This discovery museum has two floors. The lower level is all about the forests here in the Pacific Northwest. The focal point is this display in the center of the room showing plants & animals you can find in our forests.
Left: Different sized tree “cookies” showing the diameter of a tree at various ages. It is amazing to see how big trees can get.
Right: They have a timberjack harvester that the kids can sit in & steer & push buttons. It is big, real big – so, of course, the kids love it. This photo shows the part of the machine that picks up trees. The museum also has a computerized simulator with the goal of collecting as many logs as possible.
This parachute is a smokejump simulator. My kids love trying out their skills at smokejumping.
Learning to plant a tree correctly.
There is a small area a few steps below the first floor showing what it looks like underground. There are roots, worms & animal dens.
The kids love climbing through a large nurse log. Inside are displays showing animals that make a home out of the down log.
The upper level showcases forests from all around the world. There is a display showing where the forests are located throughout the world and what type of products come from these forests.
A fun virtual trip around the world in various transportation vehicles explores the many types of forests. The first stop is a train ride through the boreal forest of Russia. Then, a boat ride in China through a temperate forest. Next, a jeep ride in the subtropical forest of southern Africa. The last stop is a crane ride in the canopy of a tropical forest in Brazil.
I love how interactive this exhibit is. My only complaint is that it is difficult to hear the narrator. So, it’s hard to keep my kids attention on what is being said. Maybe if we go here enough times they will finally hear the entire script.
This is a great museum with lots of good information presented in a fun way.
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