Benton County, Oregon

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Printed on Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Welcome to Benton County's Beazell Forest Education Center

From Barn...

BarnOriginal Barn

To Education Center

BarnOriginal Barn

Benton County envisioned a new use for the historic Plunkett family barn, originally constructed in the 1930s from lumber milled on site. The barn had not been used for many years, but was structurally sound. Transformation of this barn to become the Beazell Forest Education Center began in 2005.

An ADA-compliant, structurally stable design, utilizing green materials where possible, was planned. The historic feel, simplicity and openness of the original barn were retained, and enclosed areas where light can penetrate through exterior barn planks were provided. The project involved low impact construction and maintenance, utilizing components of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Much of the original barn framework and planks were reused, and unusable parts were recycled. Barn floors and interior stalls were salvaged for reuse as railings, display partitions, and benches.

Though the Beazell Forest Education Center has a classroom, caterer's area, and a large assembly room, it maintains a barn-like appearance. When not in use, the windows and doors on the front façade are covered by barn doors.

For additional Beazell Forest Education Center information including interior photos, see our brochure (PDF).

Tours of the Beazell Forest Education Center

Mondays are reserved for tours only at the Beazell Forest Education Center. Tours are held on Mondays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. by appointment only. To schedule a tour, call the Parks Office at 541-766-6871.

2015 Current Rental Fee Schedule


Fee For Facility Rental Saturday-Sunday and Holidays
  - In Addition the Following Deposit Amount is Required on All Weekend Rentals
Fee For Tuesday - Friday Rentals
  - In Addition a Weekday Rental Deposit is Required on All Weekday Rentals
Deposit Fee Required on All Waived Fee Reservations. $150
Fee For Hourly Rentals Tuesday-Friday Only, Minimum 3 hour block of time
  - In Addition a Hourly Deposit Fee is Required



More About Rentals

  • Absolutely no early or late access available unless day is reserved at regular rental prices.
  • All reservations are for the day of the reservation only; all set-up and clean-up is to be done during the hours of 7 a.m to 10 p.m time period. Facility is to be cleaned up, lights off and doors locked and vacated absolutely no later than 11:00 pm. or additional fees will be charged..
  • Rental of the facility is only for the building itself and attached deck and immediate area around building. The remainder of the park is still open to the public.
  • If reservation is cancelled all rental fees and deposits are non-refundable. We will try to accommodate rescheduling to another date up to a year. There is a $25 re-booking fee.
  • Groups eligible to apply for fee waiver: Benton County public and private schools grades K-12 who are registered with the Oregon Department of Education. No other reduced rates apply.