Our Forest Learning Center tells the story of Mount St. Helens and the remarkable recovery of forests, fish and wildlife following the eruption. The center, located just inside the volcanic blast zone on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway in Washington state, is the result of a partnership between Weyerhaeuser, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Admission to the learning center and surrounding grounds is free. The center (except for the forest trail) is wheelchair-accessible, and wheelchairs are available for use on-site.


The Forest Learning Center is open and free to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 through Sept. 29, 2024.


From Interstate 5 in Western Washington, take Exit 49 and continue east on Highway 504 to Milepost 33. The Forest Learning Center is located at 17000 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA. The center’s location can be found in Google Maps. Large groups are asked to make reservations at least two weeks in advance. To all visitors: Please watch for wildlife on roadways.


We welcome school groups and field trips of all ages. Please download our field trip planner to learn more. Keep in mind that weather is unpredictable in the mountains; visitors should bring warm clothes, including coats, hats, rain gear and sturdy shoes.

Field trip opportunities may be available from May 17 through November 1, 2024. For more information or to request a field trip, please contact Director.ForestLearningCenter@weyerhaeuser.com.