Forest Discovery Center Museum
After a $7 million, 6-month renovation, the museum reopened on June 30, 2005. The museum is located in Portland's Washington Park. A dramatic "Cascadian" style architecture, you'll be amazed at the hand carvings and grand entry outside and be delighted by all the exhibits inside. The museum features permanent and traveling exhibits and gallery shows as well as hands-on, interactive exhibits for the whole family and is designated to engage visitors to learn about the forests and trees of the Pacific Northweest and around the world.
"Our mission is to educate and inform people about the world's forests and trees, and their importance to all life, in order to promote a balanced and sustainable future."
It's all made in Oregon
I'm sure almost every other state has it's own version, but the Made in Oregon stores are great!
There are 11 of them in Oregon, most in the Portland area. Locations include the Portland International Airport,downtown Portland (at 921 SW Morrison and 10 SW 1st St.), at the three large shopping centers in and near Portland (Washington Square, Lloyd Center and Clackamas Square), Salem, Eugene and Newport on the coast..
The first Made in Oregon opened in 1975 with the idea they would carry products from 100 different Oregon sources. Now they say the things they sell come from 4,000 different tradespeople. There is a huge variety of products that are all "made, caught or grown" in Oregon - wine, food (such as salmon, hazelnuts, marionberry, Tillamook cheese), crafts, artwork, books, games, Pendleton woolen mills blankets and clothes, myrtle wood bowls, souvenirs and much more.
They put together gourmet gift packs to send or take as gifts.
There is a section of items representing the Oregon State Beavers and the University of Oregon Ducks, including games and food items (nuts!), but that would probably be of interest mostly to Oregonians or alumni. (Go, Beavers!)
If you are looking for things to remember your visit to Oregon, you'll be sure to find them in a Made for Oregon store. Wide price range, from a dollar or two for a souvenir to a couple hundred for a special Pendleton blanket.
Don't forget -- there's no sales tax in Oregon.
. Go to Multnomah Falls.(about...
. Go to Multnomah Falls.(about 20 miles East)following the Columbia River through the magnificent Columbia Gorge,as seen by explorers Lewis and Clark.Go wind surfing on the Columbia in the small town of Hood River. See awesome Mt. Hood (11,340 ft.) See the Rose Garden in Portland's Washington Park, and the Japanese Garden.Washington Park is the largest city park in the U.S.Yes, it is larger than Central Park in N.Y. City. Portland is the 'Rose City'.Be sure to see the huge rose 'test' garden at Washington Park, where hundreds of varieties are grown. Shop on N.W. 23rd Ave. at fine shops and boutiques..have lunch at McMennamins Pub.Walk the beautiful streets of downtown. Go to the theatre or to a symphony.Do not miss the 'funky' area of Hawthorne (appx. eight blocks on Hawthorne St.)There are many retro shops and wonderful small restaurants. Transportation is simple and inexpensive.Walking is the best way to see Portland, or on a bicycle. All streets have bike lanes.See the new Chinese Garden in old Chinatown. The ease of getting around and ofcourse, the beauty of the area.I have lived in Portland only four years, but hate to leave for more than a month (except to travel Europe).The Oregon Coast is the most beautiful in the Pacific Northwest.Watch whales migrating south to Mexico. Storm watch.Stroll the beautiful beaches. Have dinner at great seafood restaurants. Do not miss having the best Salmon in the country (maybe the world).I live here, ofcourse and am very proud to be an Oregonian. Memories continue on a daily basis.