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updated 8/13/15
UO SPICE Mini-Camp
The free three-day SPICE Lights, Lasers and Robots mini camp, offered Aug. 25-27, from 1 to 4 p.m., is open to all rising 6th-9th grade students looking for a fun science experience. The camp takes place at Willamette Hall on the UO Campus. Mini camp workshop topics will include Amazing Optics, Rogue Robots!, and Laser Mania. Click here to apply online.
Hamlin STEAM cap Hamlin STEAM Summer Camp

Hamlin Middle School's free 4-week STEAM (STEM plus the Arts) Summer Program for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th-graders, runs from August 3 through August 28, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Activities include building birdhouses, roller coasters and picnic tables, splatter painting, LEGO Robotics, geocaching, tie-dying and field trips. Click here to see flyers in English and Spanish. Students are encouraged to register before June 11 for planning purposes. However, applications will be accepted up to August 3 until enrollment is full. Click here for a registration form. Forms can be dropped off at the Hamlin office up to June 19. To make other arrangements, or more information, please contact Kathy Bentz at kathy.bentz@springfield.k12.or.us or Lonnie Usrey, lonnie.usrey@springfield.k12.or.us, or 541-214-9530.
Guy Lee STEAM Summer Camp
Guy Lee also offers a free 4-week STEAM camp this year for incoming 4th- and 5th-graders, running from August 3 through August 28, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Activities include hands-on science, art and music opportunities. Registration forms will be posted soon. Contact Kathy Bentz at kathy.bentz@springfield.k12.or.us or Lonnie Usrey, lonnie.usrey@springfield.k12.or.us, 541-214-9530, to hold a spot. Forms can be turned in on the first day of camp.
Summer Libraries
Guy Lee students may visit the school library every Tuesday from 10-12 to check out books. Come for story time, play a game, hang out with friends, and even earn a free book after 5 visits. Grandma Betty will be continuing the free bread program. Also, any student can have a free lunch in the park at 12, just after the library time.
The Briggs library is open on Wednesdays from 9 to 12 for students to check out books or access computer time.

Springfield Summer Event Calendar
Second Friday Downtown Artwalk - Every second Friday of the month to celebrate local artists, musicians, and merchants in Downtown Springfield! Venues and artists change monthly.

June 16 –Summer Reading Kick-Off - Dive into Summer at Springfield Public Library with a favorite annual tradition: Summer Reading Kickoff! Join us for a circus-inspired performance by Portland's own Heather Pearl. Then sign up for the Summer Reading Program and grab your free book while enjoying ice cream and playing on the city's Fountain Plaza. All ages are welcome to attend; you are never too young or too old to enjoy the wonders of a great story.

June 21 – Willamalane’s Summer Solstice Dash & Bash @ Dorris Ranch. This Father’s Day, run or walk a 5K at beautiful Dorris Ranch. Info at Willamalane.org.

July 4 – Springfield Utility Board’s Light of Liberty @ Island Park - Fun, food and fireworks in this annual celebration by the river. Kids will enjoy the children’s area. Gates open at 4 p.m.; fireworks start at 10 p.m. Info at www.subutil.com.

July 10 – Second Friday Downtown Artwalk City Hall Gallery is open 5-7pm. Featured artists, live music & refreshments – free!

July 10-11 – Willamalane’s Summer Fair Featuring The Daddies, Stone in Love and “The Simpsons Movie”! Info at www.willamalane.org.

August 14 – Second Friday Downtown Artwalk - City Hall Gallery is open 5-7pm. Featured artists, live music & refreshments – free!

August 15 – Chalk Art Festival - The Second Annual Chalk Art Festival returns to the streets of Downtown Springfield. Brought to you by the Eugene/Springfield Art Project and the City of Springfield. 509 Main St – Free.

August 15 – Springfield Emeralds - Springfield Night returns to PK Park with new Springfield uniforms and special $5 tickets for Springfield residents. Tickets include entry for the annual pre-game exhibition softball game between the Springfield and Eugene Police Departments. Presented by The City of Springfield and Springfield Utility Board.

Week of August 23 – Ken Kesey Mural Install – A week-long celebration on Main and 4th Streets as artists install the long-awaited Ken Kesey Mural. A community party will wrap up the event.

September 11 – Second Friday Downtown Artwalk - City Hall Gallery is open 5-7pm. Featured artists, live music & refreshments – free!

September 26 – Nick Symmonds Springfield 800 Bigger and better, the NSS800 returns! Run with five-time 800 meter U.S. Champion, two-time Olympian and World Record Holder Nick Symmonds as the only “straight 800” meter road race returns to Springfield Oregon on September 26. Join Nick, other elite athletes and community members for this one-of-a-kind road race and community party.

