Forest Learning Center at Mount St. Helens
The Forest Learning Center, located on Mount St. Helens, is located just inside the blast zones
of one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in North America. The center helps tell the unique
story of the return of the forests on Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption and provides other
fabulous resources for learning about forestry practices and how trees grow. The center is a partnership
between Weyerhaeuser, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk
Bringing the Forests Back
Within months of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Weyerhaeuser began planting 18 million seedlings
in the aftermath. Today, those trees stand over 70-feet tall. They are growing so densely that
thinning is needed to ensure the heartiest have the sunlight, nutrients and space needed to grow
To celebrate the return of the forests at Mount St. Helens, Weyerhaeuser operates the Charles W.
Bingham Forest Learning Center at Mt. St. Helens. The learning center is open to the public with
convenient operating hours and is recognized as a unique learning
experience for visitors of all ages. Admission is free.
To celebrate the return of the forests at Mount St. Helens, and commemorate the 25th anniversary
in 2005, the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation provided a $1 million dollar grant to to Habitat for
Humanity, as well as lumber, including some from trees planted at Mount St. Helens after the eruption.
These donations, along with teams of Weyerhaeuser volunteers, helped build homes for 25 families
in 18 states and provinces across the United States and Canada. See the impression this donation
to Habitat for Humanity had on Former President Jimmy Carter, in 56k and below or broadband.
(You might need a free media player to watch these .wmv files.)
Visit the Forest Learning Center
We welcome you to visit the Forest Learning Center and experience this unique story through exhibits,
views, trails and a playground the entire family will enjoy!
The facility is open to the public from mid-May to October free of charge. Please see our operating
schedule for complete details.
During a visit, you can:
- Walk through a life-like forest and experience the Eruption Chamber.
- Learn about forest recovery, reforestation and conservation of forest resources.
- See spectacular views of the mountain, elk and replanted forests.
- Hike a short trail through the planted forest and learn about biodiversity.Have fun on the volcano
slide at the playground.
We invite you to browse our web site to learn more about the destruction and renewal, including
our interactive sections that allow you to:
Last updated July 3, 2013