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Summer camps are for rising 1st – 8th graders (students who will complete K – 7th grade in June 2020). Camps for 1st – 4th graders are offered all 10 weeks. Select camps are available for rising 5th-8th graders.  Children must COMPLETE kindergarten before enrolling in camp.


9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Drop-Off: 8:30 – 9:00am
Pick-Up: 4:00 – 4:30 pm

June 1, 2020: Please note, we will not be offering Early or Late Care this summer due to COVID-19 precautions.


$275 per week
Members receive 10% off .
Receive an additional 10% off when you register for multiple weeks in one transaction.
Need based scholarships are available. Complete this form to apply.


We recommend signing up for the waiting list on the registration page if a camp is listed as full. There is a very likely chance you will be able to get a spot in camp off the wait list.

2020 summer camps by grade level:

messy science

Messy Science

Slime, explosions, and surprising reactions galore! We will mix, swirl, heat and cool our way to crazy fun science creations. Find out what happens when different substances combine, and prepare to make a mess along the way.


June 22nd – 26th, 2020
July 27th – 31st, 2020


Design it, Build it, Fix it, Share it!

Can you create something that glides, flies, or floats? What about a roller coaster for marbles? Use the engineering design process to take your inventions to the next level! We will tinker, test, and make a mess during this week of challenges designed to practice teamwork and spark your creativity.


June 29th – July 3rd, 2020
August 3rd – 7th, 2020

rocket launch

Astronomical Artists

Step into our planetarium and explore the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Be inspired by fantastic planets, stars, and galaxies and learn about past and future space missions. Design, build, and test your own paper rocket and launch it high into the sky! During this camp you will use arts and crafts to show off your astronomical knowledge for family and friends.


July 6th – 10th, 2020
August 10th – 14th, 2020


Dino Diggers

When did dinosaurs roam the Earth, and what was prehistoric life like? How do paleontologists know what dinosaurs looked like based on fossil evidence? Journey through time and explore fossils, rocks, soils, and what lies beneath the surface of our planet. Watch out — this camp can get volcanic!


July 13th – 17th, 2020
August 17th – 21st, 2020

Science Center Snake

Fur, Feathers, Tails & Scales

Animal lovers, this is the camp for you! Why are some animals furry and others scaly? How do birds fly and fish swim? Meet real animals and learn from their caretakers as we explore the diversity of animals around the world.


July 20th – 24th, 2020
August 24th – 28th, 2020


Curious Chemistry

Prepare to experiment with chemical reactions! Will your experiment melt, freeze, or explode? Is it solid, liquid, gas, or something else? Explore the unique properties of different chemical substances and put your knowledge to the test by solving some curious chemical mysteries!


June 22nd – 26th, 2020
July 27th – 31st, 2020

Explorations in Engineering

Are you an inventor, maker, or mythbuster? Do you like helping people? During this camp, we will explore the different types of engineering used to improve our world and advance technology. Through mechanical, electrical, civil engineering, and more, we will work together to design and improve solutions for problems inspired by the real world.


June 29th – July 3rd
August 3rd – 7th

Adventures in Astronomy

Step into our planetarium and explore the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Be inspired by fantastic planets, stars, and galaxies and learn about past and future space missions. Design, build, and test your own paper rocket and launch it high into the sky! During this camp you will use science and engineering to discover how scientists collect information from beyond planet Earth.


July 6th – 10th, 2020
August 10th – 14th, 2020

volcano stock photo

Dig Into Science

There’s a world of discovery to be found right under our feet! Explore how volcanic eruptions, glaciers, floods, earthquakes, and more have shaped the landscape we see today. Learn about fossils, rocks, and minerals, and identify a mystery dinosaur based on fossil evidence. You’ll even create your own erupting volcano!


July 13th – 17th, 2020
August 17th – 21st, 2020

frog dissection

Mini Vet School

Do you love helping animals? Are you curious about the amazing adaptations animals use to survive? Mini Vet School is your chance to learn all about animal anatomy, caretaking, and more! Meet real animals and learn how humans can help them stay healthy and happy. This camp includes optional dissection labs to explore vertebrate and invertebrate physiology.


