Black Oak Wilderness School

is creating Accessible Outdoor Education for Underrepresented Students

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About Black Oak Wilderness School

Black Oak Wilderness School provides outdoor and experiential education to Bay Area high schools serving underrepresented communities. Outdoor education has for too long been reserved for students from privileged, high income districts with the money to dedicate to creating and running these programs. As a result we see a significant imbalance of outdoor professionals coming from POC and LBGTQ communities. At BOWS we are directly and actively changing the culture and community of outdoor education and careers outdoors. 

We currently work with six Bay Area high schools, from Richmond to Sunnyvale, providing high quality, UC approved elective outdoor programs like Bike Shop, Wilderness Leadership, Adventure Science, Local Wilderness, and more. Because our students come from low income districts we rely on community support to provide them with the tools they need for a successful education. Especially now during global pandemic, virtual school is much harder on low income families. Help us provide materials to our students and ensure a generation of people more connected with the natural world, more concerned with resources, and better equipped to become environmental leaders. 
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Allows 1 full scholarship for POC students in Fox Walkers teen leadership classes or internship/work experience programs.
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