BOWS is a queer owned and operated business. We welcome students of all race, nationality, sex, gender, religion, sexual preference, relationship style, age, and ability. Nature is for everyone.

Created, licensed, and copyrighted by Dane Nelson and Black Oak Wilderness School.

Established November 2017

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BLACK OAK WILDERNESS SCHOOL

blackoakwilderness@gmail.com

"...a fantastic instructor, and a deeply caring and gentle human. He teaches from the heart. I would recommend these classes to anyone."
-SAM
"an excellent, encouraging, and extremely knowledgeable instructor. I highly recommend enrolling in one of his weekend long courses."
-Victoria
"...super encouraging and legitimately experienced. He creates a totally immersive instruction style, taking cues from whatever's around"
-Megan
"Would highly recommend the experience of the intimate, friendly classes and can't wait to go out on a more adventurous camp outing next."
-Hunter

Dane Nelson

Founder/Chief Instructor
  • 15+ years wilderness educator

  • 10 years wilderness survival and traditional skills experience

  • NOLS certified WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

  • CA Licensed back country guide

 

The only proven, long term, self sustaining system is nature... if we are to survive on this planet then we have to figure out a way to exist in unison with that system. The only way to do that is to observe and learn from it.

BOWS COMMUNITY

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