July 20th – 24th, 2020
August 24th – 28th, 2020


Coding Cozmos

Our fleet of Cozmo robots are waiting for your command! Learn how to program a robot using block based coding. Teach Cozmo to move items, navigate a maze, and even design your own game! We will go beyond Cozmo to explore Scratch programming and the basics of game development! This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.


June 29th – July 3rd, 2020
July 27th – 31st, 2020

Advanced Astronomy

Dive deep into space science with a group of peers as excited about astronomy as you are!  In addition to hands-on classroom activities, campers will have an exclusive chance to create their own mini planetarium show, with help from our planetarium director, to present to family and friends at the end of the week. This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.


July 20th – 24th, 2020
August 10th – 14th, 2020

bird 1

Conservation Creation

Have you ever wondered how zookeepers design and maintain animal exhibits? What needs do different animals have while being cared for by humans? Learn about the conservation efforts used to protect endangered species, and design your own animal exhibit! This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.


August 24th – 28th, 2020

scratch game

Coding and Game Development Camp

We will begin by using block-based coding to create a mini video game, and advance into the basics of programming with python. Learn about careers in video game development and expand your programming skills at your own pace. This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.


July 13th – 17th


Rocketry and Aerospace Engineering Camp

3-2-1-Blast Off! Learn the basic principles of aerospace engineering and build and launch your own model rockets over 500 feet into the sky! What are the different types of rocket engines? How do you properly design and pack a parachute? Explore the techniques rocket engineers must master before launching rockets into outer space. This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.


August 3rd – 7th, 2020

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made at least 1 week prior to the start of a program are eligible for a full refund or credit, minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations after that are eligible for a 50% refund or credit. No refund or credit will be given if a cancellation is made on the day of the program or later.

Frequently Asked Questions

A:   Our summer camps are designed for children who will have completed K-7th grade before camp begins. The requirement for children to have completed kindergarten is strict. There are no exceptions. If you have a camper who you believe is developmentally and socially capable of being successful in a group of older (or younger) peers, we may make an exception for the grade level you register for. Please contact our Education Director at [email protected] or 541-682-7892 to discuss your unique situation.

A:   We are only offering full-day camps this summer. Our camps run from 9am to 4pm, with extended care available. We have found that full-day camps better meet the needs of working parents in our community. Plus, full-day camps offer campers more time to engage with science inquiry and develop friendships with their peers this summer!

A:   We love hosting educational programming for early learners at Eugene Science Center. However, we simply don’t have the space to offer pre-K camps this summer. To learn more about summer programming for our littlest scientists, like our new Early STEM Storytime, visit this link.

A:   Yes! Summer Camp volunteers must complete an application, background or reference check, and an in-person training before volunteering. If you are a parent interested in volunteering while your child attends camp, you cannot volunteer for your child’s group but can help with a different age group or work behind the scenes. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

A:   We do our best to meet the needs of every young scientist who wants to attend our camps. However, some needs may be beyond our capacity to meet. To discuss your child’s needs, please contact our Education Director at [email protected] or 541-682-7892.

A:   Yes! We offer need-based scholarships thanks to support from our wonderful donors. To apply for a need-based scholarship, complete this online form.

A: Yes! We offer single-day workshops during Winter Break, Spring Break, and most No-School-Days. Visit the school break workshop page for details and registration.

A: Camps for 1st-2nd graders and 3rd-4th graders are capped at 10 children. Camps for 5th-6th graders and 7th-8th graders are capped at 8 children.

In accordance with state health guidelines during COVID-19, all camp groups are limited to stable groups of 10 children. Stable groups may not interact with other stable groups while at camp. For example, camps for 1st-2nd graders will not be allowed to interact with camps for 3rd-4th graders, including at meal and recess times.

During a single week of camp, the total number of campers on site will never exceed 28 children.

A: If you are claiming child care expenses for your tax return, our EIN is 93-0688763.

