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 2018 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.

2018 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!

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.

Sessions include

Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, nature journal, and crafts

 

Registering siblings?

The code CAMPSIB18 should be applied ONCE for $15.00 off your total.

Farm & Forest Homes

$310Full day, 9am-3pm
  • SESSION FULL
  • Session: June 25-29
  • Ages 4-6

Farm & Forest Homes

$310Full day, 9am-3pm
  • SESSION FULL
  • 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! 

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.

Sessions include

Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, nature journal, and crafts

 

Registering siblings?

The code CAMPSIB18 should be applied ONCE for $15.00 off your total.

Dig In!

$310Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • SESSION FULL
  • Session: July 9-13
  • Ages 7-12

Dig In!

$240Half day, 10AM-2PM
  • SESSION FULL
  • Session: July 23-27
  • Ages 4-6

Dig In!

$310Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • SESSION FULL
  • Session: Aug. 13-17
  • 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.

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Mailing List

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Meet your farmers!

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. After obtaining a degree in Environmental Science from Colorado College, 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 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 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. In late 2017, Farmer Becca uprooted her Rocky Mountain lifestyle and moved to the Pacific Northwest to join the Oxbow Education Team as their Environmental Education Program Coordinator. She is excited to continue guiding agricultural and environmental education programs so the next generation of children can lead with a solid environmental foundation.

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 Shannon

Sprouting up on the shores of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania, Shannon has always been passionate about protecting our natural resources. While obtaining her Environmental Engineering BA degree at Gannon University, she gained experience in industrial environmental regulation. Shannon brought her experience to Seattle where she assisted with contamination remediation construction projects, and soil, sediment, and water sampling. Shannon also taught future engineers basic math and science skills through fun and exploring with Legos. In 2017, her enthusiasm for organic farming, conservation, and teaching young ones brought her to Oxbow, where she now helps form the next generation of environmental stewards.