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Forest Learning Center
17000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649

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

Built by Weyerhaeuser Company, the Forest Learning Center tells the story of the rebirth of the forest. Walk through the forest, hearing the sounds of the birds and animals on the mountain prior to May 18, 1980. Enter the “eruption chamber” to view a video of what the forest looked like immediately after the eruption. Hear a first-hand report from a local newscaster who barely escaped.

The second half of the center depicts the regeneration of the forests surrounding Mount St. Helens. Breathtaking photographs and life-size models of loggers working in the blast zone bring the experience to life. The Forest Learning Center tells the story from nature’s perspective and gives a hands-on approach to learning in the Kids Room where families can touch lava rocks, learn about the animals of the Pacific Northwest, and discover how trees grow.

Location: 33.5 miles from I-5

Directions:
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. Large groups are asked to make reservations at least two weeks in advance. All visitors: please watch for wildlife on roadways.

Exhibits: Open 5 days a week: Friday through Tuesday 10 am to 4 pm – Until September 10th
Gift Shop: Open 7 days a week 10 am to 5 pm – Until October 31

360.414.3439 – Exhibits
360.274.7750 – Gift Shop/Restrooms/Outdoor Facilities
Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball
Story Field – LCC
1800 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632

The Cowlitz Black Bears is an amateur baseball team located in Kelso / Longview, Washington. They play in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The league comprises teams from British Columbia, Oregon and Washington. Cowlitz calls David Story Field on the campus of Lower Columbia College home.

Story Field at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA, was remodeled for the 2010 Cowlitz Black Bears inaugural season. Amenities include Party Suites and the Bob’s Sporting Goods Party Deck in left field, the Home Plate Club in the grandstand area and picnic tables and a kids playground sponsored by Kelso, Washington’s Red Lion Inn.

Season:  June, July & August

360.703.3195
Regal Cinemas 12 – RPX
341 Three Rivers Drive
Kelso, WA 98626
844.462.7342
Stageworks Northwest Theatre
1433 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632

The Theatre strives to enlarge live theatre arts as a vital part of the local quality of life by stimulating interest in, appreciation for, and participation in the theatre arts.

A community theatre in every sense — an active player in reviving Downtown Longview; a creative space that welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities and interests; a performance space featuring quality work at an affordable ticket price.

360.636.4488
Sasquatch Adventures
4220 Spirit Lake Hwy, Silver Lake, WA 98645

Sasquatch Adventures offers a variety of outdoor recreational experiences. Located in the Southwestern corner of Washington State. Majority of our kayak and kayak fishing tours take place on the beautiful Silver Lake in Silverlake, Washington, below the majestic Mt. Saint Helens , known by many names in local indigenous dialects . The Puyallup Tribes called it “Loowitlatkla” (Lady of Fire).

We also offer a Cowlitz River Excursion, and we have many more on the way.

360.967.4494
Ashtown Brewing Company
1175 Hudson Street
Longview, WA 98632

Welcome to Longview’s own craft brewery located in a historic building within the heart of downtown Longview. All of their beer is brewed onsite just next to the tasting room. They cater to everyone from the malt lovers to the hop heads. The tasting room is open 6 days a week where you can sample all of our beers or have a pint of your favorite. They also have growlers for you to fill and take home to share our beer with your friends and family!
They are open Tuesday 3-9, Wednesday 12-9, Thursday/Friday/Saturday 12-11, Sun 1-8. They are family friendly until 8pm and now have Eaterations Food Cart on site Wed-Sat 12-7 serving burgers, sandwiches, wraps and amazing daily specials!

360.353.5286
Harvest Festival
Kelso Senior Center
106 NW 8th
Kelso, WA 98626

Join us for the 1st Annual Harvest Festival. This is a family-friendly event! We’ll have candy, games, vendors, food, auction and raffle items!
Chili Competition during the Harvest Festival.
When:  Saturday, October 28th 2017
Time:  11 am to 5:30 pm
Location:  Kelso Senior Center
Contact:  Katie Sutton – 360.703.5424

360.703.5424
Climb Mt St Helens

Climbing information – Permits

Everyone must have a climbing permit to be above 4,800 feet elevation on Mount St. Helens.
The permit system helps to protect the volcano’s physical and biological features and processes, reduces crowding, and provides climbers with information on climbing conditions, Leave No Trace principles, and safety. The permit system has been in effect since 1987.

1.  Mount St. Helens climbing permits are administered by Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) through an online vendor.
The MSHI online vendor is a secure website that accepts all major credit and debit cards. Climbers will be emailed a permit purchase confirmation receipt at the time of purchase.
2.  The total permit fee of $22 includes a service charge which goes towards MSHI’s Mountain Stewards Volunteer Program to help maintain and protect the climbing routes. Climbing permits are not refundable. If climbing is suspended by the Forest Service, permit sales will also be suspended.
3.  From April 1 to October 31 climbing permits are available online by advance purchase only.
Do not wait until the day of your climb to purchase your permit.
Unsold permits may be purchased online until 24-hours before the date of the climb.
4.  Once you complete your permit purchase through the online vendor, all sales are final.
Refunds are not possible. You cannot change climbing dates once your purchase is complete. Please plan accordingly before completing your purchase.

360.449.7883
Kalama Horse Camp
NF-81,
Cougar, WA 98616

Kalama Horse Camp, located on the southwest flank of Mt. St. Helens, is outside the blast zone of the 1980 eruption. The camp and its nearby trails are close enough to the mountain for you to observe how the most recent eruption changed the area. You’ll also plenty of evidence of previous volcanic activity. The campground loop trail allows easy access to the main trail head. The trail head parking area, found at the east end of the campground provides parking for day use. There are over 50 miles of trails and closed roads are available from the campground.

 

Love Street Playhouse
126 Love Street
Woodland, WA 98674

Love Street Playhouse is a quaint venue located in the heart of Woodland at the base of the Lewis River Valley. Since 2007 it has earned the respect of local and surrounding communities for quality theatre. We have an intimate venue where everyone’s close to the stage, with a convenient location and affordable ticket prices. We look forward to seeing you at our productions in this coming year.

800.966.8865
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