Special Events

Fun Forest Programs!

Join us for family-friendly activities and enjoyable interpretive nature programs on your next visit to the Tillamook Forest Center. Check out our program schedule or visit us on Facebook.

Upcoming special events are listed below.


Tillamook Tales
Second Saturdays Beginning in March 2015

11:30 am

  • March 14 - Forest Bright/Forest Night
  • April - Arbor Week Celebration/No Tillamook Tales
  • May 9 - The Singer in the Stream
  • June 13 - Butterflies are Patient

Itís story time at the Tillamook Forest Center! Join us to explore the forest through stories, songs, and activities,geared for young children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers. We will start off with an engaging childrenís story and follow up with hands-on activities sure to entertain the wee ones. Each month we will host a different forest adventure, so come along and let our naturalists tell you a Tillamook Tale! This program is FREE, includes a snack and will be held the second Saturday of each month at the Tillamook Forest Center.
Please note: April 11 we are hosting our annual Arbor Week Celebration and will not be offering Tillamook Tales on this day.

Wildfire Awareness Month

May 2015

All Month

Will your home survive a wildfire? Do you know what part of your home is most vulnerable to fire? Visit the Tillamook Forest Center for answers to these questions, free information, displays and more during Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Forestry encourages home and property owners to take steps now to increase the fire-resistance of their structures.


Guest Presenter John Kallas | Tillamook Forest Wild Food Foraging

May 2, 2015 (Saturday)

10:30 am FULL & 11:45 am

$15 Registration Required

Join wild food expert and author, John Kallas, to learn how to identify and sustainably sample wild edibles of the Tillamook State Forest. Each session will include a beautiful, educational and fun presentationalong with a stroll along the trails to identify plants in the field.

Dr. Kallas will share edible plants found on many Pacific Northwest forest trails as well as those found around your homes, neighborhoods and gardens.  In addition, there will be a short segment on features that make effective learning in any wild food book. A guide to field guides, of sorts. This content will also help you with plant guides on wild flowers, wild berries, trees and shrubs, and urban plants.

John Kallas has investigated edible wild plants since 1970 and taught about them since 1978. A trained botanist, nature photographer, writer, researcher, and teacher, John has a doctorate in Nutrition, a Masters in Education, and majors in Biology and Natural Science. He founded Wild Food Adventures, The Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants & Other Foragables in 1993, and was the primary writer and editor of the Wild Food Adventurer newsletter. He published Edible Wild Plants in 2010. For more information about John, his book, or Wild Food Adventures visit www.wildfoodadventures.com.

Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate, is ground-breaking.  It’s the first book to make wild foods understandable and usable by the general public—including gardeners, chefs, dieters, home cooks and nutrition-minded consumers. John makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you’ve unknowingly passed by all your life. He gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying these foods. John’s book will be available for sale for $25 following the classroom presentation.

This program is geared for audiences twelve and older with paid registration. Registration is required, the deadline is Sunday, April 26th and space is limited. Please call 866-930-4646 or stop by the Center to reserve your place


Steelhead Release

Due to the warm winter, we most likely will not be receiving fish eggs this spring. Hopefully, we will receive more eggs in the fall.


Guest Presenter Ed Jensen | Trees and Shrubs of the Tillamook State Forest

June 14, 2015 (Sunday)

1:00 pm

$15 Registration Required (Includes Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests book)

Join tree and shrub expert Ed Jensen in this hands-on workshop that will teach you how to identify trees and shrubs native to the Tillamook Forest and much of western Oregon.

The workshop will begin with a 30-minute overview on how to identify shrubs and how to use Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests to enhance your shrub identification skills (book is included with registration). Following the introduction, weíll stroll the trails around the visitor center and apply the skills just learned to both trees and shrubs. Each plant ďdiscoveredĒ will include notes on the meaning of names, historical and cultural uses, the plantís ecology and relationship with its environment, and how itís likely to respond to disturbances (like The Tillamook Burn).

Jensen is a local and national award-winning educator who spent his career at Oregon State University teaching many thousands of students of all ages and abilities about Northwest trees and shrubs. In addition to his award-winning books on Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests and Trees to Know in Oregon (both available for purchase at the Tillamook Forest Center), he is an author/co-author of Manual of Oregon Trees and Shrubs and Woody Plants in North America.

This program is geared for audiences twelve and older with paid registration. Registration is required, the deadline is Wednesday, June 10th and space is limited. Please call 866-930-4646 or stop by the Center to reserve your place.


Forest Wildfire & Watershed Educator Workshop


The Tillamook State Forest, our backyard coastal rain forest, is home to a rich variety of habitats, ecosystems and wildlife. Explore the role of fire in the forest and the interconnected nature of the Wilson River watershed. Enjoy classroom activities, a peek at the Tillamook Forest Center exhibits and field experiences!

  • All curricula are correlated to Oregonís benchmarks and standards.
  • Substitute reimbursement is available
  • Free PLT and Aquatic WILD curricula included with attendance
  • Offered at no cost to Oregon educators grades 6-8 and informal educators

*This workshop is funded through the generous support of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust. Registration will open in the fall.