COVID-19 Updates for Summer Camp: Please Read

UPDATE, June 1st, 2020:

Hello camp families. I want to update you on the changes that are happening in our camps in response to COVID-19. Policies may be added or changed as the situation in Eugene changes or as we see fit for camp operations, but here are the basics:

We will be following the state guidelines for summer camp operations, which include:

  • Keep a log of information needed for contact tracing for a minimum of 4 weeks after a week of camp ends.
  • Restrict from camp any camper or staff known to have been exposed (e.g., by a household member) to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days.
  • Communicate advice to staff not to work, and guidance to parents not to bring their camper to camp, if they or anyone in their household have recently had an illness with fever or a new cough.
  • If anyone who has entered camp is diagnosed with COVID-19, report to and consult with the health department regarding cleaning and possible classroom or program closure.
  • Give frequent reminders to campers and staff regarding hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Campers may wear face masks according to their will, but face coverings cannot be required for use by children and should never prohibit or prevent access to instruction or activities.
  • Children of any age should not wear a face covering: (a) If they have a medical condition that makes it difficult for them to breathe with a face covering; (b) If they have a disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering; (c) If they are unable to remove the face covering independently.
  • To minimize contact during drop-off and pick-up, allow parents to remain outside of the building for sign-in and sign-out of their children.
  • Campers with a fever over 100.3° F will not be allowed to attend camp. If a parent cannot attest to temperature during check-in, camp staff will check the child’s temperature.
  • If a camper or staff member develops a new cough (e.g., unrelated to preexisting condition such as asthma), fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19 during the camp day, isolate them away from others immediately, and send them home as soon as possible.
  • Camps must be limited to maximum stable groups of 10 or fewer children (“stable” means the same 10 or fewer children in the group each day). Our camp capacity was reduced to 10 to comply with this rule. Stable cohorts consist of campers and staff; the number of staff in a cohort does not count to the total of 10. Staff should remain with a single cohort as much as is practicable and feasible. Staff who interact with multiple stable cohorts should wear a face mask and wash/sanitize their hands between stable cohort interaction.
  • Camps must ensure that each stable group remains in the same indoor physical space each day and does not intermingle with any other group.
  • Daily activities and curriculum should support physical distancing, striving to maintain at least 6 feet between individuals.
  • Sanitize frequently touched surfaces multiple times per day.
  • Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, and other methods. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (for example, allowing pollen in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) to children using the facility.

Here are the major changes we are making to camps for the safety of our staff, campers, and community:

  • Camp groups have been limited to 10 children, and individual camp groups will be isolated from other groups on site. For example, camps for 1st-2nd graders will not interact with camps for 3rd-4th graders. Any shared items or surfaces used by campers will be sanitized before being used by a new group.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to comply with state guidelines regarding early and late care, so all sessions of Early (7:30-am – 9:00am) and Late (4:00pm – 5:30pm) Care will be canceled. If you are registered for early or late care, you will be unregistered from them.
  • We will have a drop-off window of 8:30am – 9:00am and a pick up window of 4:00pm – 4:30pm for all camps.
  • Parent drop-off and pick-up will take place outdoors whenever possible.
  • Camp activities will take place outdoors as much as possible, and campers will be socially distanced in classrooms.
  • Camp staff will check temperatures of campers during drop-off.
  • Campers with a temperature over 100.3° or other COVID-19 symptoms (unrelated to a pre-disclosed medical condition) such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; diarrhea; and new loss of taste or smell will not be allowed to attend camp.
  • Campers who refuse to follow health guidelines will be sent home.
  • We will not be providing or requiring face masks for campers. Campers will be responsible for their own masks brought from home and must be capable of independently taking masks on and off and properly wearing masks.
  • We are creating child-size face shields for individual use, and building clear sneeze guards for table work. Face shield are optional for campers, but are recommended when not wearing a mask.
  • Camp staff are prepared to provide a safe environment using positive reinforcement, compassionate encouragement, and lots of fun!


Karyn Knecht

Education Director

Regarding payments for camp:

For registrations made prior to June 10th, we will be processing payments for summer camps online via Square invoices. Please check your email that was listed during registration for an invoice. If you believe there is an error in the amount charged, please email [email protected] Payments are due one week before the start of the week of camp you are registered for. If payment is not received, we will be opening that spot to someone on the waiting list. If you plan to pay for camps but are unable to meet the deadline, please contact us.

Due to increased interest, we have added an addition week for the 5th-6th grade camp Advanced Astronomy. The new week of camp takes place July 20 – 24. Registration is live now!

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