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June 15 - September 15


Tillamook Forest Center

ROOTS | Temporary Exhibit

The ROOTS exhibit focuses on past and present BIPOC outdoor recreationists who find joy and have accomplished milestones in pursuing the outdoor recreationist community.

ROOTS | Temporary Exhibit
ROOTS | Temporary Exhibit

Time & Location

June 15 - September 15

Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 OR-6, Tillamook, OR 97141, USA


The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Recreation, Education, and Interpretation Program partnered with Chad Brown, Nonprofit Leader, Film Director, Cinematographer, Creative Director, & Photographer, to advance the narrative and recognize outdoor recreation leaders of color with connections to Oregon’s State Forests. Chad Brown is an accomplished documentary-style portrait and adventure photographer, outdoor enthusiast and Navy veteran. The result is an exhibit which highlights three BIPOC individuals who have established themselves as leaders in the outdoor recreation industry, highlighting their connection to state forest lands and in particular, the Tillamook State Forest.

Exhibit creator Chad shares that, “Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have enjoyed outdoor recreation throughout the history of the United States and the creation of the National Parks and before colonization amongst Indigenous groups native to this continent. And yes, this does not cancel the negative of history. We've been here! This information, however, should be considered and addressed when learning about the history of outdoor recreation in the United States and today's recreation amongst BIPOC communities who do recreate and find healing in the outdoors in their unique approach to green outdoor spaces. The ROOTS exhibit focuses on past and present outdoor recreationists who find joy, like BIPOC folks who have accomplished milestones in pursuing the outdoor recreationist community. Their stories deserve more recognition and exposure.”

ROOTS Exhibit Opening | Meet the Story Keepers | June 15, 2024 from 1 – 2 pm.

Please consider yourself invited to join Chad Brown, exhibit Creative Director, BIPOC outdoor recreation leader Pam Slaughter of PDX People of Color Outdoors, and Brian Chou for a discussion on their experiences and the creation of the ROOTS exhibit hosted this summer from June 15 - September 15, 2024 at the Tillamook Forest Center. Please arrive early to view the exhibit prior to the discussion. 

This exhibit was made possible with financial support from the State Forests Trust of Oregon.

To learn more about Chad’s non-profits and how to help, please visit Soul River Inc. and Love is King.

To experience Chad’s award-winning and life-changing creative works, please visit

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