Nature Mentorship

Ages 13-20

Wednesdays or Thursdays 9:30-2:30,  30 classes per year

includes Mentorship Training and CPR/First Aid Certification

Nature mentorship develops skills in both nature connection and leadership. Mentors will learn to guide younger students to connect with the natural world through the rhythms of plants, birds, insects, trees, animals, seasons, and weather. As mentors engage with students, they will develop leadership and communication skills, learning and teaching alongside the Lead Guide.


During the Art of Nature Mentor Training, mentors will learn from one another and develop a community of leaders in nature connection and sustainability practices. The mentor curriculum follows the principles in Jon Young’s book, Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature. We borrow from worldwide indigenous cultures who demonstrate deep connection to and respect for their part of the earth. Mentors will have the opportunity to develop their personal nature connection by practicing sensory awareness, learning skills in wilderness survival, plant/tree identification, animal tracking, shelter and fire-building and foraging for wild edibles.


Course Dates:

  • Nature Mentor Training Part I (includes CPR and First Aid Certification)

Little Pine Island Camp from 9:30 am-2:30 pm--

August 31-September 4

  • Fall Semester Courses (11 weeks)

Wednesdays or Thursdays from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

September 8-November 17

  • Nature Mentor Training Part II

Little Pine Island Camp

Three Mondays and Wednesdays in February dates TBD

  • Spring Semester Courses (11 weeks)

Wednesdays or Thursdays at Little Pine Island Camp from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm 

March 9-May 18



Application Process:

Applicants should have completed a minimum of one year of courses as a student with Discovery Wilderness School, or have at least one-year experience in a Nature-Education Setting. Students should also have experience working with children, a passion for nature education, and a desire to learn and grow in their own personal nature connection.


  1. Send an email to with the following information:

    • Student name and age.

    • Why is nature important to you?

    • What experience do you have working with children?

    • Why do you want to be a nature mentor?

    • List of two references with name/email/phone.


2. Wait to hear back about being accepted into the mentorship program. You should hear back within three days of submitting an application.


3. Once accepted, please enroll here. 

The mentorship class is a full-year commitment. As such, enrollment is closed for the 2020-2021 School Year. If you are interested in becoming a Nature Mentor next school year, please reach out for more information. 

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