Summer Camps

The health and safety of our staff and campers is Oxbow’s biggest priority. We are currently assessing CDC and Washington State guidelines for operating COVID-19-safe summer camp programs. If there are future changes to summer programming, we will alert all current registrants via email. If you have any questions, please reach out at education@oxbow.org.

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:

  • Spark creativity through art, stories, songs, and child-led play
  • Connect kids to their food by harvesting and eating farm-fresh fruit and veggies
  • Equip children with tools to care for, better understand, and talk about the health of our environment

Oxbow offers camps for ages 4 to 14! All camp sessions are adapted to fit the needs of each age group. Campers are encouraged to join us for multiple sessions!

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 11:1 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 10 campers each, supported by education program staff and volunteers.

Registering Siblings?
Use coupon code CAMPSIB20 for $15 off your total when registering 2 or more siblings. (Coupon codes may not be combined. Please see our policies page.)


New this year!
Optional after-camp Cooking Class with Seattle Cucina from 3PM-5PM.
>> Learn more!


2020 Summer Camp Sessions

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
  • Daily donation-based Kids’ Farm Stand
  • Fun in the great outdoors, all day long, rain and shine!

Be sure to also check out our NEW After-camp Cooking School (in partnership with Seattle Cucina) available during the July 6-10 and August 10-14 camp sessions only!


Sweet Discoveries | Ages 4-8 and 7-11

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, cooking up 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 to share. The week ends with a camper-led farmers market full of fun and surprises for the whole family!

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

Ages 4-8 | June 22-26 | 9AM-3PM
Ages 7-11 | July 27-31 | 9AM-3PM

Sweet Discoveries

$340Full day, 9am-3pm
  • Session: June 22-26
  • Ages 4-8

Sweet Discoveries

$340Full day, 9am-3pm
  • Session: July 27-31
  • Ages 7-11

Guardians of the Plants | Ages 4-8 and 7-11

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 the sharing of plant-based presents made by you! The week ends with a plant-filled, camper-led farmers market where families are invited to “shop” for free!

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

Ages 7-11 | July 6-10 | 9AM-3PM*
Ages 4-8 | July 20-24 | 10AM-2PM
Ages 4-8 | August 10-14 | 9AM-3PM*

* an optional After-camp Cooking School program is available during July 6-10 and August 10-16 sessions. Learn more!

Guardians of the Plants

$340Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Session: July 6-10
  • Ages 7-11

Guardians of the Plants

$260Half day, 10AM-2PM
  • Session: July 20-24
  • Ages 4-8

Guardians of the Plants

$340Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Session: Aug. 10-14
  • Ages 4-8

 Dig Deeper | Ages 11-14

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 and opportunities to mentor younger 4-8 year old campers, 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.

Ages 11-14 | July 20-24 | 9AM-3PM
Age 11-14 | August 10-14 | 9AM-3PM* 

*An optional after-camp cooking program is available during the August 10-14 session. Learn more!

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
  • Mentor younger campers, helping them to prepare farm fresh snacks, stay safe and have fun outdoors
  • Discover ongoing opportunities to connect with Oxbow and your community

Dig Deeper

$340Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Session: July 20-24
  • Ages 11-14

Dig Deeper

$340Full day, 9AM-3PM
  • Session: August 10-14
  • Ages 11-14

New! After-camp Cooking School with Seattle Cucina

Available during July 6-10 and August 10-14 sessions only
$175 | 3PM-5:30PM | All ages

Farm Chefs: From Seed to Table 
To complete your day of Oxbow Summer Camp, join the Seattle Cucina Cooking School chefs in cooking, playing, and exploring after camp hours! Campers will gain invaluable culinary skills from expert chefs and work individually or in teams to create and share wholesome meals each day. Using ingredients harvested fresh from the garden, whip up hands-on recipes like dumplings, creative salads, desserts, and full meals. On the very last day, after the camper-led farmers market, parents and families are invited to join their campers for a meal at a kid-created “restaurant!” 

By the end of the week-long program, campers will have the practical skills needed to participate in cooking at home, along with knowledge about wholesome, nutritious, and sustainable food. The price of $175 per participant includes art projects, games, and 1-2 large snacks or a meal each day. Remember, this option is only available to campers participating in the July 6-10 and August 10-14 sessions. Be sure to read our Policies Page carefully for cancellation information.

To register, be sure to select the check-box option for the after camp session during the registration process.

Seattle Cucina Add-on Session

 

 

 

Additional information information will be provided after signup. Seattle Cucina staff will help support camper safety and a rolling camper sign-out between 5-5:30PM. If you have questions specific to the program, please reach out to whatscooking@seattlecucina.com.

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. Learn more.