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.

Upcoming special events are listed below.


Mike Watson Art Exhibit

March 1, – May 29, 2017

All Day

Artist Mike Watson seeks to bring the characters of the forest to light through unique wooden engravings. Watson’s family moved to the Willamette Valley from Kansas City, Missouri when he was young. Growing up he was always the odd kid out, with very few friends. As a child, Mike took refuge in art as a means of cultivating an inner world: painting, drawing, sculpting, whittling, and building a framework for his thoughts and feelings.

He learned his crafts from whoever was willing to share. Advertising and graphic art heavily influences his current work in the medium and technique of scratchboard, which reveals its message through the exposure of high contrast. His scratchboard style engravings communicate with a minimalism and starkness that penetrates into our most basic visual cues, eliciting recognition of shape and form with a sparseness of information. Look for his engravings on the black art panels grouped throughout the exhibit hall.


Arbor Week Celebration ~ Plant a tree with us!

April 9, 2017 (Sunday)

All Day

Help us celebrate Arbor Week with a variety of fun, family activities that highlight the magic of trees and our forests. There will be crafts, games and tree planting.

    Tree planting at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

    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 consider:
  • 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
  • Plant a tree seed to take home!

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 5th. Please click here to register 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.


What We Want from the Wild | Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project

May 7, 2017 (Sunday)

1:00 pm

Oregonians across the political spectrum place a high value on the diverse natural resources of our state, but we are divided about how these resources should be used and talked about. What do we want from nature? What do we understand nature to be, and how do we see ourselves fitting in?

This is the focus of “What We Want from the Wild,” a free conversation with Adam Davis on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 1 pm at the Tillamook Forest Center. This program is hosted by the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Davis is the executive director of Oregon Humanities. His previous roles including directing the Center for Civic Reflection, where he helped the Aldo Leopold Foundation develop their Land Ethic Leader training, and the United States Forest Service, where he led backcountry trail crews and occasionally fought wildland fire. He has taught courses and led workshops on the human relationship to nature.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, pleasecontact the Tillamook Forest Center.

Registration is required and the deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017.


Summer Steelhead Release

Watch the program calendar for specific 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.


Making Outdoor School an Integral Part of the Learning Progression | Outdoor School Teacher Workshop

June 29, 2017 (Thursday)

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Are you a fifth or sixth-grade teacher whose students will attend Outdoor School next year? Would you like to strengthen the concepts your students learn at Outdoor School? Here’s a free workshop for you!

Making Outdoor School an Integral Part of the Learning Progression – Learn methods and strategies to enhance and extend students’ Outdoor School experiences. Participants will come away with the content knowledge, skills and materials needed to develop and use natural resources-based lessons that are aligned with Outdoor School curricula, state standards, and statewide environmental literacy programs. The lessons can be used in the field or the classroom, before or after the students attend Outdoor School. Lunch provided. One credit from Southern Oregon University is available at additional cost. To learn more or to regsiter for this free workshop please visit: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops