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Address: Hwy. 504, milepost 33, Castle Rock, WA
Phone Number: 360-414-3439
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: A museum chronicling the effect of the Mount St. Helen's eruption on the...
A museum chronicling the effect of the Mount St. Helen's eruption on the neighboring trees and plantlife.
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intersting stop and great view

we stopped here and visited the exhibits-very informative and interesting for both the parents and the teenagers in the group. The day was clear and we got a good view of Mt. St... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

we stopped here and visited the exhibits-very informative and interesting for both the parents and the teenagers in the group. The day was clear and we got a good view of Mt. St. Helen's, so did not bother driving further and having to pay for the visitor center!! Exhibits here looked to be better than the exhibits at the first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Wow this is a great place for kids to get some hands on education about the area. Lots of room for parking and easy to get in and out. Great views as long as the clouds are not in the way. There is a really nice outdoor play area to let those kids get some energy out too.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The forest learning center is a surprisingly enjoyable and informative stop on the approach to Mount St. Helens, despite its blatant display of corporate propaganda. There's also a short hiking trail and some nice lookout points on site - the center is perched above the valley left behind by lava flow, and it almost looks like a moonscape.

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Columbus, MI
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68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

As the other reviews say, This is not a Forest Service or other Government Agency Information Centre, but we found the information very well presented, and the film had the most actual footage of the eruption and its aftermath. Superb hands on room stuffed with natural exhibits for children and adults alike. Bathrooms were clean and water fountains icy child.... More 

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Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This place is truly a necessary stop to understand the magnitude of trees that were blown down or killed as they stood. It explains in detail how many were destroyed and how many were planted.

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Castle Rock, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You enter the building to the sounds of nature....birds chirping in trees, woodpecker pecking on a fur tree, deer and other wildlife in their natural habitat...THEN open the door to a living-hell. It is dark, only lit by the looping film of a reporter actually living through the eruption THAT day. Once you can see....the room is total destruction with... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Our bus group arrived just as the exhibits opened. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful to our group of UK Visitors. Plenty of great souvenirs in the gift shop. Prices were a little high, but quality and selection is good.

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Lake Tapps, WA
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

For 2015, it's nice to see that the exhibits are open May 15 – September 20, seven days a week, 10am – 4pm. Great place to stop.

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Burien, Washington
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Along our ride down from Johnston Ridge, we stopped at many turnouts and attractions as we could fit in. This was one of them. It was FREE to enter. However, the shop was very touristy and pricey. They have customers over a barrel, one can of Pepsi was $1.50 and so was the bottle of water. Unfortunately we where very... More 

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Lake Wales, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited the forest learning center after Johnston Ridge. We enjoyed both places, but the Forest learning center has a better museum than the Johnston Ridge site. Johnston Ridge has a better view of the mountain though. If I could only visit one I would visit the Johnston Ridge site as it has the view. However if I has to... More 

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