Oxbow Farm

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

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring Farm Adventures Summer Camps Fall Farm Adventures In-School Programs
Spring SowDown Festival Summer Slow Down Festival Fall HoeDown Festival  
  Pumpkin Patch  

 

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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.

Spring Adventures  | Fall Adventures | Summer Adventures |  Testimonials

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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.

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Pumpkin Package

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.

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Organic Farming 101

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.

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Summer Camps

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

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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

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Meet Your Farmers

Meet your farmersFarmer 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.