Course Series Overview
"Grandfather never answered any of our questions the way most people would answer a question. He would either point us in the direction of the answer, or ask us a series of questions, all designed to make us think. A "coyote teacher" makes every learning experience exciting, something we desperately want to know. He planned each lesson like a chess game or jigsaw puzzle, where one teaching led to another. But he never forced any teaching on us; instead, he maneuvered the situation so we had to know, had to go on. "How do we build a shelter?" we would ask. He would answer "Ask the squirrels." We would ask "How does a bow-drill fire work?" and he would answer "Rub your hands together." Or we would ask "How can we track foxes better?" and he would reply "Track mice." He made each teaching special, exciting, and something we desperately needed to know. And as always, the lessons would go far deeper than just the superficial, reaching to all realms of our lives."
-- Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children
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This class is an intense study of both plants and animals, including their life cycles, mating habits, eating patterns and growth characteristics, as well as how to identify the most appropriate observation technique. Several representatives of each plant and animal group will be covered thoroughly in both lecture and demonstration, followed by a detailed field study. This practical approach to the lives of animals and plants will not only expand your knowledge on a physical level, but will greatly expand your awareness skills and your ability to understand and interpret concentric rings. The plants and animals covered are carefully chosen so that what you learn in this class will be applicable to any landscape you may visit.