Program & Event Calendar

Are you looking for something fun to do in the forest? Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs. From Dutch oven cooking presentations to wildflower walks we’ve got something for everyone.

Most events are FREE and open to ALL AGES.

Do you have an organized group that would like a special program about the Tillamook State Forest? Contact us in advance of your planned visit to see if we can accommodate your group.

For more information call 866-930-4646. For directions to the center click here.

August 28 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Trees of the Tillamook Forest Walk

Join us on a leisurely tree walk at the Tillamook Forest Center! We will be taking an easy stroll, seeking some of the diverse tree species that comprise our Coastal Range forests. Learn the many benefits of these forest giants and some crafty ways to spot them in the woods. **Path is ADA accessible and easily trekked with strollers or wheelchairs.

August 28 (Sun) 12:30 PM

Fire Lookouts: Alone in the Strike Zone

A tall tower perched high on a mountainside is your home night and day through storm and sunshine. The firefinder, radio and field glasses your only weapons against fire. Join a naturalist to take a journey through history to discover fire lookouts, learn about the people who staffed them and find out why there aren’t any lookouts left in the Tillamook Forest.

August 28 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Killer Birds

Think birding is just a walk in the park? Think again – Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn how some birds stab their prey with their bills, while others hover low to stalk and hunt. Learn some of the not-so-friendly features of birds and see how they have adapted their predator skills.

August 28 (Sun) 2:30 PM

Nature's Yucky!

Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook Forest often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.
*This description comes from the book “Natures Yucky! by Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen I. Shragg © Mt. Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT 2003.

August 29 (Mon) 11:30 AM

Water Wonders

Bring your sandals and shorts and get wet in the waters of the Tillamook State Forest! Naturalists will provide the equipment to lead you through the world of aquatic insects, to get an up-close look at their cool and crazy adaptations. Learn how their presence or absence is influenced by the quality of their habitat and how other animals depend on these bugs as well.

August 29 (Mon) 1:30 PM

Salmon in Our Streams

Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to take a trip into salmon waters, learn about Coho and Chinook, and climb into an underwater oasis. We will explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and discover how to protect our salmon populations.

August 30 (Tue) 11:30 AM

Fire Lookouts | Alone in the Strike Zone

Who would want to live alone, miles and miles from their closest neighbor? Join a naturalist to take a journey through history and discover the dangers that fire lookout men and women faced living high above the canopy. Hear the stories of these brave individuals and see the equipment used on the front lines of fire detection.

August 30 (Tue) 1:30 PM

Water Wonders

Bring your sandals and shorts and get wet in the waters of the Tillamook State Forest! Naturalists will provide the equipment to lead you through the world of aquatic insects, to get an up-close look at their cool and crazy adaptations. Learn how their presence or absence is influenced by the quality of their habitat and how other animals depend on these bugs as well.

August 31 (Wed) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Cougars | Our Secretive

RAWR RAWR!!! Their roar can be fearsome, but most of us will never see or hear a cougar in the wild. These large cats are extremely shy and secretive and even though we don’t see them, we can still get to know these powerful predators. Come enjoy interesting pictures, facts, and stories about the largest members of the cat family in Oregon.

September 1 (Thu) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Salmon in Our Streams

Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to take a trip into salmon waters, learn about Coho and Chinook, and climb into an underwater oasis. We will explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and discover how to protect our salmon populations.

September 2 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest

The Tillamook State Forest is home for some of North America’s largest woodpeckers. Come find out about the grand daddy of all woodpeckers and their smaller cousins. We’ll discover some interesting facts and fiction about the drummers of the forest.

September 2 (Fri) 12:30 PM

Nature's Yucky!

Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook Forest often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.
*This description comes from the book “Natures Yucky! by Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen I. Shragg © Mt. Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT 2003.

September 2 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Bashful Bears

Did you know that black bears are mostly vegetarians? We often fear our bashful neighbor the bear, but join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn how the black bears in the Tillamook State Forest are mostly misunderstood. Come learn fascinating facts about our bear population, feel the pelt of a bear, and find out what to do if you meet one in the woods (or your backyard!).

September 2 (Fri) 2:30 PM

Salmon in Our Streams

Salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Tillamook State Forest. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working hard to make rivers, like the Wilson, friendly for native fish. Join us to learn about Coho, and other salmon species that frequent our streams and rivers. We will explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and how the ODF is managing our forests to protect salmon populations.

September 3 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Salmon in Our Streams

Salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Tillamook State Forest. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working hard to make rivers, like the Wilson, friendly for native fish. Join us to learn about Coho, and other salmon species that frequent our streams and rivers. We will explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and how the ODF is managing our forests to protect salmon populations.

September 3 (Sat) 12:30 PM

Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest

The Tillamook State Forest is home for some of North America’s largest woodpeckers. Come find out about the grand daddy of all woodpeckers and their smaller cousins. We’ll discover some interesting facts and fiction about the drummers of the forest.

September 3 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Nature's Yucky!

Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook Forest often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.
*This description comes from the book “Natures Yucky! by Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen I. Shragg © Mt. Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT 2003.

September 3 (Sat) 2:30 PM

Bashful Bears

Did you know that black bears are mostly vegetarians? We often fear our bashful neighbor the bear, but join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn how the black bears in the Tillamook State Forest are mostly misunderstood. Come learn fascinating facts about our bear population, feel the pelt of a bear, and find out what to do if you meet one in the woods (or your backyard!).

September 4 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Bashful Bears

Did you know that black bears are mostly vegetarians? We often fear our bashful neighbor the bear, but join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn how the black bears in the Tillamook State Forest are mostly misunderstood. Come learn fascinating facts about our bear population, feel the pelt of a bear, and find out what to do if you meet one in the woods (or your backyard!).

