Founder, President, and chief instructor of Black Oak Wilderness School Incorporated. Dane has over 15 years of experience teaching in nature. For the past 11 years he has focused primarily on wilderness survival and traditional living skills with the mission of changing how people interact with the natural world. He started Black Oak Wilderness School in November of 2017 to make wilderness education more accessible and to shift the culture around survival to make it more inclusive. He worked as an instructor and program director at Trackers Earth from 2010- 2016. He is a NOLS certified WFR (Wilderness First Responder), a licensed back country guide, and an experienced educational director. He is also a trained chef, musician, notable story teller, and craftsman. 


Jack has been an outdoor educator for over 12 years. He owns Paleoventures Team Building and has designed outdoor corporate team building programs for a number of well known health and tech organizations for the past 3 years.  Jack has an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to cope with unexpected and unfamiliar circumstances and he teaches these skills in a relaxed and engaging way. As a Certified Wilderness FIrst Responder, Jack has taught and protected the safety of participants in such venues as Tough Mudder and Trackers Bay Area for the past decade. He has been with BOWS since 2018.

Jack Foley

Wilderness Leadership

Tyler Randazzo

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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.

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Dane Nelson

Black Oak Wilderness School Incorporated

Established November 2017

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