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The Forest Learning Center

Hwy. 504, milepost 33, Castle Rock, WA
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Leisure education
Description: A museum chronicling the effect of the Mount St. Helen's eruption on the neighboring trees and plantlife.
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Burien, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

There was a lot of information in this center. It is privately owned and very well done. As an ex-school teacher, my first thought was surely the schools bring students here for a field trip.

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Brit in Washington state
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Plan to stop here on your way up or down the mountain. Free admission. Hands on exhibits (including a helicopter). Short informative movie. This is a great place to get your family excited to see the mountain in her full glory.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Ya gotta take ALL day to stop at all the awesome facilities. This is a must stop esp. with kids. Just know that they are CLOSED ON THURSDAYS!

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Swansea, IL
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142 reviews 142 reviews
15 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

If you are going to visit Mt. St. Helen's, you must stop here and enjoy all the exhibits, the hands-on activities, and the movie. You will definitely leave knowing much more about this whole devastating event that occurred on May 18, 1980. There is a real nice gift shop with much merchandise. We always want to buy something to support... More

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Lake Tapps, WA
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The 2014 operating schedule is as follows; Exhibits are open May 9 – September 1, Friday – Wednesday (closed Thursday), 10am – 4pm; The gift shop, restrooms, and outdoor facilities are open May - October, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

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Madison, South Dakota
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294 reviews 294 reviews
165 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is one of three "official" visitor centers; the other two are the Forest Service one at the volcano and the one run by the State of WA near Castle Rock. This one has been provided by the forest products industry and does have some interesting information about managed forests and forestry but primarily it is an opportunity for the... More

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Lafayette, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This place was GREAT! My 4 year old enjoyed it - the movie was informative but nice and short - only 5 minutes. The activities were very hands-on. There was a volunteer who stopped me to show me and the 4 year old a hands-on activity we had missed. The information there was super interesting. It was not just a... More

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new milford, ct
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Pretending to be an informational attraction this is really a place to lobby for timbering the forests and to sell souvenirs.

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