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The Forest Learning Center

Hwy. 504, milepost 33, Castle Rock, WA
360-414-3439
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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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Kalama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
14 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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285 reviews 285 reviews
163 attraction reviews
247 helpful votes 247 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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The Dalles, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This site 40 Minutes from interstate 5 (without any other stops, good luck with that) and is free admission. Well worth the stop on your way to Johnson Ridge Observatory. Lots of information on the regrowth of the forest around Mount St. Helens. There is a tremendous view from the parking lot looking up the North Fork of the Toutle... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

My kids liked this the best of all the St. Helens visitor centers. It is newer and hands tons of hands-on items plus multiple methods of explaining things to keep kids interested.

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Tucson, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

This Forest Learning Center is free because the exhibits are provided by the biggest logging company in the area. I didn't find the exhibits very useful but the bathrooms were clean and there was a nice playground for the kids. What I liked best about this place was the gift shop which, IMHO, has the best selection on the mountain.... More

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Lake Tapps, WA
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The 2013 operating schedule is as follows; Exhibits are open May 17 - September 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily; The gift shop, restrooms, and outdoor facilities are open May 17 - October 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

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