October 3-4 – Mayor’s Soccer Tournament – A celebration of the international language of soccer. Adult tournament in partnership with Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

Earlier this summer:
Each year, the district offers Extended School Year (ESY) for students with special needs served through our Life Skills Programs. ESY is offered annually and is part of students’ Individualized Education Plans.

The district also offers a credit recovery summer program for students at Springfield High School, Thurston High School, and Gateways High School. Classes are offered to juniors and seniors who need to recover credits to either 1) graduate or 2) be on track to graduate.

Summer School classes begin in July:
  • Springfield High: July 6 – 30, 8:30 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 3:30, Mon – Thurs
  • Thurston High: July 6 – 29, 8:30 – 11:30 and 12:00 – 3:00, Mon – Thurs
  • Gateways High: July 6 – 21, 8:00 – 4:00 

Agnes Stewart STEM Camp
Agnes is again offering a summer STEM camp for students: June 15-19, June 22-26, Aug. 3-7, Aug. 10-14. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch is offered afterward through the FOOD for Lane County summer lunch program. The camp is run by Agnes staff, and will feature activities such as making solar ovens, designing and building a prosthetic hand, reverse engineering challenges, making magnetic slime, and more! Click here to see the flyer. Update: Sorry, this camp is full.
Agnes Stewart Music Matters Camps
Thanks to grant funding, Agnes students can attend two free music camps at Agnes this summer: Intro to Musical Theater, July 13-24,  9 a.m.-1 p.m (cost is $125 for non-ASMS students) and Kitchen Sink Band Camp, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (cost is $75 for non-ASMS students. Need-based financial aid is available for both camps. Free lunch is offered afterward through the FOOD for Lane County summer lunch program. The Shedd is also offering free music lessons for Agnes students this summer. And, also thanks to Music Matters funding, Agnes students can attend any of the Shedd's other summer camps for very low cost. Click here to see the brochure. Students can register online at www.theshedd.org or by calling 541-434-7015. 

Hamlin Summer Institute
Summer Institute will again be offered this summer, starting Monday, June 29 and running through July 30, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. open to incoming 6th grade as well as current 6th/7th/8th grade Hamlin students. Students will have four classes that are 45 minutes long (math, reading, writing, and technology). These classes will be extremely hands-on and engaging.
Families can fill out an application at Hamlin, or they can just show up and fill out an application then. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 90 students. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list. For more information, contact Brandon Parks at brandon.parks@springfield.k12.or.us.
Science and Engineering Summer Workshop
Two Rivers-Dos Rios Elementary will be hosting a four day Science and Engineering summer workshop for all students entering 3rd to 8th grade. In this four-day workshop, students will design and build air-propelled go-carts, move onto air-powered boats, and—if they get through all of that—air-powered aqua-mobiles. Between these feature activities, students will design and build roller-coasters and Rube Goldberg Machines. This workshop costs $95 and is limited to 20 students per session.
Where: Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary, 1084 G Street
Session 1:
Grades 5-8 (as of 2015/16 school year)
Dates – July 20-23 (Monday to Thursday)
Time – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Session 2:
Grades – 3-4 (as of 2015/16 school year)
Dates – July 20-23 (Monday to Thursday)
Time – 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.
For more information and application link, please click here.

Lane County STEM Summer Camp

The Lane County STEM Summer Camp is a free, hands-on summer camp at UO open to all Lane County students ages 8-13. During the week-long sessions, students work on one of the Content in Context projects led by a certified Lane County teacher.

In 2015, there will be two sessions: June 22-25 and June 29-July 2, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. LTD bus passes are available. To register, please fill out the registration form. Click here for flyers in English and Spanish.

UO's Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Camps are free to incoming 9th-12th grade students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The program is run by volunteer UO faculty, with different opportunities available at each grade level. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on the UO campus. Bus passes and lunch are also provided free of charge. Students in the program are also eligible for mentoring by college students on goal-setting, college prep and tutoring.
Week 1 Camps: July 20-24
Sophomores: Performing Arts; Juniors: Biology, Physics/Human Physiology, Education; Seniors: Business, English, Journalism/Media
Week 2 Camps: July 27-31
Freshman: German/Scandinavian, Chemistry, Economics; Sophomores: Architecture/Allied Arts, International Studies
All camps include: talks on college admissions and financial aid, museum and campus tours, campus lunches, and time to meet and talk with college students and professors. Visit sail.uoregon.edu/camps/apply/ for applications for new or returning students.

