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.




Unnoticed Treasures | Ceramics and Watercolors by Adrienne Stacey

September 12 - November 25, 2018

Indoor art exhibit

Adrienne Stacey’s ceramics showcase the delicate patterns of local flora and the playful personalities of forest animals. The Portland-based artist immortalizes the seasons of the forest by making clay impressions of trailside plants that often slip by the attention of the average forest visitor. Stacey is also an accomplished painter. Her forest-inspired watercolors will also be featured.


The Root Ball Fundraiser

September 22, 2018 (Saturday)

5:30 pm | $75 registration required

With you, we can deepen our roots and strengthen support into the future. This year, we will step back in time and celebrate the forest’s bounty in elegance with an old-fashioned fancy-dress picnic on the bridge overlooking the Wilson River. Wholesome food, friends, and music will fill the forest. Funds raised will support furnishings and equipment for the new Forest Education Pavilion. More than just a benefit dinner, the Root Ball is guaranteed to be a unique experience! Tickets are $75/person and space is limited! To register, go to: bit.ly/2018RootBall.



Wilson River Clean Up

September 29, 2018 (Saturday)

10 am - 1 pm

Join the Oregon Department of Forestry for a cleanup along the banks of the beautiful Wilson River. Registration begins at 10:00 am at Smith Homestead Day Use Area. This is a very popular destination for year-round visitors looking to spend time fishing, hiking, relaxing and swimming in the Wilson River. Join us as we clean the river banks before the high waters of winter carry the debris to the sea. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring water. Cleanup supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Sign up at solvoregon.org.

Smith Homestead Day Use Area is located 22 miles from Tillamook and 49 miles from Portland in the Tillamook State Forest. From Highway 6, take North Fork Road at milepost 22, and make the first right into Smith Homestead Day Use Area. This is 1/2 mile east of the Tillamook Forest Center.


Celebrating Route 6 | Sketch Crawl

October 6, 2018 (Saturday)

9:30 am - 3 pm

In conjunction with Highway 6’s recent designation as the Trees to Sea Oregon Scenic Byway, the center is partnering with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and the Art Accelerated Gallery for a yearlong celebration of Route 6! Artists of all skill levels are invited to paint, draw, write, make music, or sculpt about their impressions of autumn along the majestic Route 6 corridor on October 6th, 9:30 – 3 pm. The day begins at 9:30 am at the Art Accelerated Gallery, located in downtown Tillamook at 1906 Third Street. Artist will then gather at the Tillamook Forest Center at 10 am. There are many scenic views at the center for inspiration. The brand new Forest Education Pavilion will be available for lunch. Live music will be provided. Attendees can gather at the close of the event from 1:30 – 3pm for a show-and-tell. Visit the Route 6! Facebook page for event details: www.facebook.com/ArtAccelerated2015.



Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest

October 14, 2018 (Sunday)

11 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 10th. Please call 866-930-4646 to submit payment for registration.



Rain Festival

November 17 & 18, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

All Day

Don’t let the November rain get you down. As the flora and fauna of the Tillamook State Forest know, rain should be celebrated. Throw on your best rain gear and join us for a weekend of fun activities exploring all that the rain brings to the creatures of the forest.

    Activities include:

  • The popular Salmon Release, where you can discover the incredible lifecycle of Pacific salmon and release fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Releases occur at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm each day.
  • A naturalist-guided walk through the temperate rainforest to Cedar Creek, a popular spawning site for Chinook salmon. The hike is 1.6 miles long and begins at 12 pm and 2 pm each day.
  • A craft room full of rain-related crafts and a build-your-own terrarium station.
  • An outdoor salmon migration game. Can your fish make it safely to their spawning grounds?
  • A very soggy scavenger hunt that can only be seen when it rains.
  • A rainy fashion photo booth. Show up with your coolest umbrella, or rain boots and we’ll pick a winner.
  • We hope you can join us!


Holiday Wreath Making

November 23, 24 & 25, 2018 (Friday - Sunday)

11 am | registration required - $17 wreath, $7 cone craft

Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make a cone craft. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class. Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, November 21st. Please call 866-930-4646 to submit payment for registration.