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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Education, Environment, Environmental Education, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Ensuring the survival of future generations by guiding youth and community to a pure connection with the Earth.

Target demographics: Programs are offered for children and teens age 4 to 17 and their families and for groups such as schools, homeschool associations, boy and girl scouts and others who desire to reconnect children with nature.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 250 children to make a deeper connection with the Earth

Geographic areas served: NJ, NY, PA, & MA

Programs: In this program, youth and teens age 4-17, and their parents or guardians attend a week learning survival, tracking and nature awareness. They learn the ancient skills of making fire without matches, how to make shelters from the landscape, collecting edible and medicinal plants and much more. All teachings help participants change their relationship with the natural world, learning respect and appreciation for what we take from the land to sustain ourselves. So many leave transformed by this new relationship with the Earth.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended a family course with my ten year old son, but I am also an educational professional with much experience in program design and supervision. COTEF's programs are among the best I have ever witnessed or read of. Their programs align with their mission and educational goals from the ground up; having knowledge of their content I can see deep connections and foreshadowing of future, higher-level learning even in their beginning lessons. Their staff are extremely well trained, with skill in the content and teaching methodology, and much patience and positive reinforcement. For staff and volunteers this is obviously a labor of love. Add that to thorough skill and training and you have a brilliant program.

WHAT they teach at COTEF is unique and important. Their content offers authentic educational experiences that align with the natural sciences but go beyond that to provide students insight into self, society, nature. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that is providing education that can be found no where else that I know of. I simply cannot wait for my children to be old enough to begin full participation as a family in their programming.

Review from Guidestar

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

COTEF in my mind is one of the top organizations in the country connecting children to the earth. Their philosophy is both healing and dynamic, the instructors inspiring and students inspired. They offer a great palette of programs across the country. Several young men that I mentor have participated in their camps, and come back deeply enthused and awake. I highly recommend their programs to everyone.

Review from Guidestar

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization with a purpose that is so necessary in today's world. What could be a more noble, more important task than helping our youth better appreciate the world they live in? Their promotional video brought me to tears; I have nothing but the greatest respect for the magic they're creating with kids. Prayers and best wishes for continued success into the future!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

COTEF is a superb organization that provides a unique and vital curriculum to peopl of all ages from all walks of life. I once worked with COTEF on an event that connected over 300 kids from NYC public schools to nature in a fresh and exciting way in just one afternoon. Everyone associated with this organization is inspired and dedicated, and only good things can come from supporting them.

Review from Guidestar

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I took a teacher training with COTEF in California and came home with great energy, activities, and renewed passion for connecting myself, friends, family, and students with the Earth. At the training we sang and played and sat on the ground. Simple, profound, beautiful!

Review from Guidestar