Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Oxbow awarded EPA grant

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Oxbow is proud to announce that we have been awarded an EPA environmental education grant, which is allowing us to partner with a low-income neighboring school to provide their kindergarteners with environmental education and outdoor learning experiences. Over the course of their academic year, students will have multiple exposures to environmental education in the classroom, at Oxbow’s Kids’ Farm, and in school greenspaces that will be installed with assistance from the project. The program will focus on access to the outdoors … read more…

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The history of Oxbow Farm

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Every day of summer camp starts with a story. On the first day of camp, Farmer Sarah relates the history of the land that is now Oxbow Farm in her usual style: animated, engaging, and full of magic. This appeared in our newsletter August 3. Sign up to receive it. Want more Ox? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter.

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Summer camp so far

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Our first week of summer camp, Mission: Explore, was for our youngest campers, 4-6 year-olds. Our youngest camp weeks are full of the magic–with the littlest campers come the biggest imaginations, and our farm is alive not only with plants, people, and animals, but also gnomes, trolls, fairies, and all variety of rarely-seen (but by no means nonexistent) creatures. Mission: Explore photos Week two of summer camp was our special, themed week. “Share the Peas” camp is focused on “philanthro-pea”–our … read more…

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The OTHER farm season

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Springtime sets in at Oxbow in a series of magical moments. There’s the slow and steady greenhouse germination of this season’s crops, the croaking of the frogs, the rain. The return of blue herons to the oxbow lake and the nests of smaller birds hidden in the rhubarb and under the eaves of the barn. But perhaps the MOST magical part of being at Oxbow in spring is the rekindling of the magic of our education programs. We begin welcoming … read more…

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Oxbow recognized as Kids Outside Alliance awardee

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We are proud to announce that Oxbow was recognized as an awardee in the inaugural Kids Outside Alliance awards for the success and importance of our environmental education programs. Kids Outside Alliance (KOA) is a volunteer-run organization with the goal of rallying regional community support for the needs of nonprofits connecting Seattle-area K-12 youth with the natural outdoors. Its first awards ceremony was held on Saturday, May 9th at Georgetown Brewing Co. in Seattle. Oxbow was recognized as one of … read more…

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Vote for us in the Golden Teddys!

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Remember a few weeks ago when we were asking for help with nominating us for a Golden Teddy Award? Well, enough of you lent your hands to make us a finalist in this year’s awards, and we need to make ONE more ask: Now that we are a finalist, we need votes so that we can win in the categories of Nature/Environmental Camps and U-Picks and Family Farms. Want to help us out? Here’s what to do. 1. Click here … read more…

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Oxbow farmers visit 19 schools for winter programs

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The farmers have just finished up their busiest season yet of in-school educational programming for kids at schools around King County.   From January through March, Oxbow’s educational farmers Pat and Sarah visited 19 pre-schools and elementary schools in Seattle and on the Eastside, teaching lessons about seeds and worms.  Most of the farmers’ in-school visits were follow-ups to school field trips to the farm in September and October, the second component in a three-part series called the Pumpkin Package. These schools will … read more…

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Nominate us for the Golden Teddys

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Parent Map has just opened the nomination round of its 2015 Golden Teddy Awards. In the past, we have been named finalists for Best Nature/Environmental Camp and Best Farm Fun. This year, we are hoping to draw on the support of our CSA customers, summer campers, and pumpkin patch visitors to take home our first ever award! Want to help us? Here’s what to do 1. Click here 2.  Scroll down to “Nature/Environmental Camps” and write-in “Oxbow Farm” 3. Register. … read more…

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Oxbow parts ways with Wilderness Awareness School

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It is with a mixture of nostalgia, excitement, appreciation, and (a little) regret that Oxbow announces that we will no longer be partnering with our good friends at Wilderness Awareness School for our popular Farm and Forest Camps in 2015. Instead, we will be independently be hosting our own series of summer camps on the farm in July and August For four wonderful years, Oxbow and WAS enjoyed a highly successful summer camp partnership. WAS and Oxbow camp instructors applied WAS’ … read more…

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Summer Camp FAQ

Want to know what Oxbow summer camps are really like before you register? Signed up for camp and don’t know what to expect? Here are the answers to the questions we hear most frequently about our camps. Where the HECK is Oxbow? Not that far away! Oxbow is at 10819 Carnation-Duvall Road (Highway 203) in Carnation—that is IN King County! We are 10 minutes from Redmond and less than 30 minutes from Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Bothell and Woodinville. … read more…

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Apprentice Farmers Camp

August 13-17 | 7-12 year-olds Apprentice Farmers camp is designed for older kids (age 7 to 12) who are ready to dig deeply into the experience of being a farmer. During their week of camp, the farmer apprentices will explore, in a free, creative, and play-based environment, what it means to be an organic farmer. Campers will sow cover crop and dig potatoes. They will plant brassicas and save wild seeds, tend to the three sisters and learn about how corn, beans, … read more…

