Oxbow Farm Education
Oxbow offers inspired farm education programs for kids of all ages.
We are 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 for young people of all ages. We hope you can find a way to connect with us
|Spring field trips||Organic Farming 101||Pumpkin Patch|
|Summer field trips|
|Fall field trips|
|Winter Farmer in the Classroom program|
|Kids’ birthday parties|
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Farmer in the Classroom
During winter’s dark and dreary months, Oxbow’s educational farmers travel around the Puget Sound, visiting classrooms with mobile lessons about seeds, worms, and composts.
Lessons are appropriate for preschool through fifth grade. Programs are available 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.
Field Trips for Kids
Thousands of pre-school and elementary school students visited the farm in 2016 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. If you visit us in the fall and bring a farmer to your classroom in the winter, you get 50% off your Spring Farm Adventure!
You can register for your field trips online. For groups larger than 50, please reserve two consecutive spots. Click here to registerRegister
Summer Farm Tours
We play host, in the heat of July and August, to many local summer day camp field trips. Our summer farm field trips are guided, 75-minute farm tours. Kids explore our fields on a scavenger hunt for the six plant parts—roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds.
Large groups (50+) are welcome, but may require additional time. All groups are welcome to stay for a picnic lunch.
Tours are available in July and August during weeks when we are not offering summer camps on the farm.Register
Organic Farming 101 Field Trips
Organic Farming 101 is a program for 6th grade-college students. Content can be tailored according to students’ knowledge.
In these 2-hour experiences, students learn about the economic and ecological 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.Register
Birthday parties at Oxbow
Oxbow is a fantastic place for a birthday party. Birthday parties take place on the Kids’ Farm, a large, outdoor space where children can play, learn, and be inspired by the outdoors.
The Kids’ Farm contains a 1-acre educational farm, a “Living Playground” of tunnels and teepees, a small, covered greenhouse (the Kids’ Clubhouse) and ample outdoor picnic space.
Birthdays are offered May – October.
Volunteer with us!
Volunteers support Oxbow’s education programs year round. All volunteers receive training in Oxbow’s unique brand of education.
Summer camp volunteers help our instructors manage small groups of camper in our weekly day camp setting. Learn more and apply
Kids Farm Volunteer Naturalists work with our educators during school field trip season to lead farm tours with preschool and elementary school students. We recruit volunteers on a rolling basis for our spring and summer series of Farm Adventures. Learn more and apply
Kids Farm Volunteers assist with upkeep and management of our educational farm. Learn more and apply
Volunteers must pass a background check.
Meet Your Farmers
Drawn to Washington from arid Kansas by the green trees and beautiful waterways, Hallie brings her enthusiasm for agriculture and sustainability to Oxbow Education programs. Hallie has educated in many settings, including a wetlands nature center in Colorado and through outreach to local farmers at WSU Extension. Eager to connect to fresh food and fresh young minds, she joined OxEd in early 2016. Hallie appreciates the deep influence of the changing seasons on food and farming and shares that awe and wonder with the young people that visit Oxbow.
An East Coast transplant and University of Vermont graduate, Meredith moved to Seattle in 2012 and promptly felt at home teaching garden education through Seattle Tilth’s Children’s Garden. She bounced around western Washington as an environmental educator for several years, including at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island, where she got paid in sunsets. Meredith became Education Program Coordinator and Summer Camp Director at Oxbow in 2015 and can often be found walking in the woods and admiring seeds.
Grown fresh right here in the Pacific Northwest, Shea spent childhood summers sailing the Puget Sound and winters visiting waterfalls along the Columbia River. Following the flow of fresh water from the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean, finding fantastic creatures under rocks, and discovering resilient plants clinging to cliff sides have inspired Shea to explore the life-giving connections between water, plants, animals, soil, and of course, humans. Farmer Shea couldn’t be more excited to share secret spots, learn about healthy food and native ecology, build community, and make discoveries with Oxbow’s adventurous young learners!