Special Events

Fun Forest Programs! - Check out our program schedule

There is a lot to see and do here at the Tillamook Forest Center, including family-friendly activities. Join our interpretive naturalists for a wide variety of enjoyable programs. Upcoming special events are listed below.



Tillamook Tales
Second Saturdays: September 13th (Leaves), October 11 (Bugs, Slugs and Other Ughs) & November 8 (Salmon)

11:30 am

Itís story time at the Tillamook Forest Center!
Join us to explore the forest through stories, songs, and activities Ė geared for young children (ages 3-6) and their caregivers. We will start off with an engaging childrenís story and follow up with a fun activity; 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 and will be held the second Saturday of each month at the Tillamook Forest Center and includes a snack courtesy of the Tillamook Cheese Factory.


Forest Wildfire & Watershed Educator Workshop

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

8 am - 4 pm

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 5-8 and informal educators
  • Workshop participants will receive priority field trip registration for the Tillamook Forest Center and discover field trip options.

Visit Forest Wildfire & Watershed Educator Workshop | Oregon Natural Resource Education Program to register.

*This workshop is funded through the generous support of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust


Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest

Sunday, October 19, 2014

11:30 am & 1:30 pm

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.




Salmon Release

Saturday, November 15, 2014

11:30 am & 1:30 pm

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. We will be exploring the wild salmon habitat as we walk a short distance to release live small fry into Jones Creek.

Check back for specific dates or watch our facebook page!



Holiday Wreath Making

November 28, 29 & 30 ( All spaces are FULL, registration CLOSED)

11:30 am

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 cone bird feeders and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class [$12 wreaths & $3 cone bird feeders].

Registration is CLOSED. All available spaces have been filled. Please keep this event in mind for next year!