Restoration

At the end of the 19th century, farmers cleared vast forests of alder, maple, and massive cedar from the Valley. Nature seemed infinite, and over time farmers cleared the trees and shrubs right up to the riverbanks, not realizing that those riparian forests were central strands in the Valley’s web of life. Riparian forests filter silt and nutrients from runoff headed to the river, produce woody debris to shelter maturing salmon, and provide homes for a wide range of wildlife. Without streamside vegetation, precious farmland soil is lost to the river, fewer birds visit to regulate crop pests, and there are fewer homes for the native pollinators that ensure abundant crops.

For the last 15 years, Oxbow has been working with organizations like Stewardship Partners, King Conservation District, and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum to clear invasive species from our lands and re-plant native streamside forests. Oxbow was one of the first farms to be designated certified Salmon-Safe in the Puget Sound Region. Today, guided by a comprehensive Ecological Management Plan for the property, we continue the work of restoration with more energy and hope than ever.

Restoration Work Parties

Restoration volunteers at work.

Our volunteers help us to restore the native habitats around the Oxbow property, promoting diversity of wildlife and plants and maintaining healthy water, soil, and air for growing food and people. Join us as we plant native trees and shrubs and remove the invasive plants that crowd out our beautiful native species.

Restoration work parties are usually 3 to 4 hours long, including a brief tour of the farm and nursery and an introduction to Oxbow’s history and mission. No experience or special tools are necessary, but all work parties occur outdoors and involve physical work such as digging, pulling, and lifting. We will provide gloves, tools, and water for drinking and washing hands.

How to participate

Sign up for scheduled volunteer restoration events or set up a private restoration event for your group by contacting our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator at dawn@oxbow.org. Please be sure to indicate which event you are signing up for in your e-mail subject line.

When you come, use Oxbow’s Public Entrance at 268th Ave NE, park in the marked areas, and meet near the Farm Stand. We will meet at the start time (rain or shine!) and walk to our restoration site from there. Wear close-toed shoes, come dressed for the weather, rain or shine, and bring long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect yourself from blackberry spines. Bring a reusable water bottle and snacks or a lunch, too!

If you are interested in receiving regular updates about our restoration work parties, contact our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator at dawn@oxbow.org or follow us on Facebook.

2019 Restoration Work Party Schedule

We’re excited to have you join us for some satisfying restoration work that protects native plants and improves habitat for wildlife of all kinds! Please RSVP using the green button below.

Saturday, November 16th | 10AM-2PM

Saturday, December 7th | 10AM-2PM

Sunday, December 15th | 10AM-2PM

Saturday, January 11th | 10AM-2PM

Sunday, January 26th | 10AM-2PM

Sunday, February 2nd | 10AM-2PM

Saturday, February 29th | 10AM-2PM

Saturday, March 14th | 10AM-2PM

Sunday, March 22nd | 10AM-2PM

RSVP for a Restoration Work Party

Minor Waivers

Please note that while we welcome minors to volunteer with us, the following waiver must be filled out by a parent or guardian and returned to our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator, either by email at dawn@oxbow.org or in person, the day of your volunteer event!

Minor Volunteer Service Agreement and Photo Release


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Oxbow is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, and we can’t do this work without your help! We’re grateful for your contributions.

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