COVID-19 Closure

Our Discovery Museum and Magness Memorial Tree Farm are still closed to the public.

To support Oregon’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, World Forestry Center closed our Discovery Museum and Magness Memorial Tree Farm in March 2020. Because of limited staffing and the hands-on, high-touch nature of our interpretive spaces, both remain closed at this time.

Decisions about reopening are not being made lightly. We know that the Museum and Tree Farm are important regional and community assets that have been open to the public for decades. If you are interested in receiving updates about our reopening plan, click on the link below to sign up for our email list.

We look forward to welcoming you back to World Forestry Center when we can do so safely. As always, the health of our visitors and staff is our number one priority.

See the answers to some frequently asked questions below.

At World Forestry Center, a pine tree stands indoors

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is World Forestry Center stopping all operations?

No. We continue to work toward a more sustainable forestry future during this period.

How will this impact the Fellowship Program?

World Forestry Center’s International Fellowship Program has been paused due to the pandemic. But our professional programs team is working to evolve the program and make it better than ever.

How I can help World Forestry Center continue its work?

As an organization focused on shaping society through events and experiences, our decision to temporarily close our doors has had major impacts to our funding. We are using this time to strengthen our programming and preparing for when we can once again bring back to our campus.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support our work, contact Merrit Thompson, Interim Development Director at

Can I still rent World Forestry Center’s event facilities?

We are accepting event rentals, provided the event complies with current regulations around public and private gatherings.

For more information about renting our space, please contact us at 503-488-2101 or

Can I still visit Washington Park?

Washington Park is open to the public although certain roads and facilities in the park might be closed. We encourage you to check Portland Parks & Recreation’s website for the latest information on their facilities and programs.

Can I still visit the other attractions in Washington Park?

We encourage you to check the websites of any of Washington Park’s attractions before planning a visit.

Why is Magness Memorial Tree Farm closed?

The decision to temporarily close Magness was not made lightly. We know it is an important regional and community asset that has been open to the public for more than 40 years. However due to operational realities caused by limited staffing, we decided that closure is the best option to support the health and safety of our staff and community.