Safety Town at Mt. Vernon: July 13-24
Safety Town is a two-week comprehensive educational program offered through Kiwanis for kids entering kindergarten this fall. Kids learn pedestrian and bike safety, school bus safety, water safety, and more. It's held at Mt. Vernon Elementary School, 935 Filbert Lane, and offered July 13-July 24, M-F, in two sessions: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. The cost of $30 is required with registration. Partial scholarships may be available. Applications must be submitted with checks to the Kiwanis Club. Spots are filling fast so sign up as soon as possible!
Visit the Safety Town website for more information or to apply. (Application forms also available in Spanish.) Teens who would like to assist with the program can also visit this page to apply. You can also find Safety Town on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringfieldSafetyTown.

Multicultural Camp
This is a free camp for incoming 6th- and 7th-graders with games, local field trips, arts & crafts, and cultural exploration. 
Lunch is provided. The camp runs July 27-August 13, MondayThursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brattain House, 1030 G St. Contact Monica (541-501-3117) or Silvia (541-228-0141) at the Brattain House for more information. Click here for the flyer in English or Spanish.

MEP Summer School
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) will again offer its MEP Summer School 2015 for students preK - 8th grade who are enrolled in the Migrant Education Program. MEP provides supplementary educational programs and support services to students who move frequently due to their or their parents seeking work in agriculture, fisheries or forestry. 
MEP Summer School Dates:
June 29-July 23, 2015, Mon-Thurs
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary School in Springfield

For more information, please call: 541-461-8382 or 541-972-0731. Email: mep@lesd.k12.or.us

Puertas Abiertas /Pasos al Futuro
Latino/a high school students are encouraged to apply to Puertas Abiertas /Pasos al Futuro, a summer leadership academy running June 29 - July 17. Information & application link: http://www.lanecc.edu/sites/default/files/studentlife/pala_2015_application.pdf

UO Summer Enrichment Program for TAG Students

The University of Oregon Super Summer academic enrichment program for grades K-5 is accepting applications for advanced learners and talented and gifted (TAG) identified students for the 2015 summer 3-week program June 29 – July 17 (no class July 3). The program will be held at Bertha Holt Elementary School in Eugene. Students can sign up for morning or afternoon sessions or for all day for varying costs. (Limited scholarships are available.) Click here for more information.

Other Opportunities 
The annual Shana's Jump and Run event is coming up on August 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Silke Field. Just a $5 entry fee provides fun track opportunities for all ages, including a long jump event, sprinting races, a relay race for all ages, and a family walk/run. Proceeds benefit the Shana Thomas Barr Memorial Fund, which provides funds through Springfield Education Foundation to help SHS athletes purchase shoes and other gear. The event, featuring tie-dye shirts and rainbow sneakers, is also a way to honor the memory of Shana, an SHS track star who passed away from cancer in 2010. Visit www.shanasjumpandrun.com for more information.
Kids Create! Eugene is a totally free day of youth arts exploration and inspiration on August 1. There are hands-on art lessons and performances every half hour. This year, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the City of Eugene is hosting the event, and has been moved to the U of O campus. For more information about this event, please contact Lisa Lawton at lisa@travellanecounty.org or visit createeugene.com/kids-create.
Kids Club (powered by National Geographic Kids)
Kids of all ages are welcome at Valley River's Center Court on the second Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for free games and activities, hosted by KDUK. Each Thursday has a different geography-centered theme. Click here to read more about it.
STEM Festival at the Lane County Fair
Part of Discovery Park at the Wheeler Pavilion at the Fairgrounds, July 24-26, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. This will be a great place to get kids fired up about science and technology, a fun and engaging space with interactive exhibits about alternative power, animal outreach, sustainable landscaping, and more.

VERB Program in Springfield
The Lane Active Youth Consortium has initiated a program that awards tweens prizes for participating in local activities or playing in the park. Between June 22 and August 21, youth who have finished grades 3-7 in Springfield schools can register for the VERB program and receive a scorecard to track time spent in 30-minute increments on any type of daily movement. Cards can be stamped at 10 Willamalane Park and Recreation District parks, as well as events including Summer Fair and Movies in the Park. Scorecards are then turned in for a chance to win prizes. Visit www.VERBoregon.org for more information or to register. Kids can also register at Willamalane Center.

