Local STEM Programs

Summer & Out of School Programs

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Outdoor Study Group

Cascade Mountain School

Day and overnight summer camps in Trout Lake on topics including making, outdoor leadership, and more. Also runs in-school programs.


Flying Planes

Civil Air Patrol

Cadet program for ages 12-20 includes aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness, and character development.


River Valley

Columbia Riverkeeper

Events throughout the year related to water quality monitoring, legal advocacy, and community organizing efforts to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, including community habitat restoration at the Nichols Natural Area to engage, education and inspire the diverse communities of the Columbia Gorge.


Gardening Together

Community Youth Center (White Salmon)

After school activities, workshops, opportunities to provide community service, and more. Youth also participate in maintaining a community garden.


Summer Camp Kids

Gorge Ecology Institute

Place-based and experiential summer camps and after-school programs for elementary students. High school students can apply to be mentors. Also runs in-school SECRETS program.


Halftone Rocket

Gorge Rocket Club

Monthly model rocket launches in Parkdale. Interested adults or families can sign-up through Hood River Community Education.


Server Installation

Gorge Technology Alliance

Leads several STEM efforts in the Gorge including: FIRST LEGO Robotics, Gorge Wind Challenge, STEM Career Day, monthly Geek Lunches, Women in STEM initiative, and numerous networking events.


Casual Business Meeting

Gorge Works

2022: Not currently offering internships, but that may change. Check back soon.

Paid summer internship program, including many roles in STEM fields.


Robot on Wheels

FIRST Robotics

Four levels of robotics teams and competitions, from kindergarten through high school. Many teams are school-affiliated, but they can also be coached independently. Several teams in the Gorge, especially in Hood River and Wasco Counties.


Children's Outdoor Activity

Let's Get Out

Offers adventure sports and outdoor exploration camps in the summer around Hood River.


Plant Nursery

OSU Extension - Hood River County

STEM-related programs include Master Gardeners, Small Farms, and 4-H. Other programs: Oregon Open Campus and Food Safety.


Nutritional Cooking

OSU Extension - Wasco County

Programs include food safety, nutrition education, gardening, STEM Camps and afterschool, and 4-H.


Computer Class

Wasco County 4-H STEM Programming

Programs available throughout year and summer in several STEM topics including: robotics, computer coding, maker activities, career awareness, textiles, and more.


Robot on Wheels

VEX Robotics

Two robotics programs: IQ for grades 4-8 and EDR for high school. Kids work in teams throughout the fall and compete against others in the winter. Can be school-sponsored or independent teams. Local contact: Email for more info. National website here.