Health Policy

At BOWS the health and safety of our students and our community is the most important concern. We will not offer classes if we do not feel like we can offer them safely. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have temporarily halted all "in person" classes. We will begin to open these classes again pending two variables:

  • The vaccine becomes more widely available to the general public

  • A graduated harm reduction system for attendance can be developed effectively (i.e. self isolation with no symptoms for two weeks, recent negative test, proof you have received the vaccine etc.)


Please do not attend classes or send your student to attend classes if they are feeling sick (even if it's not Covid). If a student shows up for check in with symptoms of illness ​we will send them home.  This may also result in the forfeit of your registration and does not entitle you to a refund. 

If you or your student is feeling unwell try to let us know 24 hours in advance so that participants on class waiting lists may be notified. Refunds or rescheduling as a result of late cancellations will be considered on a case by case basis. 

REFUNDS and Cancelations

It is not always possible to predict the need to cancel or reschedule a class and we understand that. Please understand that we cannot always offer refunds to late cancellations. We will always be willing to work with you on finding a time to reschedule your attendance for the class of your choice. 


Fox Walkers is a flat rate, prescheduled program and its costs do not vary based on a student's attendance. If a student is ill, we have a 24 hr illness refund policy. We will refund you $100 for the cost of the missed class if we are notified 24 hours or more before the event date. Cancellations made after 24 hrs will be handled on a case by case basis.


Adult classes have a minimum attendance of 5 participants. We always give our participants one weeks notice of the cancellation or postponing of classes. This means that we have 10 day cancellation policy. Late cancellations will not receive refunds and cancellations that drop the group below minimum attendance may only receive a partial refund and are dealt with on a case by case basis. Because our adult classes support our work with underrepresented high schoolers, it may help to consider this a charitable donation to increasing BIPOC youth access to nature based education.


In Adventures we often work with third party outfitters. As a result Adventure tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final. Refunds will only be made available if the the class is cancelled or rescheduled by Black Oak Wilderness School administration.