Summer Food Program
Starting on June 22 and running through August 21, kids ages 2-18 can get free lunch at sites throughout the city, provided by FOOD for Lane County and the USDA's Summer Food Program. Lunch is offered daily from 12 and 1 p.m.
SPS sites:
Centennial Elementary, 1315 Aspen St.
Maple Elementary, 2109 J St.
Riverbend Elementary, 320 51st St.
* Hamlin Middle School, 326 Centennial Blvd. (only during camps)
* Two Rivers–Dos Ríos Elementary, 1084 G St. (only during the Migrant Education Program summer school)
* Agnes Stewart Middle School, 900 S 32nd St. (only during summer programming)
Also, Guy Lee Park, next to Guy Lee Elementary; Douglas Gardens Park, next to Douglas Gardens Elementary; Thurston Park, next to Thurston High School. Click here to download a menu and a brochure listing all locations.

Willamalane's Summer Playground Program
Willamalane's free, drop-in Summer Playground Program is designed for kids entering grades 1–5. The safe and supervised program runs four days a week at 9 neighborhood parks and playgrounds throughout Springfield. (Click here for more info or to see a list on the Willamalane websiteclick on the Programs & Sports tab -> Grades K-5 -> Activities.) The program offers organized activities for kids to help them stay active, socialize, sharpen literacy skills and be creative with arts and crafts.

The program operates Monday–Thursday from June 22 through August 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. In addition, most of the playground sites also offer free lunch Monday through Friday from 12 to 1 through the Summer Food Program. Students must complete a registration form for each site they wish to attend. Register in advance or at the site.

Springfield Summer Reading Programlibrary logo
Kids can sign up for the Springfield Public Library's Summer Reading Program anytime and get a free book. Kick-off is on June 16 at 1 p.m. at the Fountain Plaza. There's a lot going on for all ages this summer.
See the whole summer calendar here.

summer reading spots Summer Reading Spots
Kids can listen to story time and leave with a free book this summer, courtesy of the Summer Reading Spots, sponsored by the Springfield Public Library and the United Way.

The program runs from June 23 through August 20, Tuesday through Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m. (right after the FOOD for Lane County lunch program on-site.) The kickoff event on June 23 will include activities, prizes and a book giveaway.
There is one site in Springfield this year: in Springfield, Willamalane Park Swim Center (1276 G Street). (There's another site at Peterson Park in Eugene and one in Cottage Grove.)
**Volunteer readers are needed for one or many time slots! Click here to see available slots. 

Kids in Transition to School (KITS)
KITS is a special free program for kids entering kindergarten that is being offered to families in Springfield's Promise neighborhoods served by Maple Elementary School, Two Rivers–Dos Ríos Elementary School, and Riverbend Elementary School. Funding is provided through a collaboration between United Way of Lane County, the Springfield and Bethel school districts and the Oregon Social Learning Center.
KITS starts with a playgroup that meets twice a week for 8 weeks in July and August. Students are taught pre-reading skills and social skills that will help make their transition to school easier. After school begins, the groups continue to meet once a week for another 8 weeks in September and October. Families can call 541-485-2711 for more information or to sign up.
Participation in the school readiness program is limited, but this year ALL families are eligible to participate in a research study and earn up to $200. Call the number above for more information.

learning littles Learning Littles/Pequeñines Encantados
The Learning Littles program operated through the Brattain House has activities planned on several Fridays this summer:
June 26: Island Park
July 3: Mt. Pisgah (rides leaving from BH at 9:30)
July 10: Lively Park
July 17: Willamalane Park Swim Center
July 24: Adkin's Blueberry Farm
All activities begin at 10 a.m. See the flyer at right for details. 

Saturday Classes at Emerald Arts Center
The Emerald Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Springfield Arts Commission to teach Saturday art classes for kids ages 7-12. The program is called Youth Art Works and will run from June 20th till August 15th. There is just a $10.00 fee for the first person, and each additional family member is $5.00. Each class will run from 12-3 p.m., with the exception of the Origami class. The EAC's website is currently being updated, so for more information about classes and dates, please contact coordinator@emeraldartcenter.net.

Free Heart Screening for Teens
Teens are invited for a free heart screening provided by Peace Health! This event will be held at the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute on Saturday, August 29, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and is limited to the first 75 students, ages 12-18. This is a free event and will be led by a cardiologist, featuring a painless, 15-minute screening which includes a multitude of heart and wellness tests. The Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute is located at 3311 RiverBend Drive, Springfield, adjacent to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. To register, please visit: www.peacehealth.org/shmc/TeenHeartScreen.

Eugene-Springfield Area Camps
Click here for a great list of more summer camp opportunities in the Eugene-Springfield area from the UO website, including Science Factory, Nearby Nature and more.