World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, Portland, Oregon

4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon 97221

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The museum is small, but its location near the Portland Children's Museum and Oregon Zoo makes it worth a stop.

Address: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon 97221

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Phone: 503-228-1367
Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Price: Adults: $8; Children: $5; Children under 3: Free; Seniors (62+): $7

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Recommended for a rainy day in Portland. If there is a good weather - go somewhere else.

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Submitted by: Natalie S.

I know we aren't the target age group for this museum (late 20's), but my husband and I had a really good time wandering around and looking at the different exhibits. If you'll let your mind wander a little bit you'll find lots of things to spark your own thinking. For instance, is clear-cutting always bad? If the whole tree is used (down to the sawdust) how does this compare to the energy it takes to build a home with rammed earth or recycled plastic materials? Where exactly is the intersection between sustainable and profitable? One thing I really enjoyed is that they didn't try to over simplify the questions. For instance, when talking about world forests they didn't vilify indigenous people for using sla...

Submitted by: Laila P.

I was not impressed... I guess maybe because I'm not a kid and a small fake forest doesn't delight me nearly as much as the real forest jus...

Submitted by: John H.

great place for the whole fa...

Submitted by: Kenneth H.

The world forestry center is pretty awesome for what it is.   A small, modern museum dedicated to everything forest that sits next to the Zoo and the children's museum may be the hidden gem of the bunch.  There are 2 floors full of hands on interactive displays that are both educational and recreational.  I really like the way they present the material from an environmental stewardship standpoint but also making sure to acknowledge the need for a smart modern timber industry.  The history of Oregon is certainly tied to trees, and for better or worse still is.  My one gripe with the information presented is that all of the exhibits get kind of repetitive with most of them teaching the same lesson and showing ...

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