Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Host your event in the heart of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Are you looking for a beautiful, natural setting for your next gathering? Consider Oxbow’s Open Air Spaces, a rustic and tranquil retreat in the Snoqualmie Valley, just 35 minutes from Seattle and an ideal location for private parties, corporate retreats, or group picnics.

The Open Air Spaces offer picnic and meeting space in a beautiful outdoor setting and features a shaded grape arbor, garden beds with herbs and flowers, a small, natural amphitheater, and a “Living Playground” of tunnels and teepees.

The spaces are situated on Oxbow’s 230-acre property between the towns of Duvall and Carnation, in Washington. The landscape is home to a 30-acre organic vegetable farm, a Native Plant Nursery, a 1-acre educational “Kids’ Farm,” and is the site of ongoing work to protect and restore the natural environment.

Oxbow’s staff of farmers, educators, and ecologists are available to share information about sustainable farming and environmental restoration with your group.

To reserve your event, fill out this form and email it to thedirt@oxbow.org.

What’s included

The Open Air Spaces measure approximately 40 by 100 feet of space, made semi-private with natural fencing. Your rental guarantees six hours, including:

  • Exclusive access to the Garden, Amphitheatre, Grape Arbor, and Living Playground for you and your guests (see below, “Spaces available”)
  • Use of 4 picnic tables with seating for 28 adults or 34 children
  • Access to one port-a-potty
  • Facilities for waste disposal (see below, “Waste Policy”)
  • Ample parking
  • Access to drinking water
  • Electricity, if needed
  • We are flexible and can accommodate specific needs. Please contact us (thedirt@oxbow.org) with specific questions.

Enhance your event:

If you need additional infrastructure on-site for your event, we can arrange to have extra port-a-potties, tents, tables, and chairs available, for an additional fee. Contact us for pricing.

Open Air Spaces

The Oxbow Garden

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This lush space is the perfect setting for a quiet retreat, away from traffic and the duties of everyday life. This secluded space is surrounded by nature, flower beds, herb gardens, natural forests, and farmland. Chirping bird included!

The Amphitheater

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The Amphiteater is a special outdoor space your guests will enjoy and works well for presentations and group discussions under the shade of an authentic nautical sail. This space accommodates up to 30 adults.

The Grape Arbor

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The Grape Arbor is designed as a shaded tunnel to provide you and your guests a cool, private seating area for lunches and discussions. The space offers picnic table seating for 25 adults or 35 children.

The Living Playground

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If you have kids coming to your event, the Living Playground is an inspired play area for children with a maze of tunnels, teepees, and other all-natural structures decorated with beautiful flowers and vines.

Pricing

Six consecutive hours of access to the Oxbow Garden, including set-up and tear-down, costs $480. Additional time can be added for $100/hour.

The Open Air Spaces is open for rental every day, weekends included, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Activities and add-ons

For adults: Oxbow’s staff may be available to offer tours around our property that discuss organic farming, habitat restoration, and wildlife conservation. Offerings include:

  • Farm tour ($100 for up to 25 guests): A 1-hour walking tour of our farm fields, basic introduction to organic farming methods and the role of organic farms in the food system. Additional charges will apply if there are more than 25 guests.
  • Conservation tour ($100 for up to 25 guests): A 1-hour walking tour focused on habitat conservation and on the importance of native plants in healthy, resilient landscapes. Additional charges will apply if there are more than 25 guests.

For kids: Our environmental education staff are also available to lead educational farm tours for kids under age 13. These 1-hour tours cost $100 for up to 20 kids. Additional charges will apply for more than 20 kids.

Availability of activities depends on the season. Some possibilities include:

  • Guided Kids’ Farm tour and seed-planting activity: Kids will learn about the seasons and take home a young seedling from the farm.
  • Six-plant-part scavenger hunt: Take an edible tour around the Kids’ Farm to learn about (and eat!) the six plant parts.
  • You-pick with seasonal vegetables or berries to snack on and take home: First pint or bunch included! We love to see our youngest guests want to take home food right from the farm!

Payment & cancellation policy

Payment:

Once your event reservation is confirmed, we will send you an invoice. Full payment is due within ten calendar days of receiving your invoice. We can accept payment by check or credit card over phone. Any adjustments on the day of the event to accommodate more guests, added activities, or party waste will require a modified invoice, sent the next business day. All balance payments are due within ten days of receiving a modified invoice.

$100 of your party fee will be considered a non-refundable deposit.

Refunds and cancellations:

If you need to cancel your event, written notice of your cancellation must be received at least 14 calendar days prior to the scheduled event date.  You will receive a refund minus the $100 nonrefundable deposit. We will not issue any refunds for cancellations made within 14 calendar days of the scheduled party date, and the full payment will be due.

General policies:

Waste

Oxbow has a low-waste policy and encourages reusable tableware and materials whenever possible. We have limited recycling, compost, and garbage facilities. If you would like to dispose of your waste here, we charge $10 to cover the services. You may pack up your trash and dispose of your refuse off-site, free of charge.

We can also provide compostable tableware for your event (a plate, utensils, cup, and napkin for every guest) for $2/person.

Pets

Sorry, no pets are allowed. We love dogs, but they are not welcome on a working farm, with the exception of registered service animals.

Weather

Events are held rain or shine at Oxbow. If you are worried about rain, contact us about tent rental.

Book your event

To reserve your event, fill out this form and email it to thedirt@oxbow.org.