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an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

.... and to us here at B.O.W.S. it's how we classify guided trips. Typically Adventures are a little longer, a little farther, a little harder, and a lot more fun! We only schedule one or two Adventures per year so jump on while you can.

Upcoming Events

  • Shop- Beginner Blade Smithing
    Mon, Nov 08
    Location is TBD
    Nov 08, 6:00 PM – Nov 12, 10:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Taking place over 5 consecutive weeknights, Beginner Blade Smithing is our most popular class. Forge your own blade the old fashioned way... with a hammer and an anvil.
  • High Sierra Horse Packing
    Sun, Jul 10
    Jul 10, 2022, 7:00 AM
    Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CA 93517, USA
    A one week Adventure, old west style. Pack 12 miles into the back country in the saddle.
  • Canoe the Quetico
    Fri, Aug 04
    Aug 04, 2023, 7:00 PM – Aug 18, 2023, 11:00 PM
    Ely, Ely, MN 55731, USA
    Bring your passport for this 14 day Adventure! Spend 10 days canoeing and portaging from the Boundary Waters of Minnesota in the Quetico in Canada. Some of the most awe inspiring and truly wild back country you'll ever see.

We are a queer owned and operated business.

Our focus is on underrepresented students and making sure that nature based education is accessible to everyone.

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Black Oak Wilderness School Incorporated

Oakland, CA

Dane Nelson/President