Summer Camps

Feeling sun-warmed soil on your hands. Hearing the soft flutter of hummingbird wings. Tasting a crisp carrot plucked right from the earth. Observing a fuzzy bumblebee laden with pollen, resting on a flower petal. These moments ignite curiosity in young minds and bodies while laying the foundation for life-long connection to the natural world!

Oxbow’s week-long Summer Farm Camps immerse kids in the magic and discovery of nature on an organic vegetable farm and conservation center. Oxbow’s kid-friendly farm fields, forests, and wetlands set the stage for campers to play in, learn about, and connect to the Earth in a safe and inclusive setting. With guidance from our team of experienced environmental educators, Oxbow Summer Camps:

  • Get kids outside and in tune with their senses 
  • Spark creativity through art, stories, songs, and child-led play
  • Connect kids to their food by harvesting and eating farm-fresh fruit and veggies

2021 Summer Camp Sessions

If costs provide a hardship, please reach out to education@oxbow.org.
We have scholarship funds available!

2021 Oxbow Summer Camp Overview

 

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*Dig Deeper camps happen simultaneous to the Guardians of the Plants camp sessions and 11 year old campers have the option to choose between camp themes.

 


Summer Camp Session Details

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Discover just how sweet Oxbow summer camp can be! Explore the tastiest seasonal treats on the farm while giving thanks to the unique plant parts and winged creatures that make it all possible. Learn about our pollinator pals like bees and birds (and even fairies!) in their special habitats, and engage imaginations and taste buds alike through berry feasting, flower dissecting, and more!

Beyond bugs and berries, you’ll take flight on your stewardship journey through building animal homes, harvesting responsibly, and enjoying treats with new friends, and respectfully exploring the nature trails. Get creative bringing extra sweetness and kindness to all of Oxbow and your own community, through compassionate actions and crafting special gifts

All sessions include an Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, a nature journal, and crafts to take home.

>>June 21-25 Registration
>>July 26-30 (Half-Day) Registration

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: unlock the hidden powers of plants and give a voice to the unsung heroes of our farm fields and the habitats beyond!

Work with new friends throughout the week to harvest and prepare fresh farm snacks, gain wisdom from plants and farmers, and discover how plants are used for food, fiber, medicine, and more. Take on the challenge to reduce food waste and recycle plant power through composting practices. Share your own plant knowledge and make signs to help keep all of Oxbow’s plant superheroes (and their helpers!) safe. Celebrate together with a mid-week plant party, complete with plant-based crafts made by you!

All sessions include an Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, a nature journal, and crafts to take home.

>>July 5-9 Registration
>>July 19-23 Registration
>>August 9-13 Registration

Are you ready to dig deeper into all we do around Oxbow and discover how YOU can make a difference in your community? Grow alongside Oxbow farmers as we tend the Kids’ Farm crops and harvest and process organic produce for hungry customers. Go beyond the farm to learn the importance of local plants and animals, learning how to care for the land so it can support us all. Through fun workshops, you’ll have the chance to learn and lead while exploring your own passions! Our team offers guidance and support in a fun and inclusive setting as you take the next steps on your journey as a compassionate leader.

All sessions include an Oxbow summer camp t-shirt, a nature journal, and crafts to take home.

11 year-olds may choose the Dig Deeper camp for older campers, or our other camp themes listed above.

Throughout the week, Dig Deeper campers will experience:

Hands-on farming

  • Explore diverse ways of growing food
  • Work alongside our Farmers and Educators
  • Set up and manage a farm stand just for camp families

Nature connections

  • Investigate how a farm is part of a greater habitat
  • Participate in habitat restoration projects
  • Create habitat features to invite more wild animals to the farm (including magical creatures, too!)

Mentoring & leadership

  • Participate in a leadership workshop; practice new skills and gain experience as a leader
  • Discover ongoing opportunities to connect with Oxbow and your community

>>July 19-23 Registration
>>August 9-13 Registration

Camp Ages:
This summer, Oxbow offers camps for ages 7-14*! All camp sessions are adapted to fit the needs of each age group. Campers are encouraged to join us for multiple sessions!

*For our beloved 4-6 yrs campers and their families: At this stage in our planning, we anticipate that our camps will only be offered for campers ages 7 and up. Why? It is our belief that enforcement of the rigorous COVID-19 procedures will be less feasible with this age group and will result in an unrecognizable camp experience for these youngest campers. However, we invite your family to join us for a personalized exploration of Oxbow in our Family Farm Adventure program and we will keep our 4-6 year old campers in mind if we are able to expand the age range of one of our camp sessions. We appreciate your understanding!

Across all sessions, campers will experience:

  • Fairy, gnome, and animal home building
  • Storytelling, songs, and team building
  • Hands-on activities and crafts
  • Nature connection games and creative play
  • Harvesting and eating fresh farm foods
  • A hay ride tour of Oxbow’s organic production farm
  • Donation-based Kids’ Farm Stand
  • Fun in the great outdoors, all day long, rain and shine!

Will this camp be run with social distancing and mask wearing? (Yes, we’re planning on it!)

We will continue to implement our rigorous health and safety procedures and policies for the duration of our camp sessions. We will relax our safety policies only if regional health and safety milestones are met. You can refer to the Oxbow Summer Camp COVID Policies document for our current procedures and policies.

Cost:

$340/full-day camp week (9AM-3PM)

$260/half-day camp week (10AM-2PM)

Oxbow’s one-acre Kids’ Farm and one-of-a-kind Living Playground are built, planted, and maintained with kids in mind. Our Summer Camp instructors, all CPR/First Aid certified, are trained in inquiry-based environmental education and in facilitating nature connections for children of all ages. Camp groups maintain an 10:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, and are also joined by at least one support volunteer for the entire week. Our “Dig Deeper” camp sessions for pre-teens will be limited to 20 campers each, supported by education program staff and volunteers. >>Meet the education team!

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 and who loves working with kids. 15 years & up (parents/guardians welcome)! On-farm training is mid-June.  Email volunteer@oxbow.org for more information & to apply.