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.
Dig In! | Ages 4-6 and 7-12
Spend a week digging into real farm projects and enjoying the summer bounty with healthy snacks you harvest and prepare! Investigate the living soil where organic farming begins, then journey beyond the farm to find your wild side in the forest. Explore the important links between a healthy natural environment and a robust organic farm. Get to know the wild animals who can be both helpers and pests on the farm. Get creative by working on your own garden plot and design a mini farm to take home. Help share the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labor and fight hunger in our community by harvesting produce for a local food bank. To end the week, bring the harvest home with a camper-lead farmer’s market where families can shop for free.
Sessions include a t-shirt, nature journal, and take-home 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
- Real, fun farm projects and skill building
- Hearty farm-to-fork snacks that campers help harvest and prepare
- Hay ride tour of 30-acre organic production farm
- Session: July 10-14
- Ages 7-12
- Session: July 24-28
- Ages 4-6
- Session: August 14-18
- Ages 4-6
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.
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!