Eugene Science Center is actively observing all actions and statements made from Lane County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, federal health officials, and local School Districts to proactively monitor a novel strain of coronavirus, officially named COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests, employees, and community. We will continue to follow guidance from public health authorities as the situation evolves.
UPDATED 3/25/20: Due to Governor Brown’s executive order 20-12, Eugene Science Center will remain closed until further notice. This closure includes our exhibit hall, planetarium, laser shows, and education programs such as camps, field trips and birthday parties. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly.
Anyone who has prepaid for canceled activities, such as education programs or birthday parties occurring through this closure, will have the opportunity to turn their purchase into a donation or receive credit for a future program/event. For refunds or to reschedule previously purchased laser show tickets or facility rentals, please contact [email protected].
Please note that we will be extending all memberships by the amount of time that we are closed.
We are proud to be a part of the Lane County community and are looking forward to resuming our educational programs. For up to date information on our schedule as well as links for good preventative practices and information on COVID-19, please continue to visit this webpage.
The Oregon State Department of Health is the lead agency in public health crisis situations in our state and provides public facilities direction on how to manage responses. We are monitoring activity closely so we can respond quickly to any changes in their recommendations, guidance, and direction.
Eugene Science Center will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice due to state and federal policies.
Camps, workshops, and other education programs will be cancelled if the Eugene Science Center closes for public safety. If you are enrolled in a cancelled program, we will contact you directly with instructions on receiving credits or refunds.
While operating as normal, we are taking extra precautions for the safety of our guests, with frequent sanitation of facilities, classrooms, and exhibits. Children participating in a camp or workshop will receive frequent hand-washing reminders and have access to hand sanitizer.
Please keep your child home if they are sick with fever and/or cold or flu symptoms. Students with acute respiratory illness should not attend Eugene Science Center programs until they are free of fever and other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. Whether it is the flu, COVID-19, or even the common cold, we want to limit germ exposure as best we can.
If your child is ill, keep them at home. Children showing cold- or flu-like symptoms while attending a Eugene Science Center camp or workshop will be immediately sent home with no refund.
If your child is ill on the day of the program and you keep them at home, you may request a credit to be used toward a future Eugene Science Center program. This is a temporary policy to encourage public health safety. Further questions regarding sick policies may be sent to [email protected].
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer composed of at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid shaking hands, if possible. People will understand and no one will take offense.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Practice social distancing.
We have a regular cleaning multiple times a week using products that meet the EPA’s requirements for disinfectants. In addition, we are taking the following steps to increase the level of preventative care against the spread of cold, flu, and COVID-19 (coronavirus).
- Increasing the frequency of disinfection in bathrooms, door handles, and highly touched exhibits, spaces, and surfaces.
- Adding signage to raise awareness of the importance of hand-washing and good health hygiene.
- Adding signage to provide factual information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).
- Providing bins in the exhibit hall for families to place toys or elements that have made their way into young visitors’ mouths. Those items will then be disinfected and sanitized before going back out on the floor.