For our summer school-age program, we have activities planned every week. Tuesdays will be park days. Wednesday mornings we will have swim lessons available at the UO Student Recreation Center, for an additional charge. Thursdays will be our main field trip days (with the exceptions of July 2 and August 13). Field trips are all day, typically with a park visit either before or after the main event. The fee for weekly field trips is $5.
Mondays and Fridays we will stay close to Moss Street, with some walking trips and an occasional visit to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. We will also be working on our gardens at Moss Street and at the Grove Community Garden throughout the summer.
Weekly Themes and Field Trips for Summer 2019
Week 1 (June 24–28): School is out for Summer!
No field trip this week. We'll take a week to kick back and relax at Moss Street. We will be going on walking field trips to parks and around campus, as well as a to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. We will be playing lots of games, doing crafts, and enjoying the sun with some water play while we ease ourselves into summer.
Week 2 (July 1–5): The Wonderful World of Comics
Field Trip: Nostalgia Collectibles on Tuesday, July 2
Visit a comic book store and explore the great world of comics and graphic novels. Learn about the history of comics and all of the different types of comics out there. We will also be creating our own comics and reimagining ourselves as super heroes.
Week 3 (July 8–12): Take Flight
Field Trip: Oregon Air and Space Museum (Eugene) on Thursday, July 11
Visit the Oregon Air and Space Museum and discover Oregon’s aviation heritage. Explore the art of flight, create some of your own aircrafts, and watch them fly!
Week 4 (July 15–19): Let’s Go Rock Climbing
Field Trip: UO Rock Wall on Thursday, July 18
Visit the rock wall in the Student Recreation Center and learn about the rapidly growing sport of rock climbing and bouldering. Learn about the history of rock climbing and the gear used.
Week 5 (July 22–26): The Night Sky
Field Trip: Eugene Science Center on Thursday, July 25
Use the knowledge you gain from the planetarium and the science center main hall to educate your family on the constellations we see in our night sky as well as conduct some fun science experiments!
Week 6 (July 29–August 2): Birds of Prey
Field Trip: Cascades Raptor Center on Thursday, August 1
Spend the week learning about all kinds of birds, with a focus on birds of prey. We will be taking a visit to the Cascades Raptor Center along with some hikes for prime bird watching and identification. Look deeper into their diets by dissecting owl pellets.
Week 7 (August 5–9): Go Ducks!
Field Trip: Autzen Stadium on Thursday, August 8
Come celebrate the Oregon Ducks with us by taking a tour of Autzen Stadium. Be prepared to wear a lot of green and yellow and to learn about the history of our great university.
Week 8 (August 12–16): Take a Walk in the Woods
Field Trip: Leaburg Fish Hatchery on Tuesday, August 13
Join us for a week focused on Oregon’s great forests. We will be exploring the arboretum that is the UO’s campus, as well as taking hikes around the Eugene area. Learn to identify Oregon’s native trees and all their uses. We will also spend the day in the woods up the McKenzie River around the Leaburg dam and fish hatchery.
Week 9 (August 19–23): Harvest Time
Field Trip: Wintergreen Farm on Thursday, August 22
Summer is quickly coming to a close, but that also means harvest season is upon us. Visit Wintergreen Farm, take a hay ride, learn about how some local farms operate, and even get to try a bit of harvesting yourself. We will also be continuing work on our own gardens and learning about where our food comes from.
Week 10 (August 26–30): Summer Wrap Up
No field trip this week. Fall is upon us and school is almost here. Take the week to prepare for school by learning some useful survival tips to make it through the school year… and in the woods. We will be focusing on having fun in the last few days of summer with lots of water play, crafts, and games, as well as some useful survival skills such as shelter building and using a map/compass. Build a “10 essentials” kit for the woods as well as for school.