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Wilderness Outreach Programs

Our outreach programs (known as, Concentric Rings) cater to a wide variety of organizations such as Schools, Girl & Boy Scouts, nature centers, and home school groups. We teach children solid survival skills to call upon should
they ever get lost in the woods, all in the COTEF way; by providing an endless adventure experience. We strive to fuel passion and curiosity and awaken the natural desire to learn. We always endeavor to connect the students to the natural world in a profound and real way. We have found that by showing the intense and incredible beauty, and the ease with which connection to that beauty is found, students become caretakers of the Earth without any prompting from us. This attitude of respect and awe is infused in each of the skills and activities we teach. 

Our Concentric Rings outreach programs are highly flexible, each one being adapted to suit the needs of the group.                 

Wilderness Program Locations


Boy and Girl Scout Troops
Public Schools
Native American/First Nations
Charter and Private Schools
Home School Communities
Environmental and Wildlife Clubs
Colleges and Universities
Family Gatherings
Birthday Parties
Nature Centers
We have programs in many states, and we travel to you!




Wilderness Survival Topics Menu

Below are a variety of themes or workshops which COTEF can offer for a specifically tailored program.  Most of these topics can be condensed into a short period of time while some require more.  These are all considered introductory teachings.   

--Bow drill fire making (short) - Use pre-made kits and begin to practice making fire by friction.

--Bow drill fire making (long) - Carve their own kits and begin to practice making fire by friction.

--Hand drill fire making- Learn and practice this ancient method of fire making.

--Knife safety- Learn how to carve with a knife safely and about overall knife safety.

--Cordage- Learn how to make cordage/string from natural materials.

--Fox Walking and Wide Angled Vision- A different way of moving through and seeing the world.

--Shelter (short) - Each construct a miniature model of a debris hut, a basic survival shelter.

--Shelter (long) - As a group construct a full sized debris hut, a basic survival shelter, that they can enter and experience.

--Bird language- Study why birds make their sounds and how to interpret them.

--Tracking- Learn animal gaits and tracks.

--Purifying water- Construct a water filter from natural materials to learn how to begin to clean water.

--Throwing Stick- Learn a basic hunting technique and hunting ethics.

--Edible plants- Study first hand the edible (and poisonous) plants in their area and develop their relationship with the plant world.

--Utilitarian plants- Learn about some trees and plants that are useful for specific utilitarian applications and how to harvest plants with respect to the environment.

--Flint knapping- Learn the basics of flint knapping, creating a rock tool and how to use it.


Contact us at info@cotef.org   or  609-971-1799