Special Events

Fun Forest Programs!

Join us for family-friendly activities and enjoyable interpretive nature programs on your next visit to the Tillamook Forest Center. Check out our program schedule or visit us on Facebook.

Upcoming special events are listed below.


9th Annual Return from the Burn

A Step Back in Time Event

August 14 & 15, 16, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)

Join us for three days of fun celebrating the unique 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 11:00 am & 2:00 pm each day)
  • Meet real forest firefighters and spray a fire hose at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm each day (if available due to fire season)
  • Create arts and crafts to take home
  • Check out a vintage 1930 Ford Model AA pumper truck
  • Win a prize by completing our Tillamook Forest Center treasure hunt

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:00 pm

Guest Presenter Bruce Rottink – Old Time Loggers: Their Tools and Techniques

The old time loggers had a tough job, but also a lot of special tools and techniques to help them do it. This interactive session will give you a glimpse into the work-life of an old time logger, before the days of the chainsaw. If you've ever wanted to see and learn about an old Tillamook logger's saw oil bottle, a falling wedge, a cat choker or a "Tillamook Diving Board" (and much, much more) this is your chance. Impress your neighbors when you tell them you even volunteered to be an "undercut!"

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

Historian Ed Kamholz presents The Oregon Historical Railroads Project

Join railroad historian Ed Kamholz for a pictorial overview of railroad development in Oregon and the role it played to deliver and settle Anglo culture in the state. Kamholz will address railroad development in three broad categories representing main and branch line carriers, trolley and interurban lines and private railroads, primarily logging railroads. This presentation will also describe the ambitious Oregon Historical Railroads Project that will map all of Oregon’s historical railroads dating from the state’s first wooden tramway in 1846 to the present and make this information available online.

This year’s free "Return from the Burn" event is offered in conjunction with Tillamook County’s “A Step Back in Time” which offers visitors an opportunity to visit several other museums and take a scenic train ride for an all-inclusive $15.00 pass. For more information on “A Step Back in Time”, please call the Garibaldi Maritime Museum at (503) 322-8411. We hope you’ll join us for the “Return from the Burn” event this year for some free family fun.

Tillamook Tales
Second Saturdays

11:30 am

  • September 12, 2015 — Raptors

It’s story time at the Tillamook Forest Center! Join us to explore the forest through stories, songs, and activities,geared for young children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers. We will start off with an engaging children’s story and follow up with hands-on activities 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, includes a snack and will be held the second Saturday of each month at the Tillamook Forest Center.

Forest Wildfire & Watershed Educator Workshop

October 30, 2015 (Friday)

8:00am – 4:00 pm (all day)

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!

Registration details coming soon.

*This workshop is funded through the generous support of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust. Registration will open in the fall.