September 4 (Sun) 12:30 PM

Salmon in Our Streams

Salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Tillamook State Forest. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working hard to make rivers, like the Wilson, friendly for native fish. Join us to learn about Coho, and other salmon species that frequent our streams and rivers. We will explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and how the ODF is managing our forests to protect salmon populations.

September 4 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest

The Tillamook State Forest is home for some of North America’s largest woodpeckers. Come find out about the grand daddy of all woodpeckers and their smaller cousins. We’ll discover some interesting facts and fiction about the drummers of the forest.

September 4 (Sun) 2:30 PM

Nature's Yucky!

Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook Forest often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.
*This description comes from the book “Natures Yucky! by Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen I. Shragg © Mt. Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT 2003.

September 5 (Mon) 11:30 AM

The Pioneer’s Quilt: Story of the Smith Homestead

All our lives are a patchwork of stories, much like a quilt. Come listen to and explore the quilted story of Walter and Alice Smith, the very first homesteaders to call the Tillamook Forest & the Wilson River home. This journey back in time will take place at the Tillamook Forest Center. We hope you can join us!

September 5 (Mon) 1:30 PM

Fire Lookouts: Alone in the Strike Zone

A tall tower perched high on a mountainside is your home night and day through storm and sunshine. The firefinder, radio and field glasses your only weapons against fire. Join a naturalist to take a journey through history to discover fire lookouts, learn about the people who staffed them and find out why there aren’t any lookouts left in the Tillamook Forest.

September 25 (Sun) 11:00 AM

Day of Celebration with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

On Sunday September 25th the special Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon exhibit will be culminated with a day of celebration. Weaving demonstrations, tribal crafts vendors, film showings of a spiritual canoe journey, and a generous performance of traditional blessings and traditional song and dance will open and close the day.

We will also be exhibiting the Stankiya forty-foot canoe that is utilized during the traditional journey, as well as some new carvings, baskets, and other items provided by the tribe.

The Tillamook Forest Center welcomes the members of the tribes and bands, their esteemed elders, and the members of the general public to share in this celebration of our blossoming connection with the tribes of the Grande Ronde and the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center.

October 1 (Sat) 1:00 PM

Have Fun Drawing Fungi!

$30 | Registration Required

Learning to draw mushrooms can be a lot of fun for artists of all levels. Mushrooms offer simple shapes and amazing colors and patterns. Learn how to depict mushrooms using basic shapes, color and light to make your mushrooms look magical. In this workshop, Artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh will explore techniques with graphite pencil, watercolor pencil and colored pencils. We will be drawing from observation, so feel free to bring a non-poisonous mushroom to class (you can find one at a store if you are not a mushroom expert).

This workshop is for ages 12 – adult and space is limited.
Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, September 28th
Please call 503--815-6803, visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org, or stop by the Center to reserve your place.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to denise.berkshire@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

October 8 (Sat) 11:00 AM

Mushroom Dyeing Workshop

$15 Registration Required

Join us to learn the art of dyeing with mushrooms with artist Julie Beeler. Participants will get exposed to basic information about mushrooms, their habitat and proper identification skills. We will be working with wool and silk and learning about different types of mordant and modifiers to create a variety of colors. Each participant will make a shibori mushroom dyed scarf. This is for ages 12 – adult, space is limited to 15 participants and includes all materials.

Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, October 5,th.
Please call 503-815-6803 to submit payment for registration.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to denise.berkshire@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

October 16 (Sun) 11:00 AM

Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest

$15 Registration Required.

An amazing variety of fungi thrive in the Tillamook State Forest. Join State Park Ranger, Dane Osis for a program on these wild forest mushrooms. You will view freshly picked fungi, learn to identify edible and poisonous varieties, and discover the important roles that fungi play in forest health. Following the talk, you can take an optional short hike with Dane to search for and identify mushrooms. Feel free to bring in samples of mushrooms for identification.

This workshop is for ages 12 – adult, space is limited.
Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, October 12th.
Please call 503-815-6803 to submit payment for registration.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to denise.berkshire@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

October 22 (Sat) 1:00 AM

Zooming in on Mushrooms

Fungi are mysterious and elusive organisms. It is estimated that only 5% of fungal species have been described by science. Most of what we know has been limited by the quality of our microscopes. Until now! With new advances in technology, electron microscopes are allowing mycologists to study mushroom feature in incredible detail. Join our featured biologist Catherine Creech as she guides you on a journey to a world unseen and reveals how electron microscopy can lend a hand in identifying our fungal friends!

November 19 (Sat) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Salmon Release (estimated dates)

Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release wild, tiny fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.

November 20 (Sun) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Salmon Release (estimated dates)

Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release wild, tiny fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.

November 25 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Holiday Wreath Making

Registration Required
Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make a cone craft and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class [$15 wreaths & $5 cone craft].

Registration is required and the deadline is Sunday, November 20th and space is limited. Please call 866-930-4646, visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org, or stop by the Center to reserve your place.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to denise.berkshire@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

November 26 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Holiday Wreath Making

Registration Required
Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make a cone craft and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class [$15 wreaths & $5 cone craft].

Registration is required and the deadline is Sunday, November 20th and space is limited. Please call 866-930-4646, visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org, or stop by the Center to reserve your place.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to denise.berkshire@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

November 27 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Holiday Wreath Making

Registration Required
Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make a cone craft and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class [$15 wreaths & $5 cone craft].

Registration is required and the deadline is Sunday, November 20th and space is limited. Please call 866-930-4646, visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org, or stop by the Center to reserve your place.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to denise.berkshire@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.