COVID-19 Closure

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

To support Oregon’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, World Forestry Center’s staff is working remotely. We have temporarily closed all our Discovery Museum and Magness Memorial Tree Farm.

In the face of a public health recommendation to minimize nonessential social contact and “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections, we want to do our part to support the health and safety of our community.

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 government guidelines and 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 when we can do so safely.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is World Forestry Center stopping all operations?

No. We continue to work toward a more sustainable forestry future during this period. 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. 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.

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. We are adjusting to this new reality, strengthening our programming, and preparing for when we can once again bring people together to weave the social fabric so necessary to shape a sustainable forestry future. Whenever possible, we are evolving and reimagining our work to take place virtually.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support us during this challenging time, contact Merrit Thompson Development & Community Relations Manager at mthompson@worldforestry.org.

Can I still rent World Forestry Center’s event facilities?

We are still accepting event rentals, provided the event complies with government regulations around public and private gatherings.

If you have an upcoming rental scheduled, and you have not yet been contacted by our Event Rentals team and have questions, please contact us at  503-488-2101 or eventsales@worldforestry.org.

Can I still visit Washington Park?

At this time, Washington Park is still open to the public although certain roads and facilities 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?

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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