Summer Camps

Registration for 2020 Summer Camps begins in early January!

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Feeling sun-warmed soil on your hands. Hearing the soft flutter of hummingbird wings. Tasting a crisp carrot plucked right from the earth. Observing a fuzzy bumblebee laden with pollen, resting on a flower petal. These moments ignite curiosity in young minds and bodies while laying the foundation for life-long connection to the natural world!

Oxbow’s week-long Summer Farm Camps immerse kids in the magic and discovery of nature on an organic vegetable farm and conservation center. Oxbow’s kid-friendly farm fields, forests, and wetlands set the stage for campers to play in, learn about, and connect to the Earth in a safe and inclusive setting. With guidance from our team of experienced environmental educators, Oxbow Summer Camps:

  • Spark creativity through art, stories, songs, and child-led play
  • Connect kids to their food by harvesting and eating farm-fresh fruit and veggies
  • Equip children with tools to care for, better understand, and talk about the health of our environment

All camp sessions are adapted to fit the needs of each age group. Campers are encouraged to join us for multiple sessions!

Oxbow’s one-acre Kids’ Farm and one-of-a-kind Living Playground are built, planted, and maintained with kids in mind. Our Summer Camp instructors, all CPR/First Aid certified, are trained in inquiry-based environmental education and in facilitating nature connections for children of all ages. Camp groups maintain an 11:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, and are also joined by at least one support volunteer for the entire week. Our “Dig Deeper” camp sessions for pre-teens will be limited to 10 campers each, supported by education program staff and volunteers.

All sessions include an Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, a nature journal, and crafts to take home.

Registering Siblings?

Use coupon code CAMPSIB20 for $15 off your total when registering 2 or more siblings. (Coupon codes may not be combined. Please see our policies page.)

Summer Camp Policies

Get important information about cancellations, weather closures, waivers, and more.

Parents/Guardians, please read!

2020 Summer Camp Sessions

Sweet Discoveries 

“I am grateful for the trees & the clouds & the sun” – Summer Camp Alumni

Discover just how sweet Oxbow summer camp can be! Explore the tastiest seasonal treats on the farm while giving thanks to the unique plant parts and winged creatures that make it all possible. Learn about our pollinator pals like bees and birds (and even fairies!) in their special habitats, and engage imaginations and taste buds alike through berry feasting, flower dissecting, and more! Beyond bugs and berries, you’ll take flight on your stewardship journey through building animal homes, harvesting responsibly, cooking up treats with new friends, and respectfully exploring the nature trails. Get creative bringing extra sweetness and kindness to all of Oxbow and your own community, through compassionate actions and crafting special gifts to share. The week ends with a camper-led farmers market full of fun and surprises for the whole family!

All campers will experience:

  • Fairy, gnome, and animal home building
  • Storytelling, songs, and team building
  • Hands-on activities and crafts
  • Nature connection games and creative play
  • Harvesting and eating fresh farm foods
  • Hay ride tour of Oxbow’s organic production farm
  • Daily donation-based Kids’ Farm Stand
  • Fun in the great outdoors, all day long, rain and shine!

Sweet Discoveries

$310Full day, 9am-3pm
  • Early bird pricing ends March 2nd regularly $340
  • Session: June 22-26
  • Ages 4-8

Farm & Forest Homes

$325Full day, 9am-3pm
  • Early bird pricing ends March 3rd regularly $325
  • Session: July 29-August 2
  • Ages 7-11

Guardians of the Plants

“I didn’t used to think I wanted to be a farmer, but now I think I’d give it a try” – Summer Camp Alumni

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: unlock the hidden powers of plants and give a voice to the unsung heroes of our farm fields and the habitats beyond! Work with new friends throughout the week to harvest and prepare fresh farm snacks, gain wisdom from plants and farmers, and discover how plants are used for food, fiber, medicine, and more. Take on the challenge to reduce food waste and recycle plant power through composting practices. Share your own plant knowledge and make signs to help keep all of Oxbow’s plant superheroes (and their helpers!) safe. Take on special roles to help your own camp group thrive, and celebrate together with a mid-week plant party, complete with the sharing of plant-based presents made by you! The week ends with a plant-filled, camper-led farmers market where families are invited to “shop” for free!

All campers will experience:

  • Fairy, gnome, and animal home building
  • Storytelling, songs, and team building
  • Hands-on activities and crafts
  • Nature connection games and creative play
  • Harvesting and eating fresh farm foods
  • Hay ride tour of Oxbow’s organic production farm
  • Daily donation-based Kids’ Farm Stand
  • Fun in the great outdoors, all day long, rain and shine!

Dig In!

$325Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Early bird pricing ends March 3rd regularly $325
  • Session: July 8-12
  • Ages 7-11

Dig In!

$250Half day, 10AM-2PM
  • Early bird pricing ends March 3rd regularly $250
  • Session: July 22-26
  • Ages 4-6

Dig In!

$325Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Early bird pricing ends March 3rd regularly $325
  • Session: Aug. 12-16
  • Ages 4-6

New this year! Dig Deeper | Ages 11-13*

Are you ready to dig deeper into all we do around Oxbow and discover how YOU can make a difference in your community? Grow alongside Oxbow farmers as we tend the Kids’ Farm crops and harvest and process organic produce for hungry customers. Go beyond the farm to learn the importance of local plants and animals, explore what it takes to restore natural habitats in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley, and learn how to care for the land so it can support us all. Through fun workshops and opportunities to mentor younger 4-6 year old campers, you’ll have the chance to learn and lead while exploring your own passions! Our team offers guidance and support in a fun and inclusive setting as you take the next steps on your journey as a compassionate leader.

* 11 year-olds may choose between the new Dig Deeper camp and our traditional camp themes listed above.

Throughout the week, campers will experience:

Hands-on farming:

  • Explore diverse ways of growing food
  • Work alongside our Farmers and Educators
  • Set up and manage farm stand for camp families

Nature connections:

  • Investigate how a farm is part of a greater habitat
  • Participate in native plant restoration
  • Create habitat features to invite more wild animals to the farm (including fairies & gnomes)

Mentoring/ leadership opportunities:

  • Participate in a leadership workshop; practice new skills and gain experience as a leader
  • Mentor younger campers, helping them to prepare farm fresh snacks, stay safe and have fun in the outdoors
  • Discover ongoing opportunities to connect with Oxbow and your community

Dig Deeper

$325Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Early bird pricing ends March 3rd regularly $325
  • Session: July 22-26
  • Ages 11-13

Dig Deeper

$325Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Early bird pricing ends March 3rd regularly $325
  • Session: August 12-16
  • Ages 11-13

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 and who loves working with kids. Learn more.