• summer pic Summer Opportunities
    Updated 6/19/17
    *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 resident attending a Springfield high school. Classes in math, Spanish, social students and science run July 5 through July 28. Deadline for signups is June 21.  

    At Our Schools
    Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary and Guy Lee Elementary are both holding a free AMP (Afterschool Miller Program) STEAM camp for incoming 4th- and 5th-graders.
    TRDR's camp will run July 31-August 25, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guy Lee's camp is July 5-28, from 9 to 1:30. Sign up online at TRDR or Guy Lee.
    Hamlin Middle School will be holding its free AMP Summer STEAM Camp for incoming students July 5-28, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is provided. Sign up online.
    Bridge of the Gods Summer Academy (BOGSA) is a free summer program for Native American high school students. BOGSA is a free two-week residential summer academy with classes at UO and LCC. It gives students a chance to increase cultural awareness and increase academic success in a college environment. Space is limited. Apply by June 16.
    Chifin Native Youth Center is offering a summer culture camp August 7-25, Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Call the center at 541-726-4301 or email for more information.
    Brattain House is hosting its Future Leaders Camp for incoming 6th- and 7th-graders from July 10 to July 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities include local field trips, crafts, cultural exploration, lunch, snacks and more. Space is limited; call 541-744-6769 to register.

    Learning Littles Field Trips
    The Learning Littles/Pequeñines Encantados playgroup does not meet in the summer, but they do have field trips (see schedule in English / Spanish) scheduled on Fridays, beginning June 23. 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
    Some of our school libraries are also open during the summer:
    Briggs Middle School's library is open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    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 Springfield Public Library's Summer Reading Program anytime and get a free book.
    Kick-off for children 12 and under is on June 27 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 or download a copy.
    The Summer Reading kickoff party for teens is on June 23 at City Hall.

    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, Douglas Gardens Park from 1 to 3, and Thurston Park from 4 to 6). If you have any questions please contact Linsay Hall.

    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. Coming up: Theater Camp, ChallengeQuest Camp, Crafting/DIY Camp, and Play in the Park Camp. 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.

    STEM Festival at the Lane County Fair
    If you're going to the fair, don't miss the STEM Festival in the Auditorium on Saturday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy displays from Lane County participants of all ages, get hands on in the play areas and get your little ones fired up about all things science and technology.

    LaneSTEM's Make Waves and STEAM On Camp
    Weeklong STEM-based camp for incoming middle schoolers, from July 24-28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at MakerSpace in Eugene. Cost is just $50, and scholarships are available. (Register)

    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
    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, or download the application here. You can also find Safety Town on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringfieldSafetyTown.

    Summer Food Program
    Starting on June 27 and running through August 26, 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.
    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.


    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. 

    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. (View the flyer in English or Spanish.)
    **Volunteer readers are needed for one or more one-hour time slots!

    Saturday Classes at Emerald Arts Center
    Springfield's Emerald Arts Center is offering free Saturday classes for students as well as summer art day camps. Check their website for more information.

    Other Camps
    Willamalane offers a large number of summer camp opportunities. The UO has a list of UO-affiliated summer camp opportunities. Oregon Family magazine has a nice list of camps. Also check with Nearby Nature, Science Factory, Jordan Schnitzer, The Shedd, Rose Children's Theatre, Oregon Community Choir, etc.