussed in the course. A great way to further experience and fully immerse in the course content.
The fourth Sunday of each month, kids engage the foundational elements of GOS programs: tracking, mapping, plant ID, games and nature based challenges to get kids out of their academic heads, into their bodies, and onto the adventure trail.