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 visits|
|Kids’ birthday parties|
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Field Trips for Kids
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.
You can register for your field trips online. For groups larger than 50, please reserve two consecutive spots. Click here to registerRegister
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. In 2016, we will have five weeks of camp:
|Mission: Explore (ages 4-6)||June 27-31; July 25-29|
|Apprentice Farmers (ages 5-12)||July 11-15; August 8-12; August 15-19|
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.
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.
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.
Winter in-school visits
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.
Meet Your Farmers
Meredith joined Oxbow in April 2015 to help with the logistical dimensions of our education programs. Meredith graduated from the University of Vermont and fell in love with garden education at Seattle Tilth’s Children’s Garden. She bounced around Washington as an environmental educator for several years, ending up on Orcas Island at Camp Orkila where she worked seasonally as an outdoor environmental educator and lead gardener. Meredith is the lead farmer coordinating school programs and summer camp and developing curriculum for further program development