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. 

Click on the links in the left column to go to each of these categories:

Nature and Science

  • Maintaining fish and wildlife habitat is an important part of our multiple-use management job. The Umatilla National Forest supports 324 species of fish and wildlife including one of the largest herds of Rocky Mountain elk in the nation.

History and Culture

  • Explore the history of the Umatilla National Forest.  We have a large collection of historic documents, maps, and photos that describe the rich history of the forests in the Blue Mountains, dating back to the early 1900's. 

Outdoor Safety & Ethics

  • As a visitor to the Umatilla National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the forest and the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experiences for all visitors.

Just for Kids

  • Fun activities Just for Kids!

Parents & Teachers

  • Information about educational resources available for parents and teachers is available.