Welcome to Hopkins Demonstration Forest

Hopkins Demonstration Forest is a 140-acre privately-owned forest open to the public for self-guided exploration, tours, workshops, and education programs.

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Explore the Forest

Over Five miles of trails and roads crisscross the woodland, connecting visitors with a variety of habitats and forestry demonstrations

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Get Involved with Community Forest Days

Volunteers help with tree planting and pruning; reducing fire hazards and controlling invasive weeds; repairing trails and maintaining facilities - projects vary with the seasons.

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Forestry Education

Educational programs provide hands-on, direct experiences with natural resources, with opportunity for students to take an active role in their learning.

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Hopkins Demonstration Forest

Hopkins Demonstration Forest is a 140-acre privately-owned forest open to the public for self-guided exploration, tours, workshops, and education programs. We welcome guests during daylight hours, seven days a week throughout the year. Property maps are available at the information kiosk near our main parking area.

Five miles of trails crisscross our woodland, connecting you with a variety of habitats and forestry demonstrations. Enjoy a peaceful walk on our Watershed Interpretive Trail to see how we manage the riparian area to protect water quality in Little Buckner Creek. Families and groups enjoy the Cedar Grove Picnic Shelter, while Scouts and schools like to meet in our amphitheater. There's something for everyone and something different in every season at Hopkins Demonstration Forest where learning and growing go hand in hand.

Adapting to COVID-19

Like most organizations, activities and education programs at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest have had to adapt to restrictions due to COVID-19

Hopkins is currently open to visitors to hike the trails and enjoy the outdoors space.

Here are some of the basic rules:

  • Hopkins is now open 7:00am to dusk
  • Respect social distancing (6' or greater)
  • After parking, limit time in parking area to unloading and loading only
  • Two vault toilets remain open but are not cleaned on a daily basis
  • Limit group size to 8 people
  • Picnic areas are currently closed

Science based videos now on YouTube!

Due to the lack of in-person learning at Hopkins due to Covid, Peter Matzka our forest educator has developed a set of videos on science-based topics usually taught at Hopkins and posted on YouTube.

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Arrange your next school visit or field trip for your group

And learn more about Oregon’s forests, water and wildlife!

Contact our forest educator, Peter Matzka at (503) 632-2150 to schedule a school tour or field trip at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest..


Book your next event at beautiful Everett Hall

located at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest

Completed in 2012, Everett Hall is a state-of-the-art classroom and meeting facility designed to complement the educational programs offered at Hopkins.

If you are looking for a new or different location to have a meeting, retreat, conference, or reception consider the newly built classroom-meeting facility which we call "Everett Hall" located at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest.

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Molalla Log House

Restoring part of Oregon’s History

Even in a tumultuous year when Covid-19 has restricted working together and wildfires have threatened to destroy much of our forests, work on the Molalla Log House has continued with the completion of the second story loft and the addition of a shingle roof.

Final restoration work on the log house is hoped to be completed in the late spring, early summer of 2021. Look for more information in the future as work on the log house is completed and the log house is opened to the public.

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What's New Around Hopkins?

Finishing touches were made to the new pavilion located behind Hopkins Hall just before Christmas. Named in memory of John Poppino, The Poppino Family Pavilion is the newest addition to the facilities at Hopkins. John was a charter member of Forests Forever and one of our most active volunteers.

The new pavilion will provide a dry meeting place during the wet weather months for students and groups to meet before going out into the woods.

Bartel Contracting, Inc, owned by Kevin Bartel located in Gladstone, donated a crew to erect the logs and construct the shell of the building including the roof. Stone mason, Stan Raney, provided the expertise to build a large stone fireplace located inside the building.

Donations for the project came from the Poppino and Everett families, and the Friends of Paul Bunyan Foundation.



Become a Friend of Hopkins!

You can join our team and help support the educational programs offered at Hopkins by becoming Friend of Hopkins today.

Thank you to our supporters

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