Summer Learning Around Oregon

Centro Cultural – Washington County

On July 14th, one Oregon program was lucky enough to host a White House Official as part of this years efforts to raise awareness for National Summer Learning Day. Established in 1972, Centro Cultural de Washington County is the oldest culturally specific Hispanic organization in Oregon serving large numbers of Latino residents. Centro fills an important role in their community as an all-purpose hub where people can access services, attend classes and be connected with resources of all kinds.

Most recently, Centro Cultural has had an additional focus on engaging middle school youth, supporting local high school leaders in the community, utilizing the afterschool model to support science, math and literacy development, and providing summer learning programming for youth. Centro works hard to help youth become empowered advocates,able to use their own voices and resources to help make a change within the community.

Mazama STEAM – Klamath Basin, OR

The Mazama STEAM camp provides a week long experience for 2nd-6th graders in the Klamath Basin, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Students rotate through activities in age groups, getting two experiences each day. Last year students designed catapults, dissected electronics, learned why popcorn pops and created sand castles, and there are new ideas in the works for this summer! The camp is a collaboration between the science, art and culinary art departments at Mazama High School and is a new program in collaboration with Oregon Tech. Mazama teachers volunteer their hours to run the camp and this year Mazama STEM&M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) students will be volunteering as helpers. This STEAM camp is an awesome experience for basin youth and will be offered in August. Registration opens May 1st and space is limited to 75 campers, so sign up early! For more information check out our website.

High Desert Museum – Bend,OR

The High Desert Museum offers a variety of fun and educational summer opportunities, for everyone in the family! The museum offers several summer camps for K-5th graders which offer entertaining and unique ways for kids to learn about nature, science, art, incenting and history. The camps are themed with a variety of offerings including WIldlife Camp, Slipper Scales Camp, Invent, Design, Build for Girls! and more. They are all week-long day camps that aim to spark imaginations and inspire kids with hands-on activities and memorable experiences.

There are also a variety of opportunities for the entire family! Two permanent indoor exhibits bring the rich cultural history of the High Desert to life and the Miller Family Ranch lets you step back in time to 1904. Rain, Snow or Shine is a temporary exhibit now through July 17 that explores how weather is created and why there are seasons. Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression explores public art created in the 1930s and will be open through October 2nd. Raptors of the Desert Sky is a popular flight show occurring from Memorial day through Labor Day, where you can listen for owls flying silently through the crowd or snap pictures of speedy falcons, hawks, golden eagles or turkey vultures. The museum also offers daily wildlife encounters, naturalist-led walks, the Desertarium and special activities.

Visit our website for a complete list of programs and events for kids or your entire family!

Camp Fire Central Oregon

Camp Fire Central Oregon offers several opportunities for kids, with something to interest everyone! SummerKids is a Monday-Friday themed day camp for K-6th graders. Children will learn valuable communication, teamwork, and leadership skills as they play, create, and have fun with their friends. Themes cover a week and include Science, Fantasy, Art, Circus and more! There is also the option for extended care for busy families and families can just pick days if they need more flexibility.

Tumalo Day Camp offers a rich group experience for Pre-K-7th graders to share joy and responsibility and make new, lasting friendships. Located at Tumalo State Park, campers get to experience close involvement with the natural world, inspiring their wonder and building awareness. Campers will get hands-on experience learning outdoor skills such as fire building, knife and tool safety, basic orienteering and outdoor cooking, as well as have time for fun games, crafts, camp songs, and silly skits! This camp is offered twice during the summer.

Klamath Falls City Schools

Klamath Falls City Schools (KFCS) offers summer academies for students grade K-12 free to all Klamath Falls City Schools students. Summer Academy is open to grades K-8 and runs during the month of July for half the day with breakfast, lunch and transportation provided. Curriculum focuses on math, language arts, science, art, PE and field trips for students in grades K-5 and middle schoolers are also offered the math academy and math studio professional development to help them jump-start their skills for high school. The Klamath Union High School Summer Academy gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to recover math credits, earn english language elective credits, and dual credits in a career pathway. The four career pathways this summer are Exploring Health Careers, Introduction to Computing Skills, Introduction to the Food Service Industry, and Introduction to Emergency Medical Services. Transportation is provided for the High School Academy.

For more information about K-5 Summer Programming contact Director of Federal Programs Gerard Collins at (541)883-4744. For more information about programming for students in grade 6-12 contact 21st Century Community Learning Centers Director Gayle Yamasaki at (541)883-4702. For more information about Migrant Summer Programs contact ELL Director Lisa Goodfellow at (541)883-4744.