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Nature Mentorship
2023-2024 School Year


Ages 13-18
Mondays, Wednesdays OR Thursdays 9:45am-2:15pm
+ Fridays once per month (Adventure Fridays)

Is your teen looking for some adventure? Rock climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, zip lining, archery. Wilderness survival skills- shelter-building, fishing, wood carving, fire-building, animal tracking, identifying wild edibles. Leadership- First Aid and CPR certification, mentoring younger students, leading games, hikes, and guiding younger students to connect with the natural world.


All of these adventures, skills, and growth opportunities are combined in our Nature Mentorship Course. Mentors will grow in their own personal nature connection while bonding with fellow teen mentors and guiding younger students in our outdoor classrooms. Mentors will grow in physical and emotional endurance through a variety of teambuilding adventures throughout the year. Outdoor skills will be put to the test on an overnight survival trip.


The nature mentor class includes summer and winter training in leadership and wilderness skills, and Friday adventure outings once per month throughout the school year. During these student growth opportunities, teens will learn from one another and develop a community of leaders. They will apply these leadership skills in the outdoor classroom by attending class as a mentor for students in one of our younger grades either on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays throughout the year. Teens will lead small groups of students in games, on adventures, and act as role models for younger students. 


Course Schedule:

  • Fall Mentor Training- 5 days

  • Overnight Survival Skills Camp

  • Winter Mentor Training- 2 days

  • Friday Adventure Outings once per month (teens will design their own schedule including things like rock climbing, high ropes course, snow boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, ice skating, winter luge, mountain biking)

  • Commitment to one of the younger classes on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays throughout the school year to lead and mentor younger students.



Apply Today!

Interested in becoming a teen mentor with Discovery Wilderness School? We want to hear from you! Teens should be comfortable outside, have experience working with children, and a desire to learn, grow, and contribute to a team of teen leaders.


1. Send an email to with the following information:

  • Teen 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. We will reach out to schedule a quick, no pressure zoom meeting to connect you with a mentor teacher virtual face to face. During this brief meeting, we will discuss the program, and answer any questions you might have, and decide together if this is a good fit for you. 


3. Wait to hear back about being accepted into the mentorship program. You should hear back within one week of our zoom meeting.


4. Once accepted into the Mentorship Program, please register here.

Nature Mentorship Annual Tuition:
$1340 per student 

+$150 enrollment deposit

We don’t want tuition to feel out of reach for any family. Students have the option to utilize Home School Partnerships to fund DWS Courses. Discovery Wilderness School is partnered with Jenison, Niles, and Hamilton Home School Partnerships. In addition, DWS offers income-based tuition reduction, payment plans, early payment discounts, and volunteer opportunities for parents to make tuition more affordable. Our goal is to never turn away a family due to tuition cost. Make sure to reach out to create a customized plan that will work with your family's budget before registering. Reach out for more information.

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