Nature Instructor Training

For Adults

Linne Doran: Duvall, WA


2023-2024 Dates TBD

Registration Information

Develop yourself as a Nature Instructor while working with some of the most skilled and experienced staff in the industry. Benefit from their years of experience as you learn to facilitate using the Coyote Mentoring approach to nature connection. This program is designed for people who have been actively working on their own nature connection journey and are now ready to step into leadership and support others on their own path.

An invitation:

Opening Applications in March 2023

Coyote Mentoring was developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School over 25 years ago and has become the gold standard in connecting people of all ages to the natural world, community, and self. This unique methodology utilizes a number of teaching styles that mimic how people naturally learn. The end result is something of an “invisible school” where students experience focused, playful engagement without even realizing how much they’re learning.

A highly recommended add-on to this training program is working for our award-winning summer camps as a paid Summer Instructor. You can work the summer before, after, or both. This gives you even more field time to practice and develop your skills.

Whether you are interested in becoming a Nature Instructor or not, the skills and experience gained will serve you no matter where your path leads. Graduates have gone on to gain full-time employment with some of the most respected nature connection schools in the world (including Wilderness Awareness School). Many graduates have also started their own nature schools.

Two Tracks of Learning

Our program is broken into 2 separate tracks depending on the age group you are interested in working with: Youth or Adult.

Youth Nature Instructor Training

Assistant Instruct for 1 to 3 of our school-year Youth Programs.

  • 3-day orientation and training intensive to kick off the year
  • Attend Training Classrooms (2 Mondays per month, 3 hours each)
  • Attend weekly planning meetings: 1.5 hours per program(s) you assist on, each Tuesday
  • Attend all class days as an Assistant Instructor. Depending on the program, there may be additional field trips and overnights (average of 8 hours per class day per program you assist on)
  • Regular check-ins with your training mentors
  • Optional opportunities to assist on Adult Weekend Programs and Nature Clubs.

Adult Nature Instructor Training

Assistant Instruct for the The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School adult immersion.
Prerequisite: completion of The Immersion or similar experience

  • Attend weekly planning meetings (approximately 6 hours each Monday)
  • Attend 1 to 3 class days per week as an Assistant Instructor, as well as all expeditions and week-long intensives
  • Regular check-ins with your training mentors
  • Optional opportunities to assist on Adult Weekend Programs and Nature Clubs.

Both Programs will train you in:

  • Facilitation using the principles of the Coyote Mentoring philosophy
  • How to effectively teach nature connection skills, survival, bushcraft, naturalist trainings, bird language, and more
  • Risk assessment
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work to create and tend a welcoming space for students and coworkers
  • How to support students’ behavioral and interpersonal needs
  • To observe and respond to group dynamics
  • How to work powerfully with a teaching team
  • To facilitate rite of passage experiences

Meet Your Instructors:

Manon McPeters

Growing up in an off-the-grid cabin, Manon has been immersed in nature from a young age. She began connecting with it more intentionally in her teens, as a student in Wilderness Awareness School’s Community School. Since then, she has studied botany and environmental education at The Evergreen State College, graduated from The Immersion Program and the second-year The Immersion Leadership Program (now known as the Nature Instructor Training), and worked for numerous nature-connection organizations. Manon is intensely passionate about blending into the landscape, and wild plants. She also really likes friction fire, and witnessing humans as they investigate the wild places inside of themselves, as well as outside. Sometimes Manon sheds her nature mentor skin and transforms into a yoga teacher, runner, and CrossFit athlete. Movement reminds her that her own body is the most constantly accessible wild animal she can interact with.

Jesse Phillips

Over the last ten years Jesse Phillips has co-designed and directed a summer day camp for at-risk youth; completed an environmental writing degree with honors; run a small farm business; tutored at colleges; and played and learned with kids aged 4-60 in classrooms, gyms, gardens, on farms, and in forests.

Jesse came to Duvall in 2013 to complete a year at The Immersion and a second year apprenticeship in Nature Instructor Training. He is passionate about creating well-crafted programs that empower people from all walks of life to come alive and claim their powerful, positive selves. He loves to sing, climb trees, wander the landscape, listen to birds, study plants, and play the ukulele. He also delights in sports and games of all kinds.

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