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.





Ravage & Recovery | The Paintings of Bud Johansen

June 2 – September 4, 2017

All Day

Bud Johansen’s paintings are the reflection of a lifetime immersed in the landscape once known as the Tillamook Burn. Having grown up on a dairy farm near Hebo, he hunted and fished among mountain streams and has seen the forest recover from a bleak landscape of ravaged snags to a productive new forest. Though he showed promise as a young artist while attending Nestucca High School, he didn’t take up painting with acrylics until fully retiring at age seventy. Instead, he spent much of his adult life serving in the Korean War, completing a stressful career in off-truck sales, raising four sons, and fighting forest fires. Johansen specializes in landscape and wildlife painting, inspired by his explorations of the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest accompanied by his spouse. Look for his artwork on the black art panels grouped throughout the exhibit hall.


11th Annual Return from the Burn | A Step Back in Time

August 18 - 20, 2017 (Friday - Sunday)

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for three days of fun celebrating the history of the Tillamook State Forest! Throughout the weekend we will host engaging activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during, and after the fires.

All Three Days

  • Get a hug from Smokey Bear and receive a free goodie bag (Smokey visits at 11 am & 2 pm each day)
  • Explore the Connections with Wildlife traveling exhibit from the Oregon Hunters Association
  • Create art with the light of the sun to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse
  • Tour the Fire Lookout Tower and hear stories of the men & women who watched over the forest to detect fires at 11:30 am.
Once again, the Tillamook Forest Center’s Return from the Burn event is offered in conjunction with Tillamook County’s A Step Back in Time weekend, which offers visitors an opportunity to visit several area museums and take a scenic train ride for an all-inclusive $20.00 pass. For more information on A Step Back in Time, please call the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at (503) 842-4553.


Stories from the Forest

Studies in Wood and Wax by Marge Hayes

September 8 – November 26, 2017

All Day

Marge Hayes’ paintings trick the senses with what she calls “abstracted realism”. Her artwork looks like actual pieces of old barn wood, but Hayes skillfully renders the images with molten wax in a process known as encaustic painting. Hayes retired in 2005 from a late career in horticulture and landscape design and has taken up encaustic painting only within the last few years. Inspired by nature, she is drawn to the detail of wood grain, the growth pattern of lichen, the veins of leaves, and the movement of water. Of her work, she says, “encaustic lends itself very well to abstraction and impressionism. Controlling the wax to achieve some realism is one of the great challenges I’m facing as a new encaustic artist”.


Wilson River Cleanup

September 23, 2017 (Saturday)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration Required

Join the Oregon Department of Forestry for a cleanup along the banks of the beautiful Wilson River. Registration begins at 10:00 am at Jones Creek Day Use Area. Join us as we clean the river banks of this popular destination before the high waters of winter carry the debris to the sea. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring water. Cleanup supplies will be provided.

Registration is required.Sign up at http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/wilson-river-cleanup .  


Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest

October 15, 2017 (Sunday)

11:00 am

$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, beginning mushroom hunters, and space is limited. Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, October 11th. Please call 866-930-4646 to submit payment for registration.


Rainforest Walk

November 4, 2017 (Saturday)

11:30 am

Can you believe that around 120 inches of rain falls on the Tillamook Forest Center every year? While there are no monkeys or toucans in this temperate rainforest, the lush mosses, fast-growing Douglas-fir trees, acrobatic salmon, and slimy banana slugs that live in the Tillamook State Forest depend on our wet and soggy winters. Grab your raingear (if weather permits) and experience the wonders that the rain brings on a short, family-friendly stroll around the Center.

This program is provided in partnership with the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership as part of the Explore Nature series. Explore Nature is a collaboration of environmental organizations working together to provide meaningful, nature-based events to showcase the uniqueness of Tillamook County and the work being done to conserve the area’s natural resources, restore biodiversity, and preserve natural resource-based industries. For more information about Explore Nature, visit http://explorenaturetillamookcoast.com.


Salmon Release

November 18 & 19, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)

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 the incredible life cycles and habitat needs of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release wild fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development.


Holiday Wreath Making

November 24, 25, & 26, 2017 (Friday - Sunday)

11:30 am

Registration Required | $17 wreath, $7 cone craft

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.

Registration is required. The deadline is Sunday, November 19th and space is limited. Please call 866-930-4646, or stop by the Center to reserve your place.