Forest Center

California Forest Center

The California Forest Center is a standing, one-acre exhibit at Cal Expo that hosts numerous activities for students to visit the forest without having to leave the city. Our center serves as an interactive and engaging platform for students, educators, and the public to learn about the importance of forests, forest products, and sustainable practices. There, guests can learn many aspects about our forests, including the natural resources they offer, the variety of tree species that exist, how science can be leveraged to better manage them, and why they are so important to our environment.


What We Offer

We invite schools from all over California to bring their students for an unforgettable educational experience. Our guided field trips are tailored to different age groups and curriculum requirements, ensuring an enriching and fun visit for students of all grades. During the field trip, participants will have the opportunity to:

Explore Nature’s Classroom: Take a guided tour through our educational nature trail, where students can observe native flora and fauna, learn about forest ecosystems, and gain a deeper understanding of California’s biodiversity.

Forest Products Showcase: Visit our interactive exhibit inside our forest gazebo showcasing various forest products, from lumber and paper to construction materials and household products. We emphasize the sustainable and responsible use of forest resources.

Hands-On Workshops: Engage in hands-on workshops and demonstrations led by our expert educators. Students will learn about tree identification, forest management practices, and the process of turning raw materials into essential products.

Environmental Stewardship: Through interactive activities, we instill in students a sense of environmental stewardship and the importance of preserving and protecting our forests for future generations.

Organizing a field trip to the California Forest Center is a straightforward process. Here’s how to get started:

Contact Us: Reach out to our team via phone or email to inquire about available dates and discuss your school’s specific needs and interests.

Customize Your Trip: Our staff will work with you to customize the field trip itinerary according to your grade level, curriculum objectives, and time constraints.