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Address: Hwy. 504, milepost 33, Hwy. 504, milepost 33, Castle Rock, WA 98649
Phone Number: 360-414-3439
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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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Nice Facilities Including a Free Museum

The Forest Learning Center features a complimentary museum sponsored by Weyerhaeuser that has many kid friendly exhibits focused upon the ecology, flora and fauna of the area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
Steve1362
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Avon, Ohio

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Avon, Ohio
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1,037 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The Forest Learning Center features a complimentary museum sponsored by Weyerhaeuser that has many kid friendly exhibits focused upon the ecology, flora and fauna of the area forests. In addition to the museum, there is a nice playground, a short hiking trail, picnic area that we made use of and, of course, restrooms. There is also a good view of... More 

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Chino Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

The center has a lot of nice exhibits and the films are very good. The hands on exhibits are great for children and adults. Spent a lot longer here than I thought I would. The admission price is good too.... FREE.

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Thank Ken L
Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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Thank WiseTravelers4
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Will W
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank bethgabor
Columbus, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

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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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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Thank Karen M
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 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Jack R
Lake Tapps, WA
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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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