Change The Way You Look At Trees!
Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, our 20,000 square foot museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103. Visitors will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability.
Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the stunning Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.
The first floor of our museum focuses on forests of the Pacific Northwest and the role they play in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a multitude of other benefits. The Forest Store also provides guests with unique gift and souvenir options, many made in Oregon.
The second floor tells global forest stories exploring climate, wildlife, and how people around the world are connected to and dependent on their local forests. You will also find the special Leadership Hall and our exhibit on Portland’s historic Old Forestry Building that burned in 1964.
Families and school groups will find exhibits that pique curiosity and encourage active learning. This is a must-see attraction for anyone who lives in the Pacific Northwest or is visiting from out of town.
Treemendous Second Saturday
The World Forestry Center Discovery Museum is offering special events each month as part of our Treemendous Second Saturday event series. Come to the Discovery Museum for hands-on learning about trees and forests, and find out how they relate to our every day lives. Fun for all ages! The dates and events for 2018 are:
- March 10: Spring in the Forest
- April 14: Celebrate Trees
- May 12: Career Day
- June 9: Forest Fire Prevention with Keep Oregon Green
- July 14: World Forest Day
- August 11: Smokey Bear’s Birthday
- September 8: TBD
- October 13: TBD
- November 10: TBD
- December 8: TBD
This series will include informal events that will start at 12pm and run for at least two hours. We will provide a craft table all day. Included with the price of museum admission.
Self-Guiding Tours Only.
The World Forestry Discovery Museum is located across from the Oregon Zoo and adjacent to the Hoyt Arboretum and Vietnam Memorial. Students can explore forests top-to-bottom on two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. Focus on the native trees and forests of the Pacific Northwest or “The Four Forests” found around the world. Colorful and thoughtful exhibits are suitable for all ages and include tree planting, wildlife, benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. Allow 1-2 hours. Free admission for teachers and group leaders to help prepare for your trip. No food service or lunchroom is available on site. Many groups combine their visit with a picnic, hike, or project outdoors in the Hoyt Arboretum.
Group registration online only.
Bus reimbursement may be available through OFRI. Click registration form for more information.
The World Forestry Center is honored to support fundraising activities of educational organizations or non-profits. If your organization qualifies for a donation under this criteria, please send us a request and we will donate a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Discovery Museum, located on the World Forestry Center’s campus.
There are two ways to request museum passes:
In person – Bring a donation request letter on your organization’s letterhead to the Admissions Desk in the Discovery Museum and passes will be issued to you at that time.
By mail – Include with your donation request letter, a self-addressed stamped business size return envelope. (Attn: Admissions World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221)
The Discovery Museum hours are 10am-5pm. We are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the winter season between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Questions? please contact Merrit Thompson, Development and Community Relations Manager at or 503.480.2122