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New Program ! Family Earth Skills Gathering in Arizona !

posted Jan 29, 2015, 1:02 PM by Holly Strahan   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 1:48 PM ]

Coyote Tracks New Program Manager

posted Dec 24, 2014, 12:06 PM by Holly Strahan   [ updated Jan 7, 2015, 2:57 PM by Andrew Hov ]

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Hov is our new Coyote Tracks Program Manager.  Andrew  has many years of experience teaching skills at Coyote Tracks.  We are honored to have him serve us in this new position.  Welcome Andrew!


I am deeply honored to have accepted to position of Program Manager of the Coyote Tracks program for the Children of the Earth Foundation.  I express my sincerest thanks to all of my teachers, students, co-workers, family, friends and above all, our home, our mother Earth.  Coyote Tracks has been dearly important to me since I began working with the organization in 2007; each summer and each program imbuing me with knowledge, friendship, inspiration and a purpose beyond self.  I have worked under three previous program managers in my time with COTEF: Rick Berry, Simon Harrison and Matt Abatelli.  Each of them were excellent program managers, teachers and friends, giving me the skills I will need to be an excellent program manager as well.  I've been working closely with our devoted Executive Director, Holly Strahan, to bring forth a program that excels in reconnecting youths and families with ancient human skills and abilities which cultivate lasting curiosity, respect and admiration for our natural world and our ancestors.    We are now offering new classes and collaborating with other organizations to improve and augment our Coyote Tracks program.  We hope to see you there!

With gratitude,
Andrew Hov 

Give a COTEF Program This Season

posted Nov 28, 2014, 11:20 AM by Holly Strahan

Make a gift of a COTEF program to your favorite children this season!
Just contact us for a gift certificate, and pay through the "store" section here.  Although our schedule will be up soon, you can still buy a gift certificate that can be used for any date within 2015.

Giving Tuesday

posted Nov 28, 2014, 11:12 AM by Holly Strahan

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday.  Non-profits all over the country are set to receive your donations on December 2nd.  We hope you think of us then!
Thank you -  we can't do it without you.

Coyote Teaching For Adults With Rick Berry and Juan Villarreal

posted Aug 27, 2014, 10:23 AM by Holly Strahan

The Children of the Earth Foundation is proud to invite you to a unique class that Rick Berry and Juan Villarreal will be teaching on how to teach primitive skills to children in the Coyote Teaching method.

When: 28 September - 4 October 2014

Where: Primitive Camp in the Pine Barrens, Waretown, NJ

Who: You must be at least 18 years old.

Prerequisites:  COTEF’s Family, Youth, and Teen Experience, or Tracker School’s Standard class.

Get $100 off if you register by 14 September!

Rick Berry is a former Director of COTEF, and now directs his own organization, 4 Elements Earth Education in California.  COTEF is delighted to welcome him back for this class on Coyote Teaching.

Juan and Rick have been teaching together since they met at Tracker School 7 years ago. Juan, of the Southern Lipan Apache people, came to the Tracker School originally because he wanted to learn the old ways that were lost in his area and his family.  He also wanted to find a way to share these teachings with others and make access for underprivileged youth to learn these skills.

Through COTEF, Juan and Rick were able to share the ancient skills with many Native Peoples and youth/family groups across North America and have continued to work together to share these skills.

Get $150 Back!

posted Jun 11, 2014, 3:20 PM by Holly Strahan

Invite a Friend and Get $150!

Announcing Our New Referral Program

If you enroll in Coyote Tracks programs this summer, you can refer a friend or relative (who is not in your immediate family) and receive $150 back at the end of the summer.  Your referral would need to complete a Coyote Tracks program this summer and must be attending Coyote Tracks for the first time in order for you to get your $150 per referral family attending.

Contact us at for questions about the referral program.

Simon Harrison Returns to COTEF

posted Jan 18, 2014, 2:41 PM by Holly Strahan

We are delighted to welcome Simon Harrison back to COTEF as Program Director of Coyote Tracks.  Simon has returned to the East Coast after several years of directing his non-profit in Colorado.  Before that, he was the Program Director of Coyote Tracks.  Welcome back Simon!

2014 Coyote Tracks Schedule Is Here!

posted Jan 18, 2014, 2:28 PM by Holly Strahan

Please see our new expanded schedule for this summer.  2014 Coyote Tracks Schedule

Outside Magazine Interview

posted Jun 7, 2013, 9:28 AM by Debbie Tremel   [ updated Jun 7, 2013, 10:48 AM ]

COTEF's director, Matt Abatelli was interviewed for an article on fire making in Outside Magazine! Check out the article: or view in our archive.

Hurricane Sandy Emergency Training Program

posted Nov 8, 2012, 12:17 PM by   [ updated Nov 8, 2012, 12:23 PM ]

This is a free, one-day event to help support our communities heavily affected by Hurricane Sandy for both now and in the future! 

In drawing from the wisdom of our ancestors who lived a life close to the earth, this training for youth, families, and community shows how our ancient ways can inform our modern lives and strengthen our well being, safety, and resilience.

Stories from those affected by the storm have been severe with their shelter, water, fire, and food supplies all compromised. In many regions we have families moving in with other family members just to meet these basic needs.

We need your help!

We want to offer this training now and broadly without cost getting in the way! 

Have you felt like you wish there was something you could do? Imagine supporting us to go to these regions and put skills and awareness training on the ground to support immediate relief and lasting resilience! The next storm is coming; let’s band together and act now!

We’re starting right here on the Jersey shore! Act now! Help us help them! This new knowledge can become the wisdom that once again informs our decisions and keeps our future generations at the center of our hearts and minds!

The more we raise, the more trainings we’ll run. $5 gets us closer. $10 pays for one youth or teen. $25 pays for one family. $50 increases the total number of people we will ultimately reach!

Click our Donate button in the left hand column of your screen to join the effort!

Our pledge to you is you’ll see our report and hear the stories from the program within the next three months!

With overflowing gratitude and unwavering hope for our future generations,

Matt Abatelli and the entire COTEF staff

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