Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is dedicated to increasing visitors’ awareness and appreciation for the land, the wildlife and the history of the Pigeon River Country and to fostering a new generation of stewards and protectors of this unique place.

Tucked away in the heart of the Pigeon River Country State Forest is the new ADA accessible Pigeon River Country Discovery Center, established May 2018. On Twin Lakes Road (right behind forest Headquarters), each of the seven rooms of this historic log cabin has a different theme. Original documents and photographs, quotations and recorded interviews educate visitors about the forest’s history, the people who loved it, the controversies that shaped it, and its many recreational offerings. Multi-format exhibits highlight the delicate balance of forest life, man’s role in that balance, and the results of good decision making over the last 100 years. Outdoor education programs for all ages will be offered throughout the year.

2022 Year End Review Report

The Long View:

  1. to develop and host environmental education programs for visitors of all ages
  2. to cultivate and inspire stewards and protectors of the forest
  3. to teach visitors about the history of Pigeon River Country, primarily to show that good conservation decisions over the last 100 years has brought the land back from burnt-over, lumbered land to the lush forest we see today
  4. to acquaint visitors with the myriad recreational opportunities the forest provides

Discovery Center Board

  • Rudi Edel
  • Sandy Franz
  • Craig Kasmer
  • Mark Monroe
  • Lisha Ramsdell
  • Pat Lunden – Emeritus
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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri: Closed
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm
Major Holidays: 10 am – 4 pm
Free Admission