Nature Mentorship

2021-2022 School Year

Ages 13-18

Wednesdays or Thursdays 9:30-2:30

August 18, 2021-June 2, 2022

includes Teambuilding Adventure Outings, Mentorship Training, and CPR/First Aid Certification

Nature mentorship develops skills in nature connection, teambuilding, and leadership. Mentors will grow in their own personal nature connection while bonding with fellow teen mentors and guiding younger students as they explore and learn in our outdoor classrooms. Mentors will grow in physical and emotional endurance through a variety of teambuilding adventures throughout the year. Students will learn outdoor skills- practicing sensory awareness, learning skills in wilderness survival, plant/tree identification, animal tracking, shelter and fire-building and foraging for wild edibles. They will put these skills to the test on an overnight survival trip. The adventure schedule will be designed with the help of the mentors, based on their unique skills and interests but will include activities such as kayaking, snow tubing, archery, winter luge, zip lining, rock climbing and/or high ropes course.


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 learn to guide younger students to connect with the natural world through the rhythms of plants, birds, insects, trees, animals, seasons, and weather. They will lead students in creating woodland instruments and creative musical expression. As mentors engage with students, they will develop leadership and communication skills- learning and teaching alongside the Lead Nature Guide.



Course Dates:

  • Fall Nature Mentor Training (includes Wilderness Skills, Kayaking, CPR and First Aid Certification)

  • 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Aug 24, Aug 25, Aug 26, Aug 31, Sep 1, Sep 2


  • Overnight Wilderness Survival Challenge

    • Friday-Saturday, Sep 3-4


  • Fall Courses: September 8/9- November 10/11 (Nov 17/18 make-up date)

  • 9:30 am - 2:15 pm

  • Wednesdays or Thursdays


  • Winter Nature Mentor Training

  • 9:00 am-3:00pm

  • Jan 11, 12, and 13

  • Snow Tubing at Canonsburg (date TBD)

  • Snowshoeing Trip (date TBD)


  • Winter Courses: January 12-March 31, afternoons, every other week

  • 11:30 am - 2:15 pm

  • Wednesdays- Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 9, Mar 23 (Last Make-up date Mar 30)

  • Or Thursdays- Jan 20 Feb 3, Feb 17, Mar 3, Mar 17, Mar 24 (Last Make-up Date Mar 31)

  • Winter make up dates would be the following week. For example, if Wednesday, Feb 9 is a snow day, we will make up that class on Wednesday, Feb 16)


  • Spring Courses April 13/14-June 1/2 (June 8/9 make-up date)

  • 9:30 am - 2:15 pm

  • Wednesdays or Thursdays

  • High Ropes Course/Zipline Adventure (date TBD)


Application Process:

Applicants should have completed a minimum of one year of courses as a student with Discovery Wilderness School, OR have experience in a nature/adventure/wilderness settings (boy scouts, nature centers, Camp Roger, etc.). 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 two weeks of submitting an application.


    3. Once accepted, please register here.