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 Field Trips||Summer Camps||Fall Field Trips||In-School Programs|
|Mother’s Day Plant Sale||Summer Camp Field Trips||Pumpkin Patch|
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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. This year, we have four weeks of camp:
|Mission: Explore (ages 4-6)||July 6-10; August 3-7|
|Share the Peas (ages 7-12)||July 20-24|
|Apprentice Farmers (ages 7-12)||August 10-14|
Preschool and Elementary School Programming
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 and visit classrooms in the winter.Register
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.
Family Farm Days
For the first time this season, Oxbow’s Kids’ Farm will be open, for free, one Sunday every month.
Starting in May, our Family Farm Days offer anyone the chance to visit Oxbow and experience the magical atmosphere of our educational farm, garden, and playground.
The farm will be open for visitors on the first Sunday of the month, from 10:00 to 2:00. Bring the family and a picnic!
Environmental Education Coalition
Oxbow is one of many local organizations dedicated to helping children learn about nature and their place in natural systems. Together, these organizations reach hundreds of thousands of Western WA schoolchildren every year.
Oxbow seeks to be a leader in creating a coalition of organizations involved in the effort to educate our youth about the environment. In creating this coalition, we hope to promote collaboration, provide a forum for skill- and resource-sharing, and strengthen the voice of the local environmental education community.
If you are interested in becoming a partner in this effort, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Thurs, noon – 5pm. Fri-Sun, 10am – 5pm
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.