Summer Camps

Through week-long day camp sessions, Oxbow Summer Camps provide a safe and fun space for campers to connect with nature and express themselves in the outdoors, rain and shine! Our team of professional educators guide campers along a path of environmental literacy and land stewardship through exploration, art, games, songs, fresh farm foods, and more!

In 2019 we are offering THREE distinct summer camp themes, including a NEW youth leadership camp for kids ages 11-13!* Camps are adapted to each age group, with advanced challenges, adventures, and skill building for older campers. All camps feature exploring our Kids’ Farm fields and making connections to Oxbow’s surrounding forest and wetlands. Pick the camp that works best for your family or sign up for multiple sessions and enjoy unique experiences each week!

*11 year-olds may choose from our traditional camp themes or try out our new Dig Deeper camp!

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 for kids ages 4-6 maintain a 9:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, and groups for kids ages 7-11 have a ratio of 12:1. Camp groups are also joined by at least one volunteer for the entire week. Our new “Dig Deeper” camp session for pre-teens will be limited to 10 campers, 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 CAMPSIB19 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!

Medical Waivers

 Option 1: Download and print the waiver | Print, sign, scan & email back to us at education@oxbow.org. A photo taken with your phone is fine.

Option 2: Submit waiver online | Fill out and e-sign digitally using a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat, and email the file back to us at education@oxbow.org.

2019 Summer Camp Sessions

Farm and Forest Homes | Ages 4-6 and 7-11

“I am grateful for the trees & the clouds & the sun” –Farm & Forest Homes Camp Alumni

Join the adventure as we explore the farm AND the wild spaces around it, discovering the diverse plants, animals, and humans who call the Snoqualmie Valley home! Design and build homes for your favorite creatures (real or imaginary), participate in real farm projects, harvest and taste plenty of farm fresh foods, and share the bounties of summer with neighbors in need. Play games and share stories as we experience how the human and natural histories of the valley are intertwined, and learn what we can do to continue growing a healthy community for all.

Take home a taste of the farm! Our Camp Farm Stand will be open at the end of every camp day so you can shop for your new-found favorite organic veggies and support Oxbow’s mission. The week ends with a fun, bountiful, free Family Farmer’s Market led by all our campers!

Throughout the week, campers will experience:

  • Fairy, gnome, and animal home building
  • Native plant foraging
  • Storytelling, songs, and team building
  • Creative play and hands-on activities
  • Nature connection games
  • 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 and shine!

Farm & Forest Homes

$325Full day, 9am-3pm
  • Early bird pricing ends March 3rd regularly $325
  • Session: June 24-28
  • Ages 4-6

Farm & Forest Homes

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

Dig In! | Ages 4-6 and 7-11

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

Diggin’ with the worms, singin’ with the birds, and snackin’ on fresh farm foods…summer doesn’t get much better than this! Dig in to fun projects like planting, weeding, and watering, and discover how wild plants and animals can be both pests and helpers on the farm. Harvest and prepare fresh farm snacks, experience how food gets from the soil to your table and share the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labor through a special harvest to benefit local food banks. This camp offers a balance of skill building and personal exploration through storytelling, games, and nature observation in our bountiful kid-friendly organic farm fields.

Take home a taste of the farm! Our Camp Farm Stand will be open at the end of every camp day so you can shop for your new-found favorite organic veggies and support Oxbow’s mission. The week ends with a fun, bountiful, free Family Farmer’s Market led by all our campers!

Throughout the week, campers will experience:

  • Real farm projects and skill building
  • Hearty farm-to-fork snacks that campers help harvest and prepare
  • Storytelling, songs and team building
  • Creative play and hands-on activities
  • Nature connection games
  • 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!

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.