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Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Awareness! Belonging! Connection! Speaking directly to these needs, Coyote's Guide sparks our natural gift of curiosity. At eight or forty-eight, when the power of mystery pulls us into nature, we follow. Think of these personal rewards: the excitement of discovery, real connection with animals and plants, and a sense of belonging through knowing our place on the planet. W ...more
Paperback, 548 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Owllink Media (first published 2009)
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Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, nature
A great book that's essentially a must-read for anyone working in outdoor education/nature connection, especially for those who will be working primarily with kids.

I'm currently an apprentice at a school in the Tracker–Wilderness Awareness School lineage. Really only being a few years into my own personal journey of nature connection, it sometimes feels kind of strange to be helping/mentoring kids along in theirs. Sometimes I feel ... unqualified. Reading through Coyote's Guide, however, was a p
Janet Staal
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough about this book: it is life-changing! It totally changed my outlook on how I "teach" outdoors. I have a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in science and math education and have years of experience teaching both in schools and through a nature center. This book should be a fundamental support and guide for all schools, naturalists and families! Comprehensive, thorough, wise and beautifully written and organized. The beginning of the book provides background inform ...more
Holly Blevins
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
What I read of this book was really motivational and inspiring. I love that we have a growing movement to keep kids connected with the world in which they live, and these writers provide wonderful insight to how we can facilitate that. However, since I stopped working with children last year, I haven't found the motivation to continue reading. This text contains valuable information as well as stories and ideas, and maybe one day I will pick it back up. For now, I'm keeping it on the shelf. ...more
Mar 05, 2011 marked it as to-read
I'm seeping through the pages of this book, absorbing the wisdom and intention of experienced naturalists. It's reading about work, but it doesn't feel like reading about work, because it's every bit as enriching to my own encounters with the natural world and way of looking at things as it is to my lesson plans and interactions with kids. ...more
Jonathan Angelilli
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Truly awesome book.

How to help kids and adults alike discover their real power and humanity through Nature connection, fun exercises, and powerful Native American perspectives and wisdom.

Highly recommended for all human beings.

A complete anti-dote to our failing educational system. Seriously.
I read (properly read, as in every word and thinking about them) maybe seventy pages of this before I couldn't stand it anymore. Then I skimmed the rest, and took a few notes.

There are some useful ideas in here, but for me the text is terribly bloated and repetitive... like a textbook in that way, which I suppose would bother me less if I'd clocked that I was buying a textbook and not a book to read.

There are a lot of margin quotes of wisdom (?), which seemed very interesting until I realized
Mar 11, 2022 rated it liked it
The beginning of the book was helpful but too wordy, in my opinion. I would have given it 3 stars. The middle of the book was worth about 2 stars. So many words and not what I was interested in focusing on. The second half of the book where the activities were was worth 5 stars. So many great and fun ideas to get the skills of nature in a creative and playful way. My only struggle is not having enough people available for the games when I’m working with just my kids. So, the average is about 3 1 ...more
E. Reed
Aug 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
It's not that the information in this book is bad, there are many time-tested techniques and practices to build nature awareness and connection here. But they are so buried in florid language, garbage, pseudo-indigeonous assumptions and appropriative nonsense that it makes every single page a chore to get through. A long-time nature mentor and teacher required to read this for a new position, I need a solid environmental education palette cleaner after every contact.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
A breath of fresh air. Not only does Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature build on the philosophy Louv's Last Child in the Woods but it also helps guide us with activities to implement the philosophy. Following the Coyote isn't something we should fear. It is the way to awakening us to a world that we have lost sight of. I recommend this book to everyone. ...more
Nov 07, 2021 marked it as to-read
Recommended in Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors as "inspiration to go outside, to be counterculture". ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has changed my life. We use it every week for our homeschool nature group. The principals are so empowering and really work. It is the by far the best education book I have ever read.
Mark Wagnon
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
I read parts of this for my class; I’m sure I’ll use it for ideas when I start teaching.
Oct 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring methodology and framework of how to connect more deeply with oneself, others the natural work and how to go about working with others for the same.
Bridget Alexander
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Pick it up all the time for new inspiration. I've used it with scouts to guide urban kids toward a connection with nature. Used the games and wisdom to enliven a camping trip or paddle with moments of presence and meaning. It truly has the vibe of the life's work of someone passionate about reconnecting adults and child to the wild. Never unbearable or preachy or intimidating in its tone, but playful and coaxing. It makes burying oneself in the wild of the world feel very possi ...more
Miriam Grinshtein Eber
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the ideas in this book. It's not one of those books you want to read cover to cover. Each time I pick it up to read for a few minutes or get some ideas, I am inspired to take the kids outside and explore. We have cultivated one lovely habit for which the book is worth at least looking at, perhaps not owning, which is the idea of a "sit spot". My children have their sit spots where they like to go to for calm and centering and I think this is an invaluable tool for me too! ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This is meant to be a bible for people who want to introduce children to nature in a specific way and though I appreciate much of it--the general tone and premise is too precious even though that is exactly what the writers intend. I much prefer Rachel Carson's "The Sense is Wonder" which is far more direct and less pretentious.

I guess it would be a good compendium for anyone who is a complete stranger to nature writings, but I am not that audience.

Jessica Pendez
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is meant to be encyclopedic in that you read bits and pieces rather than front to back. It's been by my bed for months now and I'm going to return it to my friend and buy my own copy for future inspirations. ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
It is a good book for explaining and giving teaching advice, however it is extremely repetitive.
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A modified version of one of the activities in this book rescued the second half of a 3.5 mile hike with our 5 year olds!
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book on how to discover nature no matter what type of environment (suburb, urban, rural) you live in. Must read for parents and parents to be.
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