Year-round nature connection programs for 5 to 17 years old!
Click here to see what our programs are about.
Click here to learn about our camping trips.
Click here to learn about the Fire Quest.
Click here to read some of our participant’s testimonials.
We will continue to use the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the ACQ that we have successfully implemented this past summer at our Summer Camps.
(5 to 7 years old)
Le Grand Potager
Bimonthly – Saturdays
This program is full!
Jays & Crows
(7 to 12 years old)
West Island – Jardins Carya
Monthly – Saturdays
(13 to 17 years old)
Bimonthly – Sundays
This program is full!
Forest Schoolers Program
(7 to 10 years old)
Le Grand Potager / Angrignon Park
Weekly – Mondays – Tuesdays – Wednesdays
(5 to 9 years old)
Le Grand Potager
Weekly – Mondays
What we get up to:
Some of the culture-building routines we practice:
- Sharing gratitude
- Setting community conduct agreements
- Opening and using all of our senses
- Practicing being quiet and observant in the forest
- Making music together
- Making space for everyone’s interests
Some of the activities we will do:
- Friction fire
- Finding the tracks and signs of wildlife
- Learning how to listen for the language of birds
- Practicing being sneaky and camouflaged like animals
- Edible and medicinal plants
- Mapping the land
- Tarp and knot skills
- Crafts with natural materials such as basket-making
- Navigation and lost-proofing
- Natural shelter building
- Playing awesome games inspired by nature
- …and much more!
*** Please note that all our activities are adapted to be in complete accordance with the By-law concerning parks under the jurisdiction of the city council of the city of Montréal. We invite you to learn the rules specific to the Montreal parks you like to spend time in with your family. Following these by-laws we will all be doing our part to support the ecological health and safety of our precious wild spaces. ***
Our year round programs for youth ages 7 and above now have two camping trips integrated into them. This is an upgrade that comes from the youths’ desire for more immersion experiences and to practice some of the nature skills in more of a wilderness context. Our staff are passionate outdoor guides and this was a natural next step. Most trips will be at the end of November / early December, as well as late May / Early June. Weekend programs will have weekend camping trips: friday afternoon / evening until Sunday afternoon. Weekday programs will have trips Monday afternoon / evening, until Wednesday afternoon.
We will spend time intentionally preparing participants in our programs for our trips where we can better embody the arts of living with the wilderness. This means going over and preparing our gear, setting goals, getting ready to take on more responsibilities and getting excited for awesome encounters with the forest. The trips themselves will be a time to put our skills and teamwork to the test, to connect with vast wilderness, and to learn the lessons that come with living in community. We will play, have fun, and soak in the majesty of a starry sky and the warm glow of a campfire surrounded by friends after a long day of adventure and discovery.
What to expect:
- We will rent an outdoor centre, approximately 1.5h from montreal.
- Cabins will be available and used especially in colder months.
- Parents of hesitant children will be encouraged to join the group for the weekend.
- Food is included
- We will send a detailed email with what to bring etc. a month before the actual trip
- Boys and Girls will sleep in different areas
- Male and female staff will be available for participants at all times.
- Non-binary participants are encouraged to get in contact with us to find the most comfortable option.
This is an invitation only weekend program offered to most 12 year olds before they become old enough to join our Teen program, to participate in an amazing camping weekend with a special challenge. Teens are always welcome to return for another Fire Quest, or to partake if they haven’t yet. Participants will receive an invitation at some point in the fall, and if they accept (with the support of their parents), will receive special missions through the year. These missions will help prepare themselves for a night alone in the woods tending a fire (supported by our team) and to reflect on their life and growing autonomy. Parents are welcomed at the end of the Fire Quest to witness the group and to celebrate their children. The weekend is free, and donations are encouraged.
“I just wanted to thank all the leaders of this program for the beautiful session my son had. I really was touched by the peaceful energy of the entire group and feel so grateful that my child can grow in the presence of heart-based people! Thank you and I look forward to more!!!”
– Kristen, mother of a participant
“My daughter absolutely adored the Chickadees program. It just so happened to fall on a Monday so all week long she’d ask, “is it Monday yet?” Paige had many favorite moments from her fall session, from finding animals, to story time, and even the occasional mud bath! My favorite things about the program are the knowledgeable and caring staff and volunteers and the great friendships that my daughter was able to forge over the past 8 weeks. Keep up the great work!”
– Jenn, mother of a participant
“I feel brave and like I can be in the woods safely. And also what I like at programmes coyotes is building shelters and making fires and playing games. I feel super happy in the woods. I appreciate when Jesse, Steve, Benoit and other people help me with the things I want to do like collecting bark for shelter and climbing. When they help people and other kids, it makes me want to help others too.”
– Ezra, age 7
“I love being around the trees at Kawisente’s because I like their bright green leaves. In the winter I love being around the trees because when the trees hold snow, they are still so beautiful… Coyote Programs is helping me learn to not give up when I’m climbing, or walking an adventure, also to practice listening to others when we share the talking stick. It’s important to listen so we don’t interrupt other people’s stories.”
– Clémence, age 6