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.


Tillamook Tales
Second Saturdays Beginning in March 2015

11:30 am

  • June 13 - Butterflies are Patient

Itís 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 childrenís 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.

Wildfire Awareness Month

May 2015

All Month

Will your home survive a wildfire? Do you know what part of your home is most vulnerable to fire? Visit the Tillamook Forest Center for answers to these questions, free information, displays and more during Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Forestry encourages home and property owners to take steps now to increase the fire-resistance of their structures.


Steelhead Release

June 26, 27, 28 2015 (ESTIMATED DATES)

11:30 am each day

Due to the warm weather, there was a delay in receiving fish eggs but they finally arrived last week! We became the proud guardians of 300 winter steelhead eggs from a brood of native Wilson River steelhead trout. These fish depend on the cool, clear rivers that run through the forest. Join us to explore their incredible lifecycles, what they need to survive, and how the Oregon Department of Forestry is making leaps for fish. After a short presentation, we will release the tiny fry in the Wilson River. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development.


Guest Presenter Ed Jensen | Trees and Shrubs of the Tillamook State Forest

June 14, 2015 (Sunday)

1:00 pm

$15 Registration Required (Includes Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests book)

Join tree and shrub expert Ed Jensen in this hands-on workshop that will teach you how to identify trees and shrubs native to the Tillamook Forest and much of western Oregon.

The workshop will begin with a 30-minute overview on how to identify shrubs and how to use Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests to enhance your shrub identification skills (book is included with registration). Following the introduction, weíll stroll the trails around the visitor center and apply the skills just learned to both trees and shrubs. Each plant ďdiscoveredĒ will include notes on the meaning of names, historical and cultural uses, the plantís ecology and relationship with its environment, and how itís likely to respond to disturbances (like The Tillamook Burn).

Jensen is a local and national award-winning educator who spent his career at Oregon State University teaching many thousands of students of all ages and abilities about Northwest trees and shrubs. In addition to his award-winning books on Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests and Trees to Know in Oregon (both available for purchase at the Tillamook Forest Center), he is an author/co-author of Manual of Oregon Trees and Shrubs and Woody Plants in North America.

This program is geared for audiences twelve and older with paid registration. Registration is required, the deadline is Wednesday, June 10th and space is limited. Please call 866-930-4646 or stop by the Center to reserve your place.


Forest Wildfire & Watershed Educator Workshop


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!

  • All curricula are correlated to Oregonís benchmarks and standards.
  • Substitute reimbursement is available
  • Free PLT and Aquatic WILD curricula included with attendance
  • Offered at no cost to Oregon educators grades 6-8 and informal educators

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