World Forestry Center

by Ron Engeldinger


An impressive wood and stone structure reflecting the grandeur of the world’s forests houses the Discovery Museum, celebrating the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The museum is the centerpiece of the World Forestry Center campus. Located in Portland’s lush Washington Park, the building offers a variety of special spaces for meeting and event planners to consider.

Spacious and inviting, 4,800 square-foot Miller Hall features the natural warmth of solid wood. The 72-foot clear span ceiling means there are no posts to interfere with your gathering. Polished stone floors alternating with contemporary carpet are a stylish complement to the hall’s spacious interior. The hall can accommodate 350 guests for a conference or 250 for a banquet.

The 3,000 square-foot Cheatham Hall features soft wood tones and simple lines. It is ideal for conferences, presentations, workshops and trade shows. The hall holds up to 200 for a conference. Additional rooms can each accommodate a small meeting, or they can serve as breakout space for a larger conference. The Mt. Hood Room, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Mount Hood, and the David Douglas Room, adjacent to Miller Hall, each accommodate 50 theater-style.

For an after-hours stand up reception, the Discovery Museum can accommodate 400 guests. Guests can mingle while enjoying the hands-on exhibits. For outdoor events, the Central Plaza has room for as many as 500 for a reception. During the summer, a tent is set up offering covered space for 250. The Central Plaza is located adjacent to Cheatham Hall, providing the opportunity for an indoor-outdoor event.

The facility works with a variety of local caterers to provide meals or refreshments for any event. WiFi is available throughout the facility, and the campus shares a large paid-parking lot with the Oregon Zoo.

The world Forestry Center is located on U.S. 26, near the Oregon Zoo and Portland Children’s Museum. A convenient station on the MAX light rail provides easy public transit access from anywhere in the Portland Metro region.

  • 5 meeting spaces
  • 300 seated capacity in largest room

Jennifer Kent, Event Services Director