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The Forest Learning Center

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Nice small museum visitors center

This visitor center is not at the viewpoint of Mt St Helens but a couple miles away closer to the... read more

Reviewed February 17, 2019
angeleyes27
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Brief, but good snapshot of the area

This is the first visitor's center you see once you begin your ascent (There's one earlier, but... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
bwanderer1
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Everett, Washington
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A museum chronicling the effect of the Mount St. Helen's eruption on the neighboring trees and plantlife.
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Hwy. 504, milepost 33, ., Castle Rock, WA 98649
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Reviewed February 17, 2019 via mobile

This visitor center is not at the viewpoint of Mt St Helens but a couple miles away closer to the main road. There was a nice museum here with life size exhibits and a film which showed a film crew that got stuck here when...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

This is the first visitor's center you see once you begin your ascent (There's one earlier, but it's my understanding that there's an admission charge for that). I like this one in that there was a lot of parking, there are just enough exhibits to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

This was a great free stop about Mount St. Helens eruption, on the way to the actual mountain. Hands on exhibits for kids, bathrooms, gift shop and friendly atmosphere.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank edmondite
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Forest Learning Center is at elevation 2650’. They have a 5-minute video of the eruption and many excellent displays sponsored by Weyerhaeuser.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed August 6, 2018

In between the state's excellent visitor center in Castle Rock and the Johnston Ridge Observatory across the valley Mount St. Helens, you have the Forest Learning Center, a timber company's perspective on the eruption, the area's wildlife, and the role that logging plays in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank dunadan
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

This stop on the wsy up to Johnsons Ridge is a learning experience for all ages. The forest management business is explained in detail in terms everyone can understand. This is a good stop for a picnic on the shaded patio to which is right...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in on a recent visit to Mount Saint Helens. I can't believe that we have never been here before as it had a lot of interesting things. There was some wonderful videos that you could watch about the whole logging process from the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to learn about the area. Well put together with hands on opportunities for children. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. A must if you visit this area.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Penny H
Reviewed June 22, 2018

In an age of politicized science, I was both surprised and refreshed by the presentations, and facilities at the Forest Learning Center. While it's signage looks like it is part of the National Forest, this attraction is privately owned. It shows the common sense side...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mkildal
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Interesting displays inside, and good facilities. Lots of parking. Very good views from various locations.

Date of experience: June 2018
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