We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Hwy. 504, milepost 33, Castle Rock, WA
Phone Number: 360-414-3439
Website
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 28 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Must stop with kids!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2014
poettica
,
Brit in Washington state
Add Photo Write a Review

28 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Castle Rock, Washington
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, Arizona
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lake Tapps, WA
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Burien, Washington
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Florida
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arnold
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brit in Washington state
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kalama
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Swansea, IL
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
15 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lake Tapps, WA
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed The Forest Learning Center also viewed

 

Been to The Forest Learning Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Forest Learning Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?