Oxbow Farm Education
Oxbow offers inspired farm education programs for kids of all ages.
We are, primarily, a real, working farm. Our educators facilitate authentic experiences and meaningful opportunities for kids to learn about the plants, critters, AND farmers that bring Oxbow to life. Children at Oxbow learn by exploring–they meet and engage with real farmers, harvest and eat real organic vegetables, and see, hear, and feel the life breathing everywhere on our farm.
We provide a variety of programming year-round. We hope you will find a way to connect with us here at Oxbow.
|Spring Farm Adventures||Summer Camps||Fall Farm Adventures||In-School Programs|
|Spring SowDown Festival||Summer Slow Down Festival||Fall HoeDown Festival|
Preschool and Elementary School Field Trips
Over 3,000 pre-school and elementary school students visited the farm in 2014 on school field trips. In our Farm Adventures series, students tour the farm for 75 minutes and learn the WHERE, the WHAT, and some of the HOW behind vegetable farming.
Oxbow Farm tours are interactive and educational. Students meet and learn, hands-on, from real farmers. They explore real fields and harvest and eat real vegetables.
We offer tours in the spring, summer, and fall.Register
Oxbow in-School Visits
January – March
Since 2012, Oxbow’s education team has been visiting preschool and elementary classrooms around the Puget Sound. Oxbow’s in-school programs focus on worms and compost, seeds, and soil.
Farmers are available to visit classrooms Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from January through March.
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 cycle of a pumpkin in reverse, from seed to seeding fruit.
Organic Farming 101
In these 2-hour experiences, students learn hands-on about the challenges and rewards of organic farming. A 90-minute farm tour is followed by approximately 30 minutes of guided farm work.
Organic Farming 101 covers such topics as plant biology, pest management, soil fertility, environmental conservation and water quality, and the current trend of industrial agriculture in America.
Summer is a wonderful time for kids to visit the farm. Our summer camps give kids an opportunity to dig deeper–literally–into exploring where their food comes from. We offer multiple weeks of camp for kids of all ages.
Our camp lineup for 2015 will be available soon! Registration opens on January 1.
In the meantime, check out our summer camp video to get a taste of what summer camp is like at Oxbow.
Oxtober U-pick Pumpkin Patch
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
Oxbow Kids’ Club
Kids’ Club is a two-hour monthly program for those kids who are interested in building long-lasting relationships with the farm. Kids experience, first-hand, the changes on the farm from season to season.
They will sow and plant pumpkins, hunt for critters in the rhubarb, explore the surrounding forest, and harvest according to what is in season. Kids’ Club is child-led, experiential, and our best means of helping kids establish lasting connections with their food source.
Meet Your Farmers
Farmer Sarah started Oxbow Farm with her husband, Luke, in 1999. She took a short hiatus from the action when their daughter, Pearl, was born, but returned to the farm in 2010 to head up the creation of Oxbow’s education programs. Her passion and green thumb are behind the entire Living Playground area and 1-acre Kids’ Farm. Sarah loves working with kids. Before starting Oxbow, Sarah worked as the Garden Educator in residence at Seattle Tilth.
Farmer Pat joined Sarah in March 2014 to help handle the extra jobs associated with Oxbow’s expanding education programs. Pat wears several hats at Oxbow, including school tour coordinator and leader, volunteer program manager, summer camp director, and social media guru. Pat has a background in environmental education, having developed programs and taught kids of all ages in various settings in the United States and abroad.