Health Policy

California is opening up again! We are very excited to be offering in person classes to the public once more. The health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance and so to protect you we are keeping in place the following safety precautions:


  • All classes will be held outside in open air.

  • Class sizes will be limited.

  • All equipment will be cleaned thoroughly between classes.

  • Social distancing will not be enforced but is still strongly recommended when possible.

  • Unvaccinated people must wear masks. We are not asking for proof of vaccination so please act honorably.

  • Hand sanitizer is available and provided.

We will also be following all of the California State guidelines listed HERE for applicable programs.

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. 

Drugs and alcohol


It is illegal for students under the age of 21 to possess alcohol, tobacco (nicotine), or cannabis. If a student is found with these or any other illicit substances during BOWS programs we will call parents immediately and ask them to pick up their student. We will follow up with that student and their parents by having a mediated restorative justice conversation before considering if that student will be allowed to return to programs.


Alcohol and cannabis use may be allowed during adult camping classes but must be moderated to an appropriate level. Intoxication is unacceptable. We are also subject to the rules of each site that we use. Our High Sierra site prohibits open flame and all other sites have designated smoking areas. Drug and alcohol use is prohibited at all shop classes... because safety. If you become intoxicated at any of our classes we will kindly order you a cab... and have you driven someplace safe to sleep it off at your own expense. No refunds will be issued.


We work very hard to make sure all people feel welcome at our programs. BOWS has a zero tolerance policy on bullying, discrimination, and hate speech. Discouraging language and/or behavior around historically marginalized communities including but not limited to communities of ethnicity, race, gender, sex, sexuality, relationship style, age, ability, or religion will result in immediate ejection from programs. In the absence of restorative actions, offenders may be asked not to return to any BOWS programs or events. No refunds will be given and half of your registration fee will be donated to an organization supporting the community you have harmed.