Printed on Oct 21, 2014 @ 8:07 AM
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 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.
|Facility Rental Friday-Sunday and Holidays
- In Addition the Following Deposit Amount is Required on All Weekend Rentals
- Weekday Rental Deposit Required on All Weekday Rentals
|Waived Fee Reservations Deposit Required on All Reservations||$150|
|Facility Rental Tuesday-Thursday, can be rented in a 3 hour block of time
- Hourly Deposit Fee
Mondays are reserved for tours only.
The Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department serves the interests and pursuits of Benton County residents by providing access to natural, historic, and recreational areas and conserving, restoring and developing parkland investments.