Special Events



Fun Forest Programs!

There is a lot to see and do at the Tillamook Forest Center. Join us for family-friendly activities and enjoyable interpretive nature programs on your next visit to the Tillamook Forest Center.

Click here to view our program schedule. More programs coming soon!

Upcoming special events are listed below.



Arbor Week Celebration ~ Plant a tree with us!

April 7 & 8, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)

Tree planting at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm | Other activities all day

Registration Required for groups of 10 or more

Staff will guide participants to a tree planting site and provide native tree seedlings to be planted in the Tillamook State Forest. Participants will receive a tree planting certificate. This event is rain or shine so please conside:

  • Spending one half hour tree planting
  • Wearing sturdy shoes - we will be planting on uneven ground
  • Dressing in layers. Temperatures are usually 10 degrees cooler in the forest than surrounding areas

Family activities and special exhibits will also be available throughout the day. You will be able to:

  • Create tree arts and crafts
  • Try your hand at a tree scavenger hunt to win a prize
  • And much more!
  • Step into the shoes of citizens who helped plant the Tillamook Burn and created the Tillamook State Forest! You are guaranteed to have a tree-mendous time!

Registration is required for groups of 10 or more and the deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2018. To register, or for more information, please call 503-815-6803 or send an email with the number in your group, and which time you are interested in to reserve a place for your group. .

Activities are available for all ages and abilities. If you have a special need, please check in at the front desk.


Wildfire Awareness Month in May

May 5, 2018 (Saturday)

All day | See below for details

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, demonstrations, and more during National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, part of Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon.

  • Meet Smokey Bear at 11 am and 1 pm
  • Live Burn Table Demonstration at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm - Build a paper house and discover how the surrounding landscape can affect your home’s survivability from a wildfire.
  • The first 50 visitors on Saturday, May 5, will receive a FREE 8 ½” X 11” color plant brochure (a $5 value)
  • Go on a fire scavenger hunt to win a prize
The Oregon Department of Forestry encourages home and property owners to take steps now to increase the fire-resistance of their structures.


Summer Steelhead Release

April 21 & 22, 2018 (Estimated Dates)

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. After a short presentation, we will walk to Wilson River and release tiny, wild 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.