Coyote’s Path and Coyote Howl

Our Saturday leadership programs are an opportunity for young people to practice group team-building challenges and wilderness living skills in an inclusive, supportive group of peers. 

Explore. Discover. Connect.

New and returning teens are invited to lead each other on new paths, as they venture out to diverse natural areas and light fires of inspiration and connection. 

Welcome to the Circle! Each gathering will be chock-full of skills to learn and practice!

Our pre-teen and teen meet-ups offer an incredible opportunity to learn life skills in the outdoors amongst a supportive group of peers and highly qualified mentors. Our process and small group size ensure an inclusive and supportive group culture.

We are excited to witness and nurture the creativity and ingenuity of these awesome young minds!

Focus areas:

  • Projectiles - archery, atlatls, throw sticks
  • Bow Drill - crafting kits from the landscape
  • Weaving projects with basswood and other barks
  • Wild edibles/cooking
  • Natural dying
  • Hide tanning
  • Wandering/Exploration
Group Challenges/Team Building:
  • Reflective group circles
  • Solo self-reflection time
  • Storytelling
  • Goal setting - inner/self-growth goals and earth skills goals
  • Forming long-last friendships and bonds with their peers

Coyote's Path

Ages 11-14

Program Leads: Wren Anjali and Monica Bosworth
For young teens ages 11-14 interested in epic adventures, skill-building and team challenges while exploring what leadership looks like at Primitive Pursuits.  

Winter 2023: 3 Session Dates:

  • January 14, 2023
  • February 11, 2023
  • March 11, 2023

Location: 4-H Acres
Program time: 12:00-6:00pm

Price $125-$225*
Max group size 12

Coyote Howl

Ages 13-17

Program Leads: Danielle Prizzi and Sean Cornell
An incredible opportunity for teens to dive deeper into their connection to the earth and themselves through practicing a variety of earth-living skills and valuable life skills. 

Winter 2023: 3 Session Dates:

  • January 14,  2023
  • February 11, 2023
  • March  11, 2023

Program Location: Local Bioregion

Pick-up and Drop-off Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension Office. Participants will be traveling to and from locations in a 4-H Van.
Program time: 12:00-6:00 pm

Sliding Scale: $140-$240
Max group size 12

*If you know a young person who could benefit from a scholarship to this program, please be in touch!

Choose-Your-Price Sliding Scale System

At Primitive Pursuits we are committed to making our programs available to as many people as possible. To this end, we generate scholarships via our choose-your-price sliding scale program costs, on a program-to-program basis. The base rate of our programs covers the cost of the program. Any payments above the base rate are tax-deductible donations to our scholarship fund. When filing for taxes Primitive Pursuits is listed under “Cornell Cooperative Extension” Tax ID #16-6072897. 

*Scholarships and fee reparations may be available, and additional funding is also available for youth identifying as transgender, questioning, gender non-conforming, non-binary (TGQN), and otherwise LGBTQIA+2.

Registration Information

Space is not held until we've received payment in full. Use a computer or laptop with Firefox or Chrome to register online, since Safari and Explorer, and phones and tablets, are not compatible with our registration software.

Program Policies

Please visit our Program Policies page for more information.

Our Choose-Your-Price Sliding Scale System

To learn more about financial assistance, please visit our Scholarships page.

Common Online Payment Troubleshooting Tips

  1. Please login to your Account Portal on a computer (not smartphone or tablet)
  2. Use Firefox or Chrome as your browser (not Explorer or Safari)
  3. Wait at least 30 seconds after submitting your payment for the screen to change (there is no visual symbol showing that the credit card payment is processing).
  4. If the payment does not go through and you are on a computer using Firefox or Chrome, it may be that your credit/debit card has a past expiration date on file. Try entering your current card as a 'new' card in the Account Portal.
  5. Check with your bank to determine whether your account has enough balance to cover the payment.
  6. If you have gone through the above steps, please email us for additional assistance:[email protected]

Receipt Requests

If you require a receipt for program fees, please email [email protected]including the name of the account holder and the time period for which you need the receipt (eg. summer of 2019; fall of 2018). We do our best to respond within a week; in the busy summertime this may take longer.

Waitlist

Please look for your registration status in your Account Portal. If you see "waitlist" then that participant is on the waitlist. Our registration software will not accept payment for a waitlisted participant. If a spot opens, we call and email the next waitlisted person and include a deadline for reply and payment arranged through the office. Our field staff cannot accept payments for programs.

Cancellations due to Weather and Other Acts of Nature

If a single-day program (such as a school-break day) is canceled due to inclement weather, we will credit your payment toward a future program or refund your payment minus a $15 processing fee. If a single day of an ongoing program (such as a week-long camp, Homeschool program, or after-school programs) is canceled, no refunds will be made.

We will cancel our programs if the Ithaca City School District cancels school due to snow or hazardous weather. We will cancel Afterschool if ICSD cancels after school programs due to snow or hazardous weather. If the program takes place on a school break day or holiday, we will cancel our programs if the Tompkins County sheriff declares that the roads are closed due to hazardous conditions. If there is a 2 hour delay, we will delay our program for 1 hour. As always, we encourage people to travel only when they feel it is safe. You can check here for current school and road closings.

Mandated Cancellations due to COVID-19

Our programs may be cancelled by local or state Departments of Health or other such regulatory agencies in the case of concerns around COVID-19.

The following policy only applies to situations in which the program you are signed up for is cancelled due to mandates from state or local authorities based on concerns around COVID-19. Please note that all other cancellation policies still apply, including our policies for family-initiated cancellations for any reason.

Due to the continued need to plan for coronavirus-related program closures, we have updated our refund policy for our programs starting in 2021:

  • At this time, we are reserving the right to retain up to half of payments made to programs, if necessary, should our programs be cancelled by authorities due to COVID-19. The sole reason for implementing this policy, should we choose to do so, would be to continue paying our staff a minimum amount of income to prevent lay-offs and harmful loss of income. Should a new COVID-19 stimulus package help us prevent such losses, then we would credit program payments to the extent we are able.
  • This policy acknowledges a shared risk, both for families and for Primitive Pursuits, in continuing to achieve our shared mission at this time.
  • We will consider exceptions to this policy based on financial hardship. For more information, please email our office: [email protected]

Family-Initiated Cancellations

This section applies to cancellations and refund requests made by the Account Holder:

  • In order for any program change or refund request to be considered, it must be made in writing through the Registrar, even if you have discussed this with another staff person, such as a field educator.
  • The effective date of all refund requests is the date of the email notifying the Registrar of your request.
  • Changes and refunds are NOT guaranteed and only the Registrar can process these changes.
  • Epic Days and donations (amount paid above the base rate) are nonrefundable.
  • If we are unable to approve a scholarship request which prevents you from participating in a program, all payments towards that program (even "non-refundable deposits") will be returned if you.
  1. If you cancel between 14 and 30 days prior to the program starting date, Primitive Pursuits will retain half the program tuition, after the deposit & any donation above the sliding scale base rate.
  2. If you cancel fewer than 14 days prior to the program starting date or after the program has begun, there will be no refunds.
  3. Epic Day fees are non-refundable/transferable