At the end of the 19th century, farmers cleared vast forests of alder, maple, and massive cedar from the Valley. Nature seemed infinite, and over time farmers cleared the trees and shrubs right up to the riverbanks, not realizing that those riparian forests were central strands in the Valley’s web of life. Riparian forests filter silt and nutrients from runoff headed to the river, produce woody debris to shelter maturing salmon, and provide homes for a wide range of wildlife. Without streamside vegetation, precious farmland soil is lost to the river, fewer birds visit to regulate crop pests, and there are fewer homes for the native pollinators that ensure abundant crops.

For the last 15 years, Oxbow has been working with organizations like Stewardship Partners, King Conservation District, and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum to clear invasive species from our lands and re-plant native streamside forests. Oxbow was one of the first farms to be designated certified Salmon-Safe in the Puget Sound Region. Today, guided by a comprehensive Ecological Management Plan for the property, we continue the work of restoration with more energy and hope than ever.

We are very excited this year to expand our restoration efforts beyond the borders of Oxbow. This first off-site effort will be in coordination with King County and the Snoqualmie Tribe as a part of the Barfuse-Haffner Floodplain project. This is a large levy-setback project that is designed to improve habitat for a variety of wildlife including the endangered Chinook salmon and thereby also improve the food supply for the Puget Sound southern resident Orca population.

Restoration Work Parties

Restoration volunteers at work.

Our volunteers help us to restore the native habitats around the Oxbow property, promoting diversity of wildlife and plants and maintaining healthy water, soil, and air for growing food and people. Join us as we plant native trees and shrubs and remove the invasive plants that crowd out our beautiful native species.

Restoration work parties are usually 3 to 4 hours long, including a brief tour of the farm and nursery and an introduction to Oxbow’s history and mission. No experience or special tools are necessary, but all work parties occur outdoors and involve physical work such as digging, pulling, and lifting. We will provide gloves, tools, and water for drinking and washing hands.

How to participate

Sign up for scheduled volunteer restoration events or set up a private restoration event for your group by contacting our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator at Please be sure to indicate which event you are signing up for in your e-mail subject line.

We now have two locations where we are working on habitat restoration projects in Snoqualmie Valley, so please pay attention to the site listed for each date.

When you come to Oxbow use Oxbow’s Public Entrance at 268th Ave NE, park in the marked areas, and meet near the Farm Stand. We will meet at the start time (rain or shine!) and walk to our restoration site from there.

When you come to the Barfuse Site in Fall City, we will meet at the old Rainier Wood Recycling yard off of Highway 202. Directions will be provided upon signing up.

For all of our volunteer projects, please wear close-toed shoes, come dressed for the weather, rain or shine, and bring long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect yourself from blackberry spines. Bring a reusable water bottle and snacks or a lunch, too!

If you are interested in receiving regular updates about our restoration work parties, contact our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator at or follow us on Facebook.

2020 Restoration Work Party Schedule

We’re excited to have you join us for some satisfying restoration work that protects native plants and improves habitat for wildlife of all kinds! We now have two work locations at the Barfuse Site in Fall City as well as here at Oxbow. If no location is listed, we are still deciding on the location. Please RSVP using the green button below.

Saturday, March 14 | 10AM-2PM | CANCELLED

Sunday, March 22 | 10AM-2PM | CANCELLED

Saturday, April 4 | 10AM-2PM | CANCELLED

Sunday, April 26 | 10AM-2PM | CANCELLED

Sunday, May 24th | 10AM-2PM| CANCELLED

Saturday, June 13 | 10AM-2PM | CANCELLED

RSVP for a Restoration Work Party

Minor Waivers

Please note that while we welcome minors to volunteer with us, the following waiver must be filled out by a parent or guardian and returned to our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator, either by email at or in person, the day of your volunteer event!

Minor Volunteer Service Agreement and Photo Release

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Oxbow is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, and we can’t do this work without your help! We’re grateful for your contributions.