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Magness Memorial Tree Farm is the World Forestry Center's education forest. It's 80 acres located about a half an hour's drive from the World Forestry Center itself.
We've only visited once, & I'll admit that I left there a bit underwhelmed. I don't know why. It was a nice place, just not what I was expecting. I think maybe I was envisioning an education center along with the trees or lots of in depth information about the trees. I don't know.
Although, that being said, I appreciated the area and whoever is upkeeping it. We have visited a couple parks & gardens claiming to show how a real forest looks or how its ecology works. They are phoneys with lots of landscaping done to spruce it up. I live in a forested area. It's not spruced up & tidy. Magness Memorial Tree Farm really has a natural feel to it with varying heights of trees, shrubs & ground plants. You really are in a Pacific Northwest forest, but with the added convenience of trails.
|Much of the forest are Douglas-fir trees, but the tree in the middle of this photo is a Pacific Madrone.|
|On the day we were walking through the forest, we spotted many of these millipedes crawling on the trail.|
|Along the trail were signs explaining a variety of things about the forest.|
|A lovely creek for the kids to explore.|
|Western Red Cedar.|
These probably are my favorite tree, especially the ones that are a few hundred years old.
|Herb Robert Geranium|
We have these around our house, too. It's a cute plant with nice foliage & a pretty flower. However, it is highly invasive.
|The kids loved climbing on these oddly shaped trees.|
|These log cabins are available to rent.|
To learn more about the Tree Farm check out this video. After watching the video I'd like to go back and get a tour from Bill, the man in charge.
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