Apprentice

Soaring Eagle Nature School

Apprenticeship Program

When immersed in our own passions and curiosities, learning can be effortless, like an eagle soaring

The Soaring Eagle Apprenticeship Program is designed to empower adults who want to further their own skills in nature connection and mentoring. As you journey through the Apprenticeship Program you have the opportunity to both discover and share your gifts as you support young learners in their own joyful growth at Soaring Eagle Nature School. Learning seems almost effortless, and at the end of each wonder-full day you’ll wish life could always be this meaningful and fun.

Registration now closed for this year. Contact us to get on the wait list for 2019-20

Cost: $400+ tax

Locations: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver & Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver

2018-19 Dates: 12 days total

Cohort Training: Sept 22, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 30, May 11

Practicum Training: 7 days of practicum at Soaring Eagle programs, Sept 2018 – June 2019 (Dates TBD according to apprentice schedule).

Late Registration is possible until Oct 10, 2018

Program Details:

Through the development of land-based skills and training in facilitation techniques, as a participant, you will embark on a journey that deepens your integral awareness and strengthens your sense of belonging to community and to place. The training will give you a foundation in Coyote Mentoring, naturalist skills, as well as the basics of the Soaring Eagle Nature School educational philosophy and practice. In addition, you may find this journey helps you develop mindfulness and presence in your daily life (wild, urban, inside-outside).

The Apprenticeship Program is designed to be a two-layered learning journey. These two layers run simultaneously, with the first layer – Cohort Training – offering the training and skills, while the second layer – Practicum – offers the opportunity to put this training into practice, while also witnessing the SENS staff deliver program to the kids.

The first layer, Cohort Training will focus on skill building, training in Coyote Mentoring, and an in-depth look at a nature-based model for education. The second layer has you in the field, as an intern, at one of the Soaring Eagle monthly programs for kids ages 6-12. Here you will work with SENS instructors and directly with a group of kids from fall to summer – gaining invaluable experience in the application of what you have learned in the cohort trainings.

Cohort Training:

5 training days from Sept 2018 to May 2019

Dates: Sept 22, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 30, May 11

Join your fellow apprentices and receive in-depth training in Coyote Mentoring and earth-based skills from SENS experienced staff members.

Learning Objectives:

-understanding the world of Coyote Mentoring (nature-based educational approach)

-designing education to follow natural rhythms

-what makes a strong facilitator

-the culture of nature connection

-navigation with and without map and compass,

-sensory development games and activities.

-awareness of hazards and how to take care of yourself and others in the forest

-identify tracks, scat and sign of mammals from this bioregion

-identify a collection of amphibians and insects

-identify common local plants – what plants are edible, medicinal and poisonous

-what are the technologies of the natural world and how do they influence our culture and lives, both in the past and today

Practicum:

7 days of interning at Soaring Eagle programs, Sept 2018 – June 2019. The schedule will be determined based on your availability and the dates of our various monthly programs.

Drawing on the knowledge and skills that you have gained in the Cohort Training days, immerse yourself in the magic of working with kids in the natural world. This portion of the apprenticeship provides direct experience with the kids and the other instructors at SENS. Attend our monthly programs and work closely with the same group of kids and instructor from Sept to June.

Learning objectives:

-furthering your own learning journey in the natural world – naturalist/survival skills

– learn projects and crafts that work great with kids in the forest

-group management – how to create a strong container within which kids can thrive

-how to communicate with conviction, compassion and awareness

– strategies for resolving conflict within a group

– how to use Coyote Mentoring to ignite passion, curiosity, and connection

-how to structure a day of program based on the natural learning cycles

-risk management

Apprentices will also receive a discount on workshops and events hosted by SENS, including the Coyote Mentoring workshop lead by Nate Summers and Karen Joy Fletcher from the Wilderness Awareness School, held October2018.

Logistical Details:

Ages: 18+

Cost: $400+ tax 

Locations: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver & Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver

2018-19 Dates: 12 days total

Cohort Training: Sept 22, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 30, May 11

Practicum Training: 7 days of practicum at Soaring Eagle programs, Sept 2018 – June 2019 (Dates TBD).

Program fee PAID HERE. A payment plan can be arranged.

Applications:

Applications are now OPEN for our Apprenticeship Program

Registartion now open. Late registration is possible until Oct 10

To apply, please email your responses to the following to: stephanie(at)soaringeaglenatureschool(dot)org

  • Why do you want to intern with Soaring Eagle Nature School?

  • What are some skills/interests you think you can bring to our program?

  • What is your experience working with children and youth?

  • What is your relationship with the natural world?

  • What is your approach to facilitation and/or learning and teaching?

  • What is your familiarity with survival skills and also with naturalist skills of this bio-region?

  • What is your availability and schedule?

  • Do you believe in magic?