COVID-19 Closure

World Forestry Center is temporarily closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

World Forestry Center will close all public offerings and programs – including our Discovery Museum, Washington Park Campus, and Magness Memorial Tree Farm – through April 30, 2020.

As of now, we plan to reopen our campus and resume operations on Friday, May 1. This is to support Oregon’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. During this temporary closure, World Forestry Center staff who can work remotely will do so.

This decision was a difficult one to make, as I know it will impact all your lives. However, in the face of a public health recommendation to minimize nonessential social contact and “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections, we believe we must do our part to support the health and safety of our community.

This situation is changing rapidly. We will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 and make decisions to help safeguard the health of our visitors and staff based upon the recommendations of public health agencies, including U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

See the answers to some frequently asked questions below.

As always, the health of our visitors and staff is our number one priority. We look forward to welcoming you back to World Forestry Center.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is World Forestry Center stopping all operations?

No. We will continue to work toward a more sustainable forestry future during this period of closure. Our programmatic and administrative staff who can work remotely will do so. Our facilities staff will adjust their schedules so they can continue to monitor and maintain our Washington Park campus and Magness Memorial Tree Farm while minimizing social contact.

Has there been a case of COVID-19 at World Forestry Center?

No. We do not have any confirmed cases connected to our campus or staff. However, given that COVID-19 has already been diagnosed in Multnomah County due to community spread, we believe that we must do what we can for the health and safety of our community. Currently, experts suggest the best thing we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to minimize nonessential social contact (e.g., social distancing). This facility closure is our way of supporting that effort.

Why did you choose to close until April 30?

Like other organizations around the world, we are trying to make concrete decisions during this fluid situation. Originally, we decided on a four-week closure and planned to open on April 12. However, we’ve reviewed the latest developments and recommendations related to COVID-19 and have decided to extend our campus closure through the end of April. We know that other companies, organizations, and attractions have chosen to close for different periods, and we respect the considerations that went into their decision making.

What will happen to World Forestry Staff during the closure?

Staff who can work from home will do so. Staff who cannot work remotely will continue to be paid throughout the closure. We already offer our full-time employees health insurance and generous sick leave and have encouraged them to use them if they feel sick.

How will this impact the International Fellowship Program?

For the first time in over 25 years, World Forestry Center’s International Fellowship Program will not happen as planned in 2020. But we are adapting in real-time to make the program better than ever. Learn more about why we made the difficult decision to cancel the program this year.

How I can help World Forestry Center continue its work?

As an organization focused on shaping society through events and experiences, our decision to temporarily close our doors is having immediate impacts. In the coming weeks, we will adjust to this new reality, strengthen our programming, and prepare for when we can once again weave the social fabric so necessary to shape a sustainable forestry future. If you would like to learn more about how you can support us during this challenging time, contact our Director of Philanthropy, Rick Zurow at rzurow@worldforestry.org.

What happens to my rental of World Forestry Center’s event facilities?

If your rental is scheduled during the closure period, you should have already been contacted by our Event Rentals team about rescheduling or refunding your event. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If your event is scheduled after the closure, we are currently expecting that it will move forward as planned. If you have questions specific to your event, please contact eventsales@worldforestry.org for more information.

Can I still visit Washington Park?

At this time, Washington Park is still open to the public although certain roads in the park might be closed. We encourage you to check Portland Parks & Recreation’s website for the latest information on their facilities and programs.

Can I still visit the other attractions in Washington Park?

As this situation is changing rapidly, we encourage you to check the websites of any of Washington Park’s attractions before planning a visit.

Why is Magness Memorial Tree Farm closed?

The decision to temporarily close Magness was not made lightly. We know it is an important regional and community asset that has been open to the public for more than 40 years. However, after evaluating public health recommendations to minimize nonessential social contact, operational realities caused by limited staffing during the closure, and potential risks to our employees and visitors, we decided that closure is the best option to support the health and safety of our staff and community.

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