Partnered STEM Organizations

Lane County is full of organizations offering year-round STEM opportunities for youth and families—check them out here.

Lane Arts Council

The Lane Arts Council Design Arts Apprenticeship program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities in graphic, digital, and physical design. Students pair with a professional designer, working alongside their mentor to understand the profession, explore specific ways to approach design and begin creating on their own. Additionally, the Lane Arts Councils Artist Residency program brings professional teaching artists into kindergarten through high school classrooms to teach a wide range of artistic disciplines, including digital and media arts.

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Forests Today & Forever

Forests Today & Forever offers programs that teach about forest stewardship. We offer field-based programs that take place at working forests where students learn experientially as they are immersed in the forest ecosystem. Forest Field Days is a multi-disciplinary program for middle school students and are our largest field program serving nearly 2,000 students a year. We offer elementary and high school field programs, as well, and work with teachers to create custom field experiences based on classroom learning objectives.

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Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO)

ECO offers a standards-aligned curriculum for K-12 teachers focusing on Pacific Northwest ecology. Sign up online for free Learn at Home lessons and activities for all ages, or contact ECO for information on elementary Place-Based Units: hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum kits for purchase!

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Mount Pisgah Arboretum

We teach students of all ages about local ecology through hands-on field trips that are connected to state science standards. At our site, students can explore all the main habitats of the Southern Willamette Valley on 7 miles of interlocking trails. During field trips, students are split into small groups, led by our Nature Guide volunteers.

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BRING Recycling

BRING provides free waste prevention education including field trips, tours, and presentations to K-12 classrooms, summer camps, youth groups, and community groups in Lane County. BRING offers a range of learning opportunities such as lessons, games, and reusing crafts on topics including mindful consumption, climate hope, food waste, and climate justice. BRING also provides no-cost technical assistance to help Lane County schools maximize recycling, reuse, and food waste collection opportunities.

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Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is a place for making connections—to each other, to our past, and to our future. We offer a variety of seasonal and year-round programs for science and culture enthusiasts of every age.

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WREN

WREN seeks to engage all ages in land stewardship through education, partnerships, and scientific research primarily focused on the West Eugene Wetlands. We offer youth, adult, and family-focused programming through in-classroom lessons, school field trips, outdoor after-school programs, guided Wetland Wanders, Family Exploration Days, and Saturday Morning Wetland Field Days. Our programs incorporate hands-on learning experiences thematically revolved around wetland ecology, Kalapuya peoples’ history in the wetlands, and critical wetland plant and animal species.

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Oregon Green Schools - Lane County

With over 25 years of experience, the Oregon Green Schools program supports K12 schools interested in reducing waste and conserving energy & water. Now, with the updated "track" system, there are even more ways to directly involve students, staff, and parent volunteers. Eligible schools receive $500 (from Lane County Waste Management) by completing an OGS track, and your school receives a local and statewide acknowledgment for its efforts.

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Nearby Nature

Based in our Learnscape Outdoor Classroom in Alton Baker Park, Nearby Nature hosts pre-K through high school programs that focus on the natural sciences, outdoor adventures, earth art, land stewardship, nature play, and gardening. Our place-based field trips, classroom visits, afterschool programs, day camps, family adventures, citizen science programs, and restoration projects provide youth, adults, and families a wide variety of opportunities to engage with nature close to home. Nearby Nature also offers weekly nature activity emails, scholarships through its Every Child Outside (ECO) Fund, and volunteer opportunities for teens through adults.

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Whole Earth Nature School

We provide nature immersion to ages 4-17 to build confidence, resilience, and kinship with nature. We have afterschool programs where we pick up students at their school, camps for school breaks, and Coyote Outdoor School for 5th/6th graders across Lane County.

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Eugene Science Center

Eugene Science Center strives to engage children, excite their curiosity, inspire them toward a lifelong love of learning about science and empower them to use science and technology to improve their communities. We provide a variety of educational programming including interactive exhibits, planetarium shows and presentations, school and public programs, science camps, and special events. We primarily serve children ages 0 to 14 along with their families, teachers, and guardians.

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