Oregon Zoo is by far the most visited attraction in Washington Park with over 1.5 million visitors every year. The zoo sits on 64 acres of Washington Park and is home to almost 2,000 different animals representing 232 species of birds, mammals, fish and reptiles.
The zoo is subdivided into 5 different areas that represent different geographical habitats around the world—Great Northwest, Fragile Forests, Pacific Shores, Asia, and Africa. Within these 5 areas are 23 exhibits that showcase animals native to that region.
The Oregon Zoo is a leader in conservation efforts and are part of 63 different species survial plans. There are 9 threatened species and 19 endangered species that live at this zoo. The zoo also contains botanical gardens where threatened exotic plant species are researched and grown.
Portland's Children Museum is another very popular attraction for families with young children. This museum was originally designed in 1945 to be a place that would serve the economically challenged families in Portland as well as children with disabilities.
There are still programs for serving these communities today, but the museum has expanded since 1975 to be a place to learn, grow and explore for all children and families. The museum was moved to Washington Park in 2001 and receives over 300,000 visitors every year.
The children's museum has many unique exhibits such as the Tree House, Vroom Room, Zany Maze for older kids, Twilight Trail, Pet Hospital and Outdoor Adventure Center just to name a few. Birthday Parties, Field Trips and Home School Groups are frequently hosted here.
Portland Japanese Garden is a traditional style Japanese Garden comprised of five smaller gardens—The Flat Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Tea Garden, Strolling Pond Garden and Natural Garden. This garden was built to honor Portland's Sister City Sapporo, Japan. There is a waterfall, tea house and lovely view of the mountains from this area of Washington Park.
The land is leased from the City of Portland and sits next to the International Rose Test Garden. These two attractions are usually visited simultaneously by horticulturalists from all over the world.
World Forestry Center was founded in 1966 and is a nonprofit that aims to educate people on forestry and conservation. The center frequently hosts many forestry professionals and scientists for the purposes of research and networking.
The Discovery Museum was open in the 1970's and serves as a place for children and educators to learn about sustainable forestry and conservation. There are also several year-round, hands on classes for students interested in learning more about environmental science and forestry. Photo: Washington Park
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