Learning Center

National forests are the ultimate "outdoor classroom," with natural processes and human activities interacting in all sorts of interesting ways. In this section of the web site, you can learn more about local history, find out how best to behave in the outdoors, and find resources for your own teaching or classroom.

bald eagle on an oak limb waits for a spawning salmon to come along

Nature & Science

The natural story of the Columbia River Gorge begins with the fiery volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range.  

Historic Post Card of CRGNSA

History & Culture

The Columbia River Gorge has drawn people for more than 13,000 years where people flourished along the Columbia River.

sunlight on a snowy ridge cliff in the Gorge.

Outdoor Safety 

Each year several individuals or parties get lost or hurt in the woods. Most commonly, hikers get lost going off-trail & lose the trail or fall from steep edges or cliffs.

FS employee showing pelts to kids

Parents & Teachers

The Columbia River Gorge has a lot of activities and learning opportunities that are perfect for parents and teachers.