Family Farm Adventures FAQ

Oxbow’s Family Farm Adventure field trips are a fun, hands-on way to get kids of all ages engaged in learning about food, farming, and nature! From from masks to group size, you might have some questions about what to expect during your visit to the farm.

To help, we’ve compiled an in-depth FAQ list below – take a look, and if you have a question not already listed, let us know at education@oxbow.org.

The Family Farm Adventure is a single, 2-hour visit for your immediate family or household.

Time slots for Family Farm Adventures are on weekdays: 9AM to 11AM; 12PM to 2PM; and 3PM to 5PM. You can see all available time slots online by viewing our calendar. Click on your preferred time and date to register! 

Yes! All visitors on site at Oxbow must wear masks with the exception of toddlers/infants under age two. Our Farmers will also be wearing masks for the entire duration of your program. We will have disposable masks available for you to use, if needed. 

During the portion of the field trip that involves sampling veggies or fruit, participants will be invited to remove masks after they have washed hands and are seated. The farmer will remain masked and will use safe food handling procedures to serve participants the washed veggies and fruits that were harvested together. 

Oxbow has several health & safety policies currently in place to help ensure the safety of our staff and visitors. Here’s what to expect:

  • Face coverings must be worn by staff and visitors over age 2 at all times, unless tasting/eating/drinking. 
  • You will sign in upon arrival and answer a few brief COVID-safe questions. 
  • Follow the guidance of your Farmer-Educator and only harvest plants, enter farm fields, and taste plants when invited to do so by Oxbow staff. 
  • Hand washing and sanitizing stations are located throughout Oxbow grounds and we’ll ask that you wash your hands upon arrival. 
  • Farmer-Educators will practice social distancing during the tour, and we ask that adult program participants help support kids in maintaining safe 6-foot distances, as well. 

Parents and chaperones are expected to be present in mind and body throughout the tour. We ask that adult participants be available to help the Farmer-Educators encourage adherence to Oxbow’s COVID safety guidelines (mask wearing, hand washing, maintaining distance, and waiting to snack until invited). 

With your help, our Farmers can direct all their attention and energy to providing high quality, engaging education for your group! Farmers will likely direct questions and learning topics toward the children in the group, but we hope that parents and chaperones will also engage and have a fun time. All ages are encouraged to ask questions! 

When preparing for your visit to Oxbow, please consider packing and bringing the following items: 

  • Hand sanitizer 
  • A well-fitting face mask for each member of your family (required) 
  • Water and snacks 
  • Sunscreen and hat 
  • Clothes/layers for inclement weather (we’ll be outside for the entire 2-hour tour) 
  • Boots for mud and hiking 

While we want to share Oxbow with everyone, the Family Farm Adventure is intended for family units, immediate households, or small COVID “pods” only. Each individual Family Farm Adventure is intended for approximately 10 total participants. Participants must be from your family/household unit or COVID pod.

Reach out to education@oxbow.org directly if you would like to schedule a larger group visit or need special accommodations!

Also, while we love dogs, they are NOT permitted anywhere at Oxbow, including in the parking area. Please leave your furry friends at home! 

Yes, but if your group exceeds the 10-person limit, we ask that you reach out to us first. Please email us at education@oxbow.org prior to registering and include details about your group size, preferred date, and preferred time. We will assess our health & safety guidelines and staffing needs to your requested group size and preferred time slot and will be in touch with available options.

Possibly. Other small groups (in adherence to WA State guidelines for gatherings) and Oxbow staff may be present on Oxbow grounds but will maintain strict social distancing protocol. Your family unit will be the only people embarking on your Family Farm Adventure, led by one or two Farmer-Educators. Think of it as a private tour of Oxbow!

Yes! We ask you carefully follow Farmer instructions throughout your visit to the Kids’ Farm Field and wait to be invited to harvest. Your group will be able to harvest (with masks and clean hands) and snack once produce is washed.

U-pick during Family Farm Adventures is limited to the harvest of small snacks; if you’re interested in U-pick opportunities to harvest larger amounts of berries, fruit, flowers, and other seasonal produce, consider becoming an Oxbow Member or joining our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program!

We will provide opportunities for frequent hand washing at designated hand washing stations, and hand sanitizer will be available in throughout your visit. We have a designated outdoor Honey Bucket for visitors, and it is serviced and sanitized frequently. 

Please arrive using the public entrance (off of Hwy 203, just 1.4 miles south of the 124th St. roundabout) – at 10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation WA 98014. Look for a large “Welcome to Oxbow” sign marking the driveway. Your farmer will meet you in the parking lot to begin your tour.

For a map and detailed instructions on how to get to Oxbow, see our Visitor Info page. 

If your plans change the day of your program, please call or text our OxEd Cell Phone at 425-419-6068 as soon as possible