A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each episode centers around Coyote Peterson's exploration of animals in their natural habitat, or conversation environment. His knowledge of various animals and their behaviors, qualities, and home is explained in a developmentally appropriate way. The camera provides close up shots of the animals so viewers can get a clear view of what they look like and how their body allows them to survive in the wild.
The show encourages admiration, respect, and advocacy for animals. Coyote discusses endangerment, extinction, rehabilitation, and threats to natural habitats. He encourages children to be curious about animals and the world around them, in a safe way. Exploration and volunteerism are encouraged. The show's tagline is, "be brave, stay wild."
While the show highlights women and girls who are interested in wildlife, it largely lacks racial diversity. Various ecosystems throughout the United States are highlighted, showing an appreciation for all environments.
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Violence & Scariness
Some segments involve animals eating their prey. While Coyote Peterson is an expert, and assured viewers that no animals are harmed in the process of making the show, there is some inherent risk in interacting with wild animals, some poisonous or venomous, for himself and the children co-hosts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Coyote Peterson's Wild Field Trip is a wildlife show featured on the Brave Wilderness YouTube channel. Host Nathaniel "Coyote" Peterson, is a wildlife expert and YouTuber (Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild) who enlists a different kid co-host to help him in each episode. Together the pair explore the natural habitat or environment of various wild animals. Precautions are taken to protect the safety of the child and Coyote, but some risk is evident in each wild field trip. While no kids are seen being harmed, close encounters may make some viewers nervous. Themes of the show include advocating for animals, teamwork, and the importance of exploring the world around you. Each episode ends with a call to action for the viewer to engage in their own exploration or volunteer efforts for animals.
Is It Any Good?
This is a great family-friendly show that will inspire the next generation of animal advocates and conservationists. Coyote Peterson's Wild Field Trip encourages children and adults alike to go out into the world to explore, appreciate, and advocate for the wildlife around us. The host does a great job of explaining facts in a child-friendly way. Diagrams and illustrations, paired with live-action shots, are used to support learning. Information about conservation sites, learning resources, and research projects are included in the show so that learning can extended beyond each episode. While the show lacks human diversity, it's full of learning opportunities and positive messages.
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