Summer is here!

Summer is here, and with it the dreaded choruses of "I'm bored!" Don't let summer boredom leach away all the hard work of the last nine months! Here is a list of things to do to keep the mind and body moving during the warm season.


1. Hiking

Those of use who live in Lane County know this little secret: we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We have access to trails and locales that most can only dream of. Why not make a resolution to go visit them this summer? While you are out, get the whole family involved in some outdoor learning. How many types of trees can you spot while hiking at Silver Creek Falls? Can you find five different types of insects at Fall Creek Reservoir? Take a journal with you and sketch pictures of the kinds of flowers you see to classify later at home. There is no end of fun to be had on Pacific Northwest hiking trails!

2. Festivals and Fairs

Did you know that there is a Scottish Festival in Eugene in May? What about the Food Truck Fest in June? The Black Sheep Gathering for fiber arts crafts?

You will not run out of things to do this summer! Check out this site for more information on local events and a searchable calendar. Many of these events are family-friendly, and can turn into cultural learning experiences for children and adults alike!

3. Camps

From outdoor camps to educational sessions, Lane County offers a wide variety of options for students to enjoy. If you think you might be interested in an educational camp, Oregon Tutor has you covered with a selection of fun and interactive camps for students this summer!

4. Camping

Admit it, when you looked at that picture you could smell a campfire and hear the crackle of the flames.

For many of us who grew up in this area, camping is synonymous with summer. Pack up everything you need (or at least everything that will fit) in the car, stop for ice on the way out of town, and you can be in what feels like the middle of nowhere in half an hour!

Camping is also a great time to teach skills like fire safety, water safety, plant identification, and animal taxonomy. There is nothing more hands-on, and nothing that creates lasting memories quite like this experience!

5. Gardening

What could be better than an educational family activity that yields food in the end? Learn about plants, the water cycle, and seasons through a small family garden (or big if you're feeling ambitious!). Giving kids a pot with a plant of their own to take care of can also teach responsibility and planning. The cycling back and forth from rain to sun that we experience in the late spring and early summer is perfect for growing big, healthy plants, and eliminates the need to water continuously through the busy week days.


This summer, I hope you take advantage of the many opportunities for growth and learning that we are fortunate to have in Lane County. Not everything is taught in a classroom, and many of these activities can create favorite childhood memories. Now get out there and have fun!

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