The Perfect Place to Spend a Day in The Woods
Tucked away in the Chehalam Mountains of the Willamette Valley, Magness Memorial Tree Farm and Heater Grove is the perfect place to explore and learn about our internationally recognized demonstration forest and outdoor education site.
Land for this educational project was donated to the non-profit World Forestry Center in 1977 by generous local residents Howard and Panzy Magness.
The Heater Grove was donated in 1997 by the Robert Heater Family as a mature growth cedar grove. The grove has historically been used as the final resting place for members of the family.We are honored to be caretaker of their memorial and neighbor to the family farm.
Located approximately four miles south of Old Town Sherwood and 10 minutes west of 1-5 Wilsonville exit 283, Magness Memorial Tree Farm is an internationally recognized demonstration forest and outdoor education site only 45 minutes from downtown Portland.
Originally developed as a demonstration site for woodland owners to showcase forest management and silviculture, we are open to the general public, dawn to dusk, year round; barring private events and other special closures. With 2.5 miles of hiking trails (some with self guiding interpretive signs), sheltered picnic areas, meadows, streams and forests it is the perfect place to spend the day in the woods!
Leashed dogs are welcome at the property.
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Looking to give back through volunteer service? Learn more by contacting Liam Hassett at 503.625.7471 or
Group Self-Guided Tours – Reservations Required
This beautiful outdoor education site on Parrot Mountain was donated to the World Forestry Center by the Magness family in 1977. Two miles of diverse woodland hiking trails and small picnic shelter are open to the public daily. Students of all ages can study native trees, seasonal wildflowers, wildlife habitat, forest and stream ecology, and common forest management strategies. This is a great location to conduct hands-on research projects and work on scout badges. Allow 2-3 hours. The large picnic shelter can be reserved for your group year-round. Many groups combine their visit with a trip to the nearby Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Graham Oaks Nature Preserve or Champoeg State Park.
$2.00 per person. One chaperone for every 10 students is free. Pre-registration and payment needs to be made in advance of your trip. No money will be accepted at Magness.
Hours & Closures
We are open dawn to dusk year round. We do periodically close the Tree farm, facilities and/or sections of trails for private events, active forest operations, and/or our own discretion. While this is rare, please respect closures when they do occur and be patient while we do our best to reopen access.
Violators of our rules may be ask to leave. We are a private facility open to the public and reserve the right to refuse anyone at our discretion. Our rules are subject to change.
- Stay on the trails. Have fun. Learn something new every time you come!
- All dogs must be on a leash. There are predators in the forest. Leashes are for their protection and for the protection of our visitors and the wildlife; control/prevention of invasive species; and health of sensitive habitat, soils and streams.
- No smoking and please don’t litter.
- No tent camping. Please contact our rental staff to book our bunkhouses, picnic shelter, or Education Center.
- No cooking fires outside of designated areas.
- NO OUTSIDE FIREWOOD. We have firewood available for purchase. Learn more about TNC’s Don’t Move Firewood Campaign
- No visiting outside of daylight hours without expressed permission from WFC staff. Violators will be treated as trespassers.
- When holding an event at Magness, all alcohol distribution will require a licensed distributor for your guests.