Oxbow Farm

Four seasons of farm fun for schools and families!

FALL

Kids Farm Adventures for preschool – 5th grade
Pumpkin Package program for preschool – 5th grade
Organic Farming 101 for middle and high school
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch in Oxtober: Thursday 12 – 6; Friday – Sunday 10 – 6
Harvest HoeDown Festival on September 28th

WINTER

Oxbow-In-School Visits for preschool – 5th grade

SPRING

Kids Farm Adventures for preschool – 5th grade
Organic Farming 101 for middle and high school
Spring SowDown festival on May 4th

SUMMER

Farm & Forest Summer Camps in partnership with Wilderness Awareness School

Oxbow Community Camp for 7 – 12 year olds

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Fall Farm Adventures

Fall Farm Adventures – September through mid-November

Who: Preschool – 5th grade.
When:  Monday – Friday; 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15; 12:30-1:45
What: These creative adventures open kids’ eyes, ears, noses, and taste buds to the magic of a real vegetable farm. Fall is ALL about the food. Adventurers will…

  • Learn about the six parts of a plant that we can eat
  • Hunt around the farm for edibles
  • Observe creepy critters and learn about soil
  • Explore the Children’s Garden & play games in our Living Playground
  • Take home a sugar pie pumpkin (with pie recipe card)! 

Cost: $140 for up to 20 students. For groups with more than 20 students, there is an additional charge of $7 per child.
To Register: To sign up, check out our CALENDAR

To give your students a sense of our farm, and get them excited about visiting Oxbow Farm and Education Center, check out our photo and video album!

SCHOLARSHIPS: If field trip costs pose a hardship, please contact us at education@oxbow.org for scholarship information.

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Oxbow Pumpkin Package

YES, it is PUMPKIN SEASON!  …but where does your pumpkin ACTUALLY BEGIN? Not with the October Stork!

In this series of farm connections, we will trace the pumpkin back to its origins as a little tear-drop seed in the Spring, and witness the Pumpkin Circle come to life!  Your students get to see all the seasons of a farm through the lens of their pumpkin.

Your Pumpkin Package starts at Oxbow this autumn for a FALL FARM FORAGE:

Where you take the 6-Plant-Part Scavenger Hunt on the Kids Farm, choose your sugar pumpkins from our Pumpkin Patch, and haul back to class a BIG Jack o lantern and other farm bounty.

NEXT, an Oxbow Farmer comes to your classroom for a WINTER SEED CELEBRATION:

What happens to our pumpkins in winter?  They die, go back to the soil…but leave their SEEDS behind to grow for next year!  We will explore, snack on, and celebrate seeds, those little compact packages full of life and determination.

LASTLY, you re-visit Oxbow for a SPRING SOIL STUDY:

Here we are, the season where our pumpkins REALLY begin!  We will learn that soil ALSO EATS, and how best to feed it—through compost, with worms, by cover cropping.  We will take our seeds from last fall and plant them in this rich soil! And make some soil pots to take home our own starts.

Here’s the deal:

1 fall farm visit + 1 winter farmer visit = 50% off your spring farm visit

To register, check out our calendar!

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Organic Farming 101

Who: Middle and High School Students

When: September 22 – November 14, Monday – Friday at 11:00

What: Oxbow Farmers give a mean “Organic Farming 101” course where students learn:

  • How organic farmers grow their soil, not their crops
  • Why we can’t grow bananas—and what we CAN grow!
  • Snakes, coyotes, worms, spiders, hawks—the OTHER farmers
  • Organic farming essentials: crop rotation and cover cropping
  • Fire, vacuums, and other organic farming techniques to keep pests away
  • The importance of native plants surrounding our farm fields
  • How can YOU eat more locally?—take the Oxbow Challenge!

Then we will WORK on seasonal farm jobs including weeding, planting, mulching, etc. to “keep it real”!

Please let us know if you would like a tailored Organic Farming 101 course to match your curriculum! In addition to the core topics you may include an emphasis in Social Justice, Environmental Conservation or Local & Organic Foods.

