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World Forestry Center

4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
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Ranked #70 of 310 Attractions in Portland
Description: Museum containing fun, interactive exhibits on forestry and forest conservation.
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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I recently visited Oregon with my parents and 9 year old daughter. This was a wonderful hands on place. My 9 year old and I both loved the parachutte guiding and the exhibits were all great! There was a Dr. Suess exhibit at the time we went which was wonderful.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The center is very well done, and it has some really good exhibits of older trees, they had trees old as 225 million years. However the Seuss exhibit really took the cake. The behind the scenes pictures and the statues was wonderful!

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Portland, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This attraction is informative and has a few hands on activities for the kids but it is a bit pricey. If you are looking for something to do on a hot or rainy day this would take up some of the time. A less expensive outdoor option would be the Magness Memorial Tree Farm in Sherwood.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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143 reviews 143 reviews
83 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stopped here because it was 90 plus degrees out and we had already been outside all day and any place offering an air conditioned respite would have seemed appealing. That said, I am glad we stopped. It was a pleasant way to spend at most an hour and a half (we really took our time and watched all the... More

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Eugene, OR
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I'd give the museum itself four stars -- it's beautiful, informative, and interesting. (Four rather than five since it barely mentions the fascinating biology of trees.) I don't think it's worth $9, though, which pushes the overall rating to three stars.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Even with a degree in natural resources and several years working in the field, there is always something to learn. Especially if you are visiting from a different part of the country or world. We stopped in when there were two elementary school groups there and enjoyed the excitement and energy of dozens of children.

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Portland, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Site is worth taking young children for playing and discovering. However, being a Portland native, the old Forestry Center put us more in touch with trees and forestry. Make it a day be visiting the Children's Museum and the Zoo.

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Loveland, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our visit to the World Forestry Center, a short drive from downtown Portland, it shares a parking lot with the Portland Zoo and the Hoyt Arboretum. The exhibits are interactive, well put together, beautiful (I loved the examples of petrified wood!), and fun. We especially loved the Dr Seuss exhibit featured right now. We... More

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san diego
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19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

The museum is nice as far as design goes, the exhibits are so so for me. I learned a little bit about forestry and logging but nothing I could not find on the internet. The best part of my visit was the bus ride up to the museum and having a walk around the area which is quite beautiful. In... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It isn't very big, but it is very interactive. The children loved it. They learned a lot without really knowing it! I was pleasantly surprised with the centre.

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