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World Forestry Center

World Forestry Center and Discovery Museum- This is a popular destination for tourists who are visiting Portland, and locals who enjoy parks, forests, and conservation. Their mission is to educate and inform people about the world's forests and trees, and their importance to all life, in order to promote a balanced and sustainable future. What better place to be located than in the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest, here in Portland.  "The World Forestry Center was established in 1964 as a private, non-profit educational organization. Located in Portland, Oregon, the World Forestry Center operates three programs: the Forest Discovery Center museum; demonstration tree farms; and the World Forest Institute. The board of directors hail from 20 countries and members represent some of the region's leading forestry corporations, academic and research institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

World Forestry CenterIn 1989, the World Forestry Center established a program called the World Forest Institute (WFI), to meet a growing demand for forestry information. As the forestry sector becomes increasingly complex, there is a greater need for international collaboration and exchange of information on forest trade, regulation, management, and forest resources. In response, WFI created the International Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program provides a unique collaboration between the research community, private industry, and the public sector." (Source:


The World Forestry Center hosts events and exhibits throughout the year.  To learn more about what's going on at the World Forestry Center, visit their blog.

Discovery Museum
The 20,000 square foot museum is located in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. Featuring dramatic Cascadian style architecture, you'll marvel at the intricate hand carvings and grand entry outside, and delight at the exhibits inside. Hands-on, interactive exhibits are family friendly and designed to engage visitors to learn about the sustainability of forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Tree Farms
The World Forestry Center owns and operates two working forests donated to us by landowners who wanted to ensure their properties would be protected from development and managed according to the principles of sustainable forestry. 

World Forest Institute
The World Forest Institute was established in 1989 as the information services division of the World Forestry Center.

Visiting the World Forestry Discovery Museum

First Wednesday of each month - Wondrous Wednesday Discount Day. Admission is only $2.00 for anyone age 3-103!

10:00 am to 5:00 pm. daily. 
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

$8.00 adults
$7.00 seniors (62+)
$5.00 children 3-18
Members and children 2 years and under are free.

Group Rates
Group rates available for 10 or more for the Discovery Museum with pre-registration. Please call 503-488-2147.

World Forestry Center Directions and Map

On TriMet MAX
MAX lightrail trails run through downtown from the suburbs to the west and east, from the airport, and from the Expo Center. Washington Park has its own MAX stop, which lets you off right at the front door. Check out TriMet's web site for route maps, fares, connections and schedules.  BUS #63 also runs to Washington Park. Please check for route information.

By Car

Located in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. We are just five minutes from downtown Portland. Our campus includes the Discovery Museum, Miller Hall, Cheatham Hall, the David Douglas Room and Merlo Hall (our business offices).


There is a parking fee of $2.00 per car due when you pay museum admission. Parking is free for members and those attending catered events.

Maps and Directions (Source:
Campus Map  (pdf)

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South to Portland on I-5
Follow the signs for Beaverton and get on US Highway 26 West. Go through the tunnel, and up a gradual hill, then look for the Zoo-Forestry Center signs and exit 72. It's the first one you'll see on Highway 26.

North to Portland on I-5
Take exit 299B for Beaverton, which is just before you get downtown. This puts you on I-405. Take exit 1D to Hwy 26 West. Go through the tunnel, and up a gradual hill, then look for the Zoo-Forestry Center signs and exit 72. It's the first one you'll see on Highway 26.

West to Portland on I-84
Follow the signs for Beaverton, which will send you across the river and put you on I-405. Take exit 1D to Highway 26 West. Go through the tunnel, and up a gradual hill, then look for the Zoo-Forestry Center sign and exit 72. It's the first one, once you are on Highway 26

From downtown
From Downtown Portland, drive south on Broadway (or any of the numbered streets) and turn west onto Clay street. This street takes you right to Highway 26 West, and then take the first exit which is #72 and marked Zoo-Forestry Center.

From the airport
As you leave the airport, take the exit for I-205 south towards Portland. After a few miles, take the I-84 west exit, which also says Portland. Continue on towards downtown Portland, then exit on I-405 towards Beaverton. Head west on Highway 26 and after the tunnel, take the Zoo-Forestry Center exit #72. It's about a 25-minute drive.

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