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Share the Peas camp

July 20-24 | 7-12 year-olds Share the Peas camp is a special week for those campers interested in living the spirit of “philanthro-pea” in spreading summertime love (and produce!) to our friends in need in the community. Over the course of the week, camper will learn about the fruits and vegetables growing on the farm, play games and hear stories, and race around the farm on a competitive scavenger hunt. Activities every day will touch on the subject of hunger … read more…

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Oxbow Seeking Summer Camp volunteers

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Oxbow is seeking volunteer instructors for each week of summer camp this season! Our summer camps are opportunities for kids to engage with the farm and learn about the process of growing food. We strive to give each child meaningful opportunities to connect with the farm. This is only possible with a low instructor to student ratio. Volunteers are vital to our mission of providing quality education and opportunities for connection to our summer campers. This summer, we have four weeks … read more…

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Over 2000 kids visit Oxbow for fall field trips

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The farmers waved goodbye to the season’s last school tour on Wednesday, as 110 kids from University Child Development School (UCDS) headed back to Seattle in a trio of big yellow school buses. The UCDS visit was the final in the farm’s biggest field trip season yet. Over 2,000 kids, from preschool- to high school-age, visited Oxbow with their classes between September and November for our educational farm tours. The vast majority of the schools visiting the farm were pre … read more…

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Summer Camp 2014

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Last season, Oxbow offered 5 weeks of summer camp for kids ages 4-12.   ______________________________________________________________   “Share the Peas” Camp Ages 7-12 “Share the Peas” Camp was a week-long camp for friends of the Oxbow Community. In the spirit of “philanthro-pea,” campers learned about hunger and gleaned in the farm fields to make a donation to Hopelink.   More info and pictures   ______________________________________________________________   Farm and Forest Camps Ages 4-12 Once again in 2014, Oxbow partnered for four weeks of … read more…

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Oxtober Pumpkin Patch

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Oxbow’s most bountiful and beautiful season is fall. Join in the harvest season celebration with us! A real farm with real farm fun! Our pumpkin patch, as well as our Kids’ Farm, is open to visitors Thursday-Sunday this month! Open hours in October: Thursdays, noon – 5pm. Fridays – Sundays, 10am – 5pm What to do Guided activities Scavenger hunts for kids: Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 Farmers Sarah and Pat, Oxbow’s farm educators, will be leading educational scavenger hunts for kids around the Kids’ … read more…

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Farm Tour Testimonials

Oxbow’s field trips are unique in the region for the one-on-one student/farmer interactions. Teachers and parents love visiting the farm as much as the kids! Here are a few teacher reviews of our Fall 2014 field trips: We loved our field trip to Oxbow Farm! The docents got down to talk with the children, but they didn’t talk down to them one bit. We learned about the parts of the plant, not only by looking, but by picking, pulling and tasting … read more…

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Fall Cooking Classes on the Farm this Oxtober

We are offering fall cooking classes this Oxtober for children and adults, ages 9 & up. Saturdays at 12:30 Oxtober 11, 18 & 25 in the Oxbow Kids’ Clubhouse Cost is $10 per person   Autumn Salads Saturday, October 11th at 12:30 Join us for this fun, hands-on salad making class. We will create some scrumptious salads worthy of entrée status at your dinner table using seasonal produce from the farm. Yes, we will even make that Kale Caesar everyone’s … read more…

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Oxbow Pumpkin Package

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The pumpkin package is an educational program for pre-school and elementary students. It is designed for those teachers and educators hoping to give their kids a meaningful, long-lasting connection with the farm and their food. The pumpkin package is a three-part series that unfolds over the course of a school year. It begins with a fall visit to the farm and ends with a return visit in the springtime. Over the course of their three classes, students will trace the life … read more…

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Community Camp 2014

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Ten kids spent the third week in July this year at the farm, helping the farmers “share the peas” in celebration of summertime abundance. The mission of Share the Peas camp was to connect kids to their food supply and to gain allies in our collective mission to alleviate hunger in the community. Share the Peas camp intermixed songs, game, and farm work with interactive lessons focused on finding ways to pay forward the abundance of summertime on an organic … read more…

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Ox/WAS Camps 2014

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This summer, Oxbow partnered for four weeks of summer camp with our neighbors in the Valley, Wilderness Awareness School. For four years, WAS and Oxbow have joined forces for Farm and Forest Camps–day camps for kids that apply WAS’ nature connection philosophy on our vegetable farm. Farm and Forest camps are unique in their child-led structure. Rather than a full schedule of pre-planned activities, Farm and Forest days are different for each group. Instructors facilitate opportunities for campers to learn … read more…

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