Summer at the Discovery Museum

Spend this summer at the Discovery Museum! World Forestry Center has curated events for all ages throughout the summer to further connect you and your family to forests. All events are included with the cost of museum admission.

See the schedule of events below:

Storytime with Andrea, every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 11:30 am
June 5 & 19; July 3 & 17; August 7 & 21

Children and families of all ages are welcome to gather in the Discovery Museum’s reading nook for storytime. Led by WFC team member Andrea, this weekday morning program is perfect to get you and your little ones out of the house and listen to stories and tales about our forests. Coloring pages and other additional activities will be provided.

Forest Crafts, the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm
June 15; July 20: August 17

We have partnered with Portland-based children’s art coordinator RAD Creative to provide all-ages crafts at the Discovery Museum once a month. Each month features a different forest-centric craft: June 15 – forest bracelets; July 20 – forest in a bottle; August 17 – tree people. Work on the craft as a family and bring the forest home with you.

Forest Talks, the 4th Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm
June 23; July 28: August 25

Oregon’s forest education program, Talk About Trees, moves out of the classroom and into the Discovery Museum to share the complex world of forests with preschool-8th grade students. This interactive science-based program offers hands-on learning to increase students’ knowledge and awareness of forestry-related issues.

Featured Art Exhibit: Tree People
On display June 1 – September 29

On display in the featured gallery at the Discovery Museum, is World Forestry Center’s latest art exhibit Tree People. From an almost forgotten treasure of beliefs and traditions, Finnish photographers Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo present stories that illuminate the sacred connection between people and trees.

Special Partnered Events:

  • June 1 at noon – Kids’ Story Time & Puppet Tree: Join author Leslie Barnard Booth at the Discovery Museum for a reading of her new STEM picture book, One Day This Tree Will Fall. This critically acclaimed picture book brings new life to the forest, perfect for curious kids and nature lovers. After storytime, enjoy an interactive puppet show featuring tree-dwelling animals of the Pacific Northwest.
  • July 14 at 1:30 pm – Film Screening & Wildfire Preparedness Discussion: Join us at the Discovery Museum’s theater for a screening of The West is Burning (2021). After the screening, join Jen Warren, a Fire Risk Reduction Specialist from the Oregon State Fire Marshal office, to discuss preparing yourself, your family, and your community for wildfire season.
  • August 4 at 1:00 pm – Tree People Coffee Hour: Also known as a Finnish coffee hour, join our partners from Nordic Northwest for a cup of coffee (or tea!) and conversation in the art gallery at the Discovery Museum. Learn about the active Nordic community in Portland and dive deeper into our featured art exhibit, Tree People. RSVP here.