Summer Camps

Through week-long camp sessions, Oxbow Summer Camps provide a safe and fun space for campers to express themselves in the outdoors, rain and shine, with plenty of shade for a break from the sun. Camp sessions are full of exploration, art, games, songs, fresh farm foods, nature connection activities, and more, as we seek to guide campers along a path of environmental literacy and land stewardship through hands-on, inquiry-based activities here in the fertile Snoqualmie Valley.

Oxbow’s one-acre Kids’ Farm and one-of-a-kind Living Playground are built, planted, and maintained with kids in mind by our Oxbow Education staff. Our Summer Camp instructors, all CPR/First Aid certified, are trained in inquiry-based environmental education and nature connection for children of all ages. Camp groups of ages 4-6 maintain a 9:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, and groups of ages 7-12 have a ratio of 12:1. Camp groups are also joined by at least one volunteer for the entire week.

For summer 2017 we are offering two distinct camps, linking our classic farm camp themes with Oxbow’s surrounding land beyond the farm. Camps are adapted to be age-appropriate with advanced challenges, adventures, and skill building for older campers. Pick the camp that works best for your child or sign up for multiple sessions and enjoy unique experiences each week.

2017 Summer Camp Photo Album

2018 Summer Camp Sessions

Farm and Forest Homes | Ages 4-6 and 7-12

Make your home at Oxbow for the week and discover the plants, wild animals, and maybe even the magical beings that live here, too! From buzzing bees and tiny tree frogs to engineering beavers, learn what it means to have a healthy habitat for everyone, including humans. Design and build homes for your favorite creatures, big and small, real or imaginary. Travel back in time to experience the history of humans surviving in the Snoqualmie Valley through interactive games, stories, and challenges. Eat farm-fresh foods every day and share the bounty with those in need through a special harvest to benefit local food banks. Play nature games, search for snakes, squish through mud, and spend all day outdoors truly connecting with the land.

The fun doesn’t have to stay on the farm! Our Camp Farm Stand will be open at the end of every camp day so you can take home your new-found favorite organic veggies and support the Oxbow mission. The week ends with a fun, bountiful, free Family Farmer’s Market led by all our campers!

Sessions include: Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, nature journal, and crafts

Summer Camp FAQs: Farm info, policies, what to bring, location, and more!

Throughout the week, campers will experience:

  • Storytelling, songs, and team building
  • Creative play and hands-on activities
  • Nature connection games
  • Native plant foraging*
  • Fairy, gnome, and animal home building*
  • Harvesting and eating fresh farm foods
  • Hay ride tour of Oxbow’s organic production farm
  • Farm fun in the great outdoors, all day long, rain or shine!

*Unique to this camp session.

Farm & Forest Homes

$300Full day, 9am-3pm
  • Session: June 25-29
  • Ages 4-6

Farm & Forest Homes

$300Full day, 9am-3pm
  • Session: July 30-August 3
  • Ages 7-12

Dig In! | Ages 4-6 and 7-12

If you’re ready to get down and dirty on a real working farm, this camp is for you! Dig in to real farm projects like planting, weeding, and watering in the farm field and garden beds. Harvest and prepare fresh farm snacks, explore the soil where organic farming begins, get to know animal helpers and pests, and discover how a healthy natural environment supports Oxbow’s robust farm. Help share the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labor and fight hunger in our community through a special harvest to benefit local food banks. Travel back in time and experience the history of farmers settling in the Snoqualmie Valley through interactive games, stories, and challenges. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at how food gets from the fields to your table, and participate in a veggie packing relay game!

The fun doesn’t have to stay on the farm! Our Camp Farm Stand will be open at the end of every camp day so you can take home your new-found favorite organic veggies and support the Oxbow mission. The week ends with a fun, bountiful, free Family Farmer’s Market led by all our campers!

Sessions include: Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, nature journal, and crafts

Summer Camp FAQs: Farm info, policies, what to bring, location, and more!

 

Throughout the week, campers will experience:

  • Storytelling, songs and team building
  • Creative play and hands-on activities
  • Nature connection games
  • Real farm projects and skill building*
  • Hearty farm-to-fork snacks that campers help harvest and prepare*
  • Harvesting and eating fresh farm foods
  • Hay ride tour of Oxbow’s organic production farm
  • Farm fun in the great outdoors, all day long, rain or shine!

*Unique to this camp session.

Dig In!

$300Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Session: July 9-13
  • Ages 7-12

Dig In!

$230Half day, 10AM-2PM
  • Session: July 23-27
  • Ages 4-6

Dig In!

$300Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Session: Aug. 13-17
  • Ages 4-6

Mailing List

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Volunteer with us!

Our camps would not be possible if it weren’t for the help of our dedicated summer camp volunteers. Volunteers assist instructors by caring for campers and helping to facilitate activities. This is a great learning opportunity for anyone interested in environmental education.

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Meet your farmers!

Our OxEd Team, from L to R: Meredith, Shea, Nora, Kevin, and Hallie.

Farmer Hallie

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.

Farmer Meredith

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.

Farmer Shea

Grown fresh right here in the Pacific Northwest, Shea has always been inspired by the enormous trees and equally impressive little mosses that so quickly colonize every available surface. Applying this enthusiasm for nature’s treasures large and small, Shea has worked as a naturalist throughout Oregon and Washington and balanced educational theory with hands-on experience to graduate with an Environmental Education BA from Huxley College. From serving on riparian restoration crews to installing permaculture landscapes in Seattle, Shea enjoys exploring the ways humans can work with nature to create resilient habitats in both rural and urban environments. Farmer Shea couldn’t be more excited to explore healthy food and native ecology, build a loving community, and make discoveries with Oxbow’s adventurous young learners!

Farmer Kevin

Kevin comes to Oxbow having grown vegetables at urban and rural farms in Arkansas, raised cattle and poultry in Ireland, and managed Willowood Farm on Whidbey Island. While growing food, Kevin also mentored at-risk high school youth and acted as an educator for learners of all ages. As the OxEd Farmer–Educator, Kevin is excited to keep his hands in the soil and his boots dirty while inspiring future generations of farmers, foodies, and environmentalists.

Farmer Nora

Nora earned her degree in Sustainable Food and Farming at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, where she studied the practical, scientific, and social aspects of the food system. She found her passion as an outdoor educator while working and teaching in the permaculture garden on the University campus. Since then she has traveled, farmed, and taught in various parts of the country, but fell in love with the Northwest’s landscape and communities and is now happy to call it home. She has always enjoyed spending time with children, who inspire her to laugh, learn, and love more, and she is excited to grow food, explore, and discover with the campers and staff at Oxbow!

Farmer Becca

Farmer Becca germinated her love of environmental education on the eastern shores of North Carolina’s Atlantic coast.  Her love of people and place inspired her degree in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in human – environment relationships and Journalism (BA) through the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  During a three year pit stop in the dreamy mountain landscape of Carbondale, Co, Becca was a farmer at a nonprofit organization called Sustainable Settings, an educational ranch anchored by experiential teaching/learning.  She later extended her roots out to join Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) where she was an environmental educator in the classrooms and on their farm at Rock Bottom Ranch.  Farmer Becca uprooted her Rocky Mountain lifestyle to the Pacific Northwest to join the Oxbow Education Team late 2017 as their Environmental Education Program Coordinator and is excited to continue guiding agricultural and environmental education programs so the next generation of children can lead with a solid environmental foundation.