the tillamook forest center is a special place to develop a deeper connection with oregon’s forests through experience and exploration. located at the heart of the tillamook state forest, the region’s newest interpretive and educational center showcases the legacy of the historic tillamook burn and the public spirit behind a monumental reforestation effort that left a permanent imprint on oregon history while also shaping sustainable forest management today. we’re the region’s largest forest-based learning center and outdoor classroom facility, located 50 miles west of portland and 22 miles east of tillamook on oregon highway 6.
unique opportunities in a unique setting
the center is bookended by a climbable 40-foot tall replica of a forest fire lookout tower and a dramatic 250-foot-long pedestrian suspension bridge which leads from the building across the wilson river to the wilson river trail and nearby jones creek campground.
no other place in oregon or the northwest provides the forest-based learning opportunities found at the tillamook forest center. we’re distinguished by our forest surroundings, our focus on forest history, on the power of wildfire, and on the art and science of sustainable forest management today.
other features of the center include:
- hands-on exhibits
- the award-winning film legacy of fire
- attractive riverside and forest trails
- free programs available to be scheduled for your school or community group
- facility rental available for your function or event
free admission & free programs (donations welcomed)
hours change seasonally. click here for more details.
owned and managed by the oregon department of forestry, the center is an outgrowth of a major public-private partnership 10 years in the making.