• summer pic Summer Opportunities
    Updated 7/24/18
    *Please check with your school for any opportunities that might be available this summer.*
    SPS Online
    SPS Online is offering online summer classes (these are original credit classes, not credit recovery) for any Springfield high school student. Classes in math, Spanish, social students and science run July 9 through July 27. Deadline for signups is June 22.  

    Free Summer Camps at Our Schools
    Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary and Guy Lee Elementary are both holding free AMP (Afterschool Miller Program) STEAM camps for incoming 3rd – 6th graders. Guy Lee's AMP camp will run from July 2 through July 27, 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with no camp on July 4. The camp at Two Rivers–Dos Ríos will run from July 30 through August 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at both camps. Contact Annette Rothweiler, 541-285-1109, to see if space is available. <Click for registration information.>
    Hamlin Middle School will be holding its Summer Institute again this summer for incoming 6th – 8th graders. It will run from June 25 – August 2, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no classes the week of July 2) and will be held at Briggs Middle School this year due to construction. Transportation is available. Students take eight different classes over the period, designed to reinforce the school's STEAM principles through fun and engaging projects, including:

    • culinary arts (math & literacy through cooking) • photography (aesthetics and techniques for digital photography) • industrial arts (wood and metal fabrication projects) • engineering (building and designing original solutions to open-ended problems) • leaders of history (what makes a good leader?) • math in sports (math tools to analyze sporting performances) • math games (reinforcing middle school math) • ceramics/sculptures (coil - slab - drape - pinch pot methods)
    Slots are still available – contact Brandon Parks, 541-744-6356, for details.
    Springfield High School's Miller Summer Program will be held July 9 – August 2, Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 9–19 class offerings include bike repair, leadership and business, audio production and boxing. July 23 – August 2 offerings include video production, cooking, song writing and improv and acting. <Register here> or contact Scott Chase for more information.
    Chifin Native Youth Camp will be held this summer for K-12 students from August 13 to the 23rd, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. <View flyer here> Contact Dawn Malliett at 541-726-4301 to register.

    Learning Littles Field Trips
    The Learning Littles/Pequeñines Encantados playgroup does not meet in the summer, but they do have field trips scheduled on Fridays. No pre-registration is required - just show up at the appointed time and place. Contact Silvia Ceja with any questions, 541-221-0141.

    School Libraries
    Douglas Gardens' library is open on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    At the Springfield Public Library
    Summer Reading Program: Kids can sign up for the Summer Reading Program anytime and get a free book.
    Kick-off for children 12 and under is on June 19 at 1 p.m. at the Fountain Plaza. There's a lot going on for all ages this summer. More information and full summer calendar online here.
    The Summer Reading kickoff party for teens is on June 15 at City Hall. Teens interested in getting service hours may volunteer at the library. Ask for LuCinda to sign up!

    Free Art Classes with Artie's Imagination Bus

    River Road Park Imagination Art Bus is offering free art classes this summer at 10 different Eugene/Springfield locations, including three in Springfield on Wednesdays (Meadow Park from 10-12 and Douglas Gardens Park from 1 to 3) and Fridays (Elizabeth Page Elementary from 10-12).
    Age group: "Art Bus activities can accommodate most any school-age child. Our instructors have identified a famous artist for each week of the summer program. They design a simple 'open art' activity geared towards younger kids and executed on the Bus. This activity is also for those kids wanting something less structured. Off the Bus we set up tables and provide a more extensive lesson. Lessons off the Bus are usually 45 min to 1 hour. Both the open art activity as well as the lesson are done in the style of the artist for that week."
    If you have any questions please contact Cathy Davidson.

    Ophelia's Place Summer Camps for Girls
    Ophelia's Place is offering a series of inexpensive camps for girls this summer. Fees are on a sliding scale, and scholarships are available. Registration required. To register, call 541-284-4333 or email info@opheliasplace.net.

    Summer Opportunities for Children with Disabilities
    Visit the DirectionService website to download a directory of summer activities, camps and services to youth and families with disabilities.

    UO SAIL Camps

    UO's Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Camps are free to incoming 9th-12th grade students. Priority is given to 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. This video has more information.

    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
    The fantastic two-week Safety Town camp will be held at Mt. Vernon from July 9th through the 20th. Both morning and afternoon programs are full. 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.

    Summer Food Program
    Starting on June 25 and running through August 24, 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. at most sites.
    SPS sites:
    Brattain House, 1030 G St.
    Centennial Elementary, 1315 Aspen St.
    Maple Elementary, 2109 J St.
    Riverbend Elementary, 320 51st St.
    Lunch is also served during the free summer camp at Hamlin Middle School and at Mt. Vernon during Safety Town.
    Also, Guy Lee Park, next to Guy Lee Elementary; Douglas Gardens Park, next to Douglas Gardens Elementary; Page Park, next to Page Elementary; and Thurston Park, next to Thurston High School. See the website for several other Springfield locations, including the Springfield Library and Willamalane Park.

    Willamalane's Summer Playground Program
    Willamalane offers a free, drop-in Summer Playground Program for kids entering grades 1–5 each summer. The sites coincide with many of the free FOOD for Lane County lunch sites.

    Free First Fridays at UO Museum of Natural History
    The museum is open the first Friday of every month for free. <Click for more info.>

    Other Camps
    Willamalane offers a large number of summer camp opportunities. Oregon Family magazine has a nice list of camps. Also check with Nearby Nature, Eugene Science Center (formerly called the Science Factory), Jordan Schnitzer, The Shedd, Rose Children's Theatre, Oregon Community Choir, etc.