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

Friday, August 18 - 20, 2017 (Friday - Sunday)

8:30 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.
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.


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 503-815-6803 to submit payment for registration.