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September 9, 2013

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September 9, 2013

The Children of the Earth are focused on helping individuals learn skills to do many things including appreciating all things about nature and the natural world; helping to maintain said natural world; how to live in the natural world with a minimum of technology, to the benefit of all concerned. Learning to survive in the wild without benefit of electricity, technology, internal combustion engines, etc...is a skill that never goes to waste, even while living in a Manhatten apartment.

The COTEF's current location is a lovely woodlands, nearly virginal again having survived 'technology' at various levels for many years, COTEF in conjunction with the landowners are endeavoring to return it to it's vernal best with careful and judicious pruning of the woodland, re-introduction of native plant life and utilization of various natural resources present in abundance.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of a thing...other than to promote the entire endeavor!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 9, 2013

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September 9, 2013

This summer I attended COTEF's Family, Youth and Teen Experience as a volunteer. I brought along my two grand daughters and 14 year old cousin. The were all excited as soon as they found out they were attending - the girls practicing shelter and my cousin starting a bow drill kit for fire. But the lessons they learned once they arrived helped them blossom in to new, more self assured people. The were able to learn from a fantastic staff who nurtured, protected and guided them every moment of every day. They met like minded peers and realized they had an even deeper connection to nature and the earth. They were nourished by a wonderful head chef with delicious healthy foods, some of which they'd never experienced before! Their growth blew me away, as did the dedication of all the staff, Interns and volunteers. All three of the kids want to go back next summer, and so do I. What a fantastic nonprofit. Im so thankful these skills are being passed on to all of us!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none! It is AWESOME

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 11, 2013

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August 11, 2013

When COTEF offered a week in Aspen, Colorado (June, 2010), I offered my services as a high-altitude plant expert and as volunteer help. I, too, had learned plants the traditional Native American way and taught others as an individual as well as writing a local handbook. I was curious as to the approach COTEF used as an organization. I was so impressed by their method of approach, their leadership style and the results that they achieved with children, that I have now asked permission to do a research study of the group at the doctoral level. My intention is to bring more attention to this program and the traditional Native American values that are used in the program development.

Theresa (Tree) Leonhardt

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

emphasize the plants and their ability to feel, more.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 24, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 24, 2010

My son attended approximately seven classes thru Children of the Earth Foundation about six to eight years ago. As he is diabetic, I needed to be available, so volunteered during the classes. I was able to watch how the classes were conducted and was able to participate in many of the activities. Hands down it was the best experience my son could have ever had. It instilled confidence that to this day affects his life. Although he enjoyed the outdoors before, the classes increased his awareness and skills so that he is now an accomplished outdoorsman. This is comforting for a diabetic mother! The staff is exceptionally professional and skilled and have excellent skills in engaging children. I highly, highly recommend this school for all kids.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the mental growth of my diabetic son in his ability to take care of himself. Learning survival skills in the wild has given him the knowledge and confidence to survive and succeed in the world of people!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and hold to the high standards of education of the natural world that the current instructors do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interesting subject matter and the excellent instructors that teach it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

probably change the world, one child at a time!

Ways to make it better...

More classes were located in the middle of the country, such as Colorado.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

consistant financal backing.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If more children understand where everything they use and eat comes from in the natural world, and try to hunt, gather and create what they need, they would have a much higher respect for the earth. They would naturally have an interest in protecting it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 21, 2010

COTEF is a fantastic organization offering children an experience that cannot be found at typical summer camps. Their volunteer/faculty to student ratio provides the attending children with so much personal attention and their emphasis on an experiential approach to wilderness skills leaves children with more of a sense of ownership than traditional teaching methods. I plan on sending my neice as soon as she is old enough, and my only complaint is that I wish it existed when I was a child.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the young adults who attended the programs as children. Their sense of purpose in life and ability to make good choices when faced with adversity is no doubt enhanced by their experiences at COTEF.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 21, 2010

Most kids these days suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder. The only way to cure this is to get them deeply immersed in nature. Since we tend to fear what we do not know, and we destroy that which we fear, the introduction to nature has to be done in a safe environment to gain the child's trust, as well as an environment where the child gains a burning desire to learn. Not only does this improve the life of the child, but it helps reduce the destruction of the environment since they now are aware that they are connected with the earth, and destroying it is destroying themselves. COTEF does a wonderful job of creating this environment so that anybody can meet Nature as a friend, and in the process teaches many skills usable in daily life as well as emergency situations. I have been teaching youth groups about nature and wilderness skills for about 12 years now, but when I took the training workshop (in 2008?) and then helped at a class , it changed my outlook and methods of teaching these skills!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Countless city kids "seeing" nature for the first time

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stay the course!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping countless city kids "see" nature for the first time! Working with the great staff and volunteers has been pretty good too.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Real, down to earth, caring, trustworthy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world 1 kid at a time! (who would then change their parents, and then their friends, and so on) It could also offer more Teacher Training Workshops at a cost more teachers could afford. The skills they use to teach are just as lacking.

Ways to make it better...

They were able to run more camps and give scholarships to more kids.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, trained help

One thing I'd also say is that...

Support them with your time, money and prayers, they are doing a great work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 21, 2010

Through the past several years I have helped out with a number of programs run by Children of the Earth Foundation. I always come away from these programs amazed at how much difference can be made in a child's life in just one short weekend. Not only do the COTEF programs train skills that are universal to our pasts, they also share the philosophy of living in harmony with the earth. Their mission and vision are essential parts of their programs. The programs are a great way to share with your family and friends what it means to become a child of the earth.

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The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of children and families who attend their programs. They would come to the program unaware, and leave awakened.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue seeking ways and means to help share the vision of becoming children of the earth with more people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing that there really is a way to change peoples feelings about the earth. To awaken that connection that is within all of use is amazing to watch.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and considerate. All of the staff are the sort you want as close friends, as they really care what you say and do. Your ideas and opinions matter to them, and it shows in the attention they give.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

awaken the rest of the world to the wonders of the earth.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to share with them. I hope to return and help in the future.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of financial support to share their programs in more locations. They could also use support from the public in educating teachers to help share the vision and mission around the world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

people fear what they do not understand, and destroy what they fear. Awakening and educating removes that fear and thus provides a way in which this earth may be saved for generations of the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 21, 2010

I attended COTEF in highschool and it changed the way that I've viewed the outdoors forever. Not only that, but it also gave me the confidence to stand up for the environmental issues that I believe in and fight to protect the earth. I will continue to volunteer teaching programs with Cotef for as long as I'm needed!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that it has changed children and the way they respect the earth and others

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a crew of people to formalize local connections and grow and maintain the network of volunteers

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Spending time outdoors and connecting with people who are dedicated to healing the earth

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people who are dedicated to healing the earth

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get children outdoors across the world and teach an entire generation respect for the earth (and other people) in a way that few other programs can do

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time there!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding!

One thing I'd also say is that...

With more funding and organization, cotef can really make major changes for kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 21, 2010

Participating in COTEF programs has been a fantastic opportunity for my daughters and me. Not only did it bring us closer to the earth, but also closer to each other. The week we spend at COTEF is always the highlight of our summer, and we keep coming back for more.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children, who have become more confident and more interested in nature.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the fantastic work they are doing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the growth in the children and how they beam with pride when they finally accomplish a difficult task, such as making fire with a bow drill.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very energetic, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. They all loved working with kids and knew how to engage children fully. Such a fascinating group of people with diverse backgrounds.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy a campground of their own and not worry about finding a new location to keep operating. They could also reach so many children and teens who would benefit from their programs but can't afford them.

Ways to make it better...

we could spend the whole summer at COTEF. My family loves it there and we can't get enough of their programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial. So many children would benefit from attending their programs if COTEF had more scholarship money to give. Also, they need to find a new, affordable location as the campground they've been using is being sold. I wish they could afford to buy it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

COTEF is amazing. You have to be there to experience the magic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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