Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

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 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.


2017 Camp Sessions (scroll down for full camp descriptions): 

FARM AND FOREST HOMES 
June 26-30, 9AM-3PM (4-6yrs) | Register
July 31-Aug 4, 9AM-3PM  (7-12yrs) | Register
 
DIG IN 
July 10-14, 9AM-3PM (7-12yrs) | Register
July 24-28, 10AM-2PM (4-6yrs, half day camp) | Register
Aug. 14-18, 9AM-3PM (4-6yrs) | Register

Registration opens on January 9, 2017! Sign up for our mailing list and select “summer camps” to receive camp updates and reminders.

Summer Camp FAQ: Farm info, what to bring, location details, and more!


2017 Camps

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 creatures that live here, too! Crawling through the underbrush, climbing over logs, and squishing through the mud, you’ll uncover special habitats in the farm fields and the Oxbow forest, then challenge yourself to build inviting homes for your favorite creatures. Discover how the Oxbow forest and farm fields are linked as you learn about native plants one day and harvest food from the farm fields the next. And it doesn’t stop there: you’ll learn to take care of our human habitat, too, coming together to harvest a bounty of fresh veggies that will be donated to local hunger relief efforts. Bring your creativity, imagination, and sense of adventure!

Throughout the week, campers will experience:

  • Storytelling, songs, and team building
  • Creative play and hands-on activities
  • Nature connection games
  • Fairy, gnome, and animal home building
  • Harvesting and eating fresh farm foods
  • Hay ride tour of 30-acre organic production farm

 

Camp cost | $300 (full day, 9am – 3pm)

Includes | t-shirt, nature journal, take-home crafts

Sessions

Ages 4-6 yrs: June 26-30 | Register

Ages 7-12 yrs: July 31-Aug. 4 | Register


 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.

Throughout the week, campers will experience:

  • Storytelling, songs and team building
  • Creative play and hands-on activities
  • Real fun farm projects and skill building
  • Harvesting and eating fresh farm foods
  • Hearty farm-to-fork snacks that campers help harvest and prepare
  • Hay ride tour of 30-acre organic production farm    

 

Camp cost | $300 (full day, 9am-3pm), $230 (half day, 10am-2pm, one week only)

Includes | t-shirt, nature journal, take-home crafts

Sessions

 Ages 7-12yrs: July 10-14 (full day) | Register

Ages 4-6 yrs: July 24-28 (half day) | Register

Ages 4-6 yrs: August 14-18 (full day) | Register


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.

Learn about open volunteer positions and apply here.

 


Location

Oxbow Farm is located in the Snoqualmie Valley on Highway 203 between Carnation and Duvall. It is a short drive from communities on the Eastside and 30-40 minutes from Seattle. Summer camps, events, and field trips use our West Entrance!

Note: If you ask Google Maps to take you to Oxbow Farm, you will end up at our delivery entrance, ½ mile south of the West Entrance. Please use these directions instead:

Heading South on Hwy 203 (also Carnation-Duvall Road) toward Carnation

1/2 mile south of the roundabout at NE 124th St. you will see a sign that says Oxbow West Entrance at 268th Ave NE

Turn right onto 268th Ave NE. Note: this is a country dirt road

Drive 10 MPH for another 1/2 mile, the entrance will be on your left.

Heading North on Hwy 203 (also Carnation-Duvall Road) From Carnation

We are 6 miles north of Carnation

1/2 mile past our Delivery Entrance you will see a sign that says Oxbow West Entrance

Turn left onto 268th Ave NE. Note: this is a country dirt road

Drive 10 MPH for another 1/2 mile, the entrance will be on your left.


Contact us

Questions about our camps are welcomed by phone (425-788-1134 x3) or email (education@oxbow.org).

Interested in learning more about our camps? Check out our summer camp FAQs.

10 reasons to send your kids to farm camp!


Scholarships

If summer camp costs pose a hardship, please contact us at education@oxbow.org for scholarship information.


Meet your farmers!

20160630_114915 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. 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.


meredith-bioFarmer Meredith

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.


shea-bio_smFarmer Shea

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!