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Policies

This page includes two important Wilderness Awareness School policies:

  • The Privacy Policy, which governs our use of your information gathered through our website, and
  • Our Non-Discrimination Policy, which affirms our commitment to an environment that honors and respects every human being.

Privacy Policy

The Wilderness Awareness School has strict privacy practices. This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for www.wildernessawareness.org. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected on this web site. It identifies:

  • What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used, and with whom it may be shared;
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data;
  • The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information; and
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. Only the Wilderness Awareness School has access to and/or collects the information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We are particularly sensitive to the privacy of the youth we serve. No personal information about youth or adults is sold, rented or traded to third parties.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. For example, if you are registering for a summer camp program, we will request information from you on our registration system. To register your child, you must provide contact information (like name, mailing address and email address) and financial information (like your credit card number and expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to complete your registration. If we have trouble completing a registration or processing an order for a product, such as our Coyote’s Guide, we'll use this information to contact you.

If you choose to opt in to receive email messages from us, we use your email address per stated preferences in your individual profile to send you email messages that may be of interest to you, tell you about new programs or events, keep you updated on our organization’s activities and fund development needs, and/or inform you of changes to this privacy policy. We may also use information gathered about you to customize the content that may be of interest to you. For example, if you enrolled a child in a youth summer camp, we may use the information to send you invitations to enroll that child in future years.

We use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill users for programs, books and other items. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes beyond filling your order.

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

From time to time, Wilderness Awareness School requests information via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and email address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site, our programs or our services.

We use "cookies" on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor's hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. For instance, when we use a cookie to identify you, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site.

We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to register a child for camp or to order the Kamana Naturalist Training series, or to better understand your needs, e.g. in conjunction with a market research study. When we do use a third party, such as a market research firm or a newsletter distribution service, to assist in outreach, we confirm that their privacy policy conforms to ours.

We may also use information, such as IP addresses, gathered from our website to assess website performance, protect our site against unauthorized access, improve website content, or troubleshoot problems. We do aggregate and analyze information gathered from you and other users to help us improve the value of content to our community, improve the design of our site, and assess interest in programs, events and initiatives. This aggregated information cannot be used to personally identify you.

We may disclose information we collect from you if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that disclosure is necessary (a) to obey the law or comply with legal process served on us; (b) to protect and defend our rights or property or the rights or property of other users of our web site; or (c) to act in an emergency to protect the personal safety of users of our web site or the public.

If we merge or are combined with any other organization, or if we transfer all or substantially all of our assets or operations to another organization, we may disclose information we collect from you to the other organization so that the other organization can continue to provide services to you. The other organization will be bound by this Privacy Policy.

Your Access to and Control over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. To do so, email info@wildernessawareness.org or call our main phone number: 425-788-1301.

Security

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way using a third-party service. You can verify the integrity of their site security by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our camp directors, registration team or instructors) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment, and we use firewalls to help prevent outside parties from accessing our database server through the Internet.

Updates

We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy at any time, with or without notice. All updates will be posted on this page. If you continue using our website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy, you agree to be bound by the changes to the Privacy Policy.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 425-788-1301 or info@wildernessawareness.org.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Wilderness Awareness School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

Wilderness Awareness School is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate, and we do take measures to ensure against discrimination in program participation, employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.