Cost: $100/hr for groups of up to 20, additional $5/student/hour charge after that. You may schedule a 1-3 hr tour.

To register: Contact us for registration details: Education@oxbow.org

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HoeDown Festival

The HoeDown is a rocking-good-time celebration of high harvest season on our farm. The festival offers arts and crafts, games, and educational activities for kids and adults including (but not limited to)…

  • Apple-bobbing
  • Popcorn-popping
  • Cider pressing
  • Scavenger-hunting
  • Arts and craftsing
  • Cooking demo
  • A grease pole
  • Live music
  • Food trucks

And, of course, MUCH MORE!

As always, our children’s garden and 1-acre kids’ farm will be open to explore.

When: Sunday, September 28, noon-4

Tickets: $5 presale; $7 at the door

Want to see pictures from last year? Check ‘em out!

 

Tickets here
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Oxbow U-Pick Pumpkin Patch in Oxtober

Open Thursday from 12 pm – 5 pm & Friday to Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm.

Oxbow’s most bountiful and beautiful season is Fall, join in the harvest season celebration with us! A real farm, with real farm fun! On Saturdays at 11am your kids can join the Farm Scavenger Hunt (see below for more info).

Come pick pumpkins, produce, and play all day in our Living Playground! Explore our Gourd Tunnel, check out all the creepy critters in our Creepy Tepee, till the back 40 on our Climbing Tractor, get lost in the leafy, lush Three Sisters Spiral, and take aim with our Pumpkin Slingking!

Our U-Pick Pumpkin Patch has thousands of perfect organic pumpkins waiting to be found by you and taken home to be carved into Jack-o-Lanterns… or made into pies.

Oxbow’s famous Farm Stand will be open and selling our finest produce – all organically grown varietals harvested at the PEAK of freshness!

Take a self-guided tour of our farm – our “Guess the Veg” signs will test your veggie knowledge! And then picnic under the Grape Arbor or on the grassy Amphitheater.

Seasonal favorites:

  • Unique and colorful strains of heirloom winter squash. Fancy pumpkins in a rainbow of colors - pink, red, orange and an array of sizes from mini to GIANT and everything in between.
  • Indian Corn and POPCORN on the cob—grown on the Oxbow Kid’s Farm and SO DELICIOUS!!!
  • Corn stalks  and MAGIC beans for sale!

Click here for directions to our farm

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Spring farm adventures

Spring Farm Adventures - April through mid-June

Who: Preschool -5th grade.
When:  Monday – Friday; 9:30 am or 11:00 am.
What: These creative adventures open kids’ eyes, ears, noses, and taste buds to the magic of a real vegetable farm. Spring is all about planting and kids take home seedling.

  • Explore the Children’s Garden & play games in our Living Playground
  • Observe the creepy critters and learn about soil
  • Sow and snack on seeds
  • Sing songs and hear farm stories

Cost: $100 for up to 20 students. For groups with more than 20 students, there is an additional charge of $5 per child.

To Register: To sign up check out our CALENDAR

To give your students a sense of our farm, and get them excited about visiting Oxbow Farm and Education Center, check out our photo and video album!

SCHOLARSHIPS: If field trip costs pose a hardship, please contact us at education@oxbow.org for scholarship information.

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Farm Scavenger Hunts

Come on a 6 Plant-Part Scavenger Hunt at Oxbow’s Kid’s Farm!  We will taste our way through the fields, sampling the harvest’s finest and singing songs while we explore.

Drop-in tours are held during pumpkin season, every Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am in October. No need to preregister, but plan to arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts so you have plenty of time to park and walk into the farm.

$5 per child

So pack the kids and bring a picnic, and after your tour find a spot in the Children’s Garden for lunch at the farm.

