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. Join a naturalist for a guided hike through the temperate rainforest looking to spot spawning salmon, create rain-related crafts, or embark on a special splishy-sploshy scavenger hunt. Rain Fest will also feature our popular Salmon Release, where you can discover the incredible lifecycle of Pacific salmon and release wild fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. More details coming soon!



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.