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Oxbow in-School Visits

November through April

Who: All programs are appropriate for preschool – 5th grade; up to 30 students
When: Thursdays – Fridays; 45 – 50 minutes
What: We offer a range of topics, see below!
Cost: Each lesson is $140; two or more consecutive programs are $100 each
To Register: To sign up check out our CALENDAR and let us know what topic you want to learn about

 

Topics

  • “Wonder Worms!” – What makes healthy soil? We explore soil, worms and their role, look at worm anatomy, and play with them in the worm bin.
  • “Grow Garbage into Gardens” – Decomposition, compost, recycle, grown food!
  • “Seeds Feed Me” – Are seeds only for planting? NO! You eat seeds every day! We will explore seeds, play seed games, eat some, and grow some too.
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Summer Camps

Oxbow Community Camp

NEW THIS YEAR: For our wonderful Oxbow Community of friends, valley neighbors and CSA members we offer a very special Oxbow Camp week.

Who: Ages: 7 – 12
When: July 21 – 25, 9am – 3pm
What: Camp theme: “Share the Peas!”

Join us in the first annual Oxbow Community Camp just for friends of the farm. As usual, kids will crunch around on roots in boots and munch for lunch on fruits and shoots! But Oxbow’s Community Camp is special–in addition to the usual farm fun n’ games, we will work together to enliven the spirit of “philanthro-pea” in spreading summertime love-and produce-to our friends in need in the community. Kids will learn about gleaning, harvest for the Food Bank, and help spread the bounty from Oxbow to those who need it most.

Come on down to the farm this summer and help us show our neighbors the REAL meaning of TLC…Tender love and carrots!

Cost: $275
To register: email us at education@oxbow.org

 

Want to get a feel for summer camps at Oxbow? Check out this video.

Farm and Forest Camps

Oxbow Farm is partnering with Wilderness Awareness School to offer Farm and Forest Camps! During this week of daily adventures your child will explore the edge where Farm and Forest meet. In addition to WAS’s unique day camp experience learning about plants, mammals, tracking, birds and survival skills…we’re down on the farm!

Who: Ages 4 – 12
When: Monday – Friday, 10am – 2pm (4-6 year olds); 9am – 3pm (6 – 12 year olds)
What: Kids will dig roots and pick fruits, save, sow, and snack on seeds. They will make their own sun tea, fresh fruit popsicles, and farm burritos. Each day we enjoy storytelling, songs, crafts, and learning about surrounding food, farm and forest life.
Cost: $185 half-day camp, $325 full day camp
To Register: Click the “Register” button below

Register Here
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Oxbow Kids Club

Farmer Sarah leads monthly activities with the Kids Club

Who: Kids ages 6 – 12
When: Second Saturday of the month, May – October; 10am – noon
What: The schedule follows!
Cost: $105; includes Kids Club t-shirt and jack -o-lantern; siblings get 10% off
Bonus! Kids Club members and their families are invited to celebrate the harvest season at our private Harvest Party on Saturday, September 27th from noon – 5pm.

 

Schedule

  • May 10th: Adopt your pumpkin seedling and meet your farm!
  • June 14th: Visit your pumpkin seedlings in the pumpkin patch and play in the Kids’ Farm
  • July 12th: Come meet the 3 Sisters & hide out in the Creepy Tepee
  • August 9th: Water our thirsty plants, scratch names in plump pumpkins, jump through sprinklers
  • September 13th: Go on a 6-plant-part scavenger hunt through the farm fields
  • October 11th: Close the season with farmer Sarah, claim your personal pumpkin, and play in the pumpkin patch

 

Membership is limited to 25 kids so sign up today! Email us at education@oxbow.org.


What To Expect While At Oxbow

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Just like life on the farm, tours take place RAIN AND SHINE! Come prepared for any weather and expect to get dirty! We recommend mud boots, rain coat and a sun/rain hat. In case of heavy downpour we do have shelter in our greenhouse where we can continue our adventure.

Please remember that you will be visiting a working farm. If you have severe allergies to grass, hay, or bees please come prepared.

Picnicking before or after your tour? Please do! We have 4 picnic tables on the lawn for snacking or picnicking. You will need to carry in your lunches from the parking lot, or choose a designated car to shuttle them in. Please pack out all garbage.

Please be on time! If you are late we will have to shorten your tour to keep on schedule. It’s best to plan on arriving 5-10 minutes early. A tour runs best when there is one adult for every 5 children. Adults get to help harvest!