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 online program schedule.

You can also download our seasonal calendars; 2016 summer calendar and 2016 fall calendar

Upcoming special events are listed below.

Tillamook Forest Center is Turning 10!

March - November 2016

You're invited to experience the Tillamook Forest Center in a new way in 2016 as we celebrate our ten year anniversary. Fun events, changing exhibits, special presenters and unique programs will rotate each month (March – November). Throughout the year forest-related topics such as wildflowers, watersheds, history, fungi and more will be highlighted! Summer and fall topics are listed below:

  • August | History - step back in time
  • September | First people
  • October | Fungi
  • November | Rain forest

From our beginning as a seedling, and through these past 10 years, your support has helped create strong roots. Join us in celebrating the past, present, and future of the center as we continue to grow with the forest.

Art in the Forest

Begins June 12, 2016

All Day

Pacific University student, Emily Miller, will showcase her art exhibit along the River View Trail near the Tillamook Forest Center beginning on June 12th. Her goal as an artist is to frame the relationship between humans and nature in positive terms, encouraging an attitude of wonder and discovery that promotes a deeper connection and commitment to our local environments. The primary goal of the exhibit is to promote playfulness, curiosity and excitement about the forest environment, encouraging exploration and repeat visits. The installation is above the trail which encourages viewers to look up, and to linger. The forest canopy is an area more frequently overlooked by most visitors than the understory and ground cover. Weaving colored string between the trees represents the human impact on, and interconnection with, our natural environment.


Found in the forest

July 1 – 30, 2016

All Day

A lifelong nature lover, Ann Girarde has always been fascinated by trees, leaves, flowers, seed pods, and the myriad of natural treasures to be found outdoors. She assembles items these “gifts from the trees” that she collects around her studio in the Puget Sound ofWashington State into intricate wreaths, experimenting as she goes. Though every wreath is unique, each falls into one of three general designs: Douglas-fir cone wreaths, horse-chestnut husk wreaths, and nature study wreaths.



Growing Together | A step back in time exhibit

August 1 – 28, 2016

All Day

In August, the Center will join the Tillamook Coast History Alliance’s Step Back in Time event with a month-long exhibit highlighting influential relationship between the forest and the people of the Tillamook region, including rarely-seen photographs, wooden cheese boxes, and a 1930 Ford AA flatbed firetruck. Enjoy looking at early photographs and equipment loaned to the Forest Center by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. This exhibit is part of the Tillamook Coast History Alliance's "A Step Back in Time."


10th Annual Return from the Burn | A Step Back in Time

Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2016

All Day

Join us for three days of fun celebrating the unique Tillamook State Forest. Throughout the weekend we will host engaging activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during and after the fires. Throughout the weekend you can:

  • Get a hug from Smokey Bear and receive a free goodie bag (Smokey visits @ 11 am $ 2 pm each day)
  • Meet real forest firefighters and spray a fire hose during Smokey Bear visits (if available due to fire season)
  • Create arts and crafts to take home
  • Check out a vintage 1930 Ford Model AA pumper truck
  • Win a prize by completing our Tillamook Forest Center treasure hunt


Cheryl Hill | Stories from Oregon’s lookout history

Saturday, August 20, 2016 (Saturday)

11:30 am

Local author Cheryl Hill will talk about the history and background of Oregon’s fire lookouts, point out some of the interesting stories she discovered during her book research, and discuss the current state of lookouts in Oregon. She will also highlight recreational opportunities including her favorite hikes to lookout sites and tips on renting a fire lookout.


Inaugural Root Ball: an illuminated evening on the Wilson River Bridge

September 17, 2016 (Saturday)

5:30 pm

With you, we can deepen our roots and strengthen support into the future. Enjoy a magical evening as we dine on the suspension bridge with stunning views of the Wilson River. More than just a benefit dinner, the Root Ball is guaranteed to be a unique experience! More details to come.


Our Story: The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon Exhibit

September 1 – 30, 2016

All Day

In the month of September the Center will host a unique exhibit highlighting the history, culture, and artistry of the 27 tribes and bands of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Features of this exhibit will focus on Grand Ronde logging history, tribal plant uses, and overall cultural history of the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde.



Day of Celebration with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

September 25, 2016 (Sunday)

11 am - 3 pm

On Sunday September 25th the special Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon exhibit will be culminated with a day of celebration. Weaving demonstrations, tribal crafts vendors, film showings of a spiritual canoe journey, and a generous performance of traditional blessings and traditional song and dance will open and close the day.

We will also be exhibiting the Stankiya forty-foot canoe that is utilized during the traditional journey, as well as some new carvings, baskets, and other items provided by the tribe.

The Tillamook Forest Center welcomes the members of the tribes and bands, their esteemed elders, and the members of the general public to share in this celebration of our blossoming connection with the tribes of the Grande Ronde and the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center.


Have Fun Drawing Fungi!

October 1, 2016 (Saturday)

1 pm

$30 | Registration Required

Learning to draw mushrooms can be a lot of fun for artists of all levels. Mushrooms offer simple shapes and amazing colors and patterns. Learn how to depict mushrooms using basic shapes, color and light to make your mushrooms look magical. In this workshop, Artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh will explore techniques with graphite pencil, watercolor pencil and colored pencils. We will be drawing from observation, so feel free to bring a non-poisonous mushroom to class (you can find one at a store if you are not a mushroom expert).

Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, September 28th.

Please call 503--815-6803, email, or stop by the Center to reserve your place. This workshop is for ages 12 – adult, space is limited and includes all materials.


Mushrooms Magnified Exhibit

October 2 – 30, 2016

All Day

Avid mushroom hunters develop a keen eye for spotting these seasonal delicacies as they scour the forest floor. Yet mycologist Catherine Creech has discovered a world rarely seen by even the most experienced fungi enthusiasts. Using an electron microscope, Creech has captured highly magnified images of the surprisingly geometric arrangements of mushroom spores and other fungal structures. On display throughout the exhibit hall, her images demonstrate to us that science can often reveal the art in nature, even on the smallest scale.

Dorota Haber-Lehigh’s colorful biological illustrations of native mushrooms will also be interspersed among the black-and-white microscopy. Dorota returns to the Tillamook Forest Center after her month-long featured exhibit of wildflower illustrations graced the exhibit hall last March.


Mushroom Dyeing Workshop

October 8, 2016 (Saturday)

11 am

$15 | Registration Required

Join us to learn the art of dyeing with mushrooms with artist Julie Beeler. Participants will get exposed to basic information about mushrooms, their habitat and proper identification skills. We will be working with wool and silk and learning about different types of mordant and modifiers to create a variety of colors. Each participant will make a shibori mushroom dyed scarf.

Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, October 5th.

Please call 503--815-6803, email, or stop by the Center to reserve your place. This workshop is for ages 12 – adult, space is limited and includes all materials.


Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest

October 16, 2016 (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.

Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, October 12th.

Please call 503--815-6803, email, or stop by the Center to reserve your place. This workshop is for ages 12 – adult, space is limited and includes all materials.

Zooming in on Mushrooms

October 22, 2016 (Saturday)

1 pm

Fungi are mysterious and elusive organisms. It is estimated that only 5% of fungal species have been described by science. Most of what we know has been limited by the quality of our microscopes. Until now! With new advances in technology, electron microscopes are allowing mycologists to study mushroom feature in incredible detail. Join our featured biologist Catherine Creech as she guides you on a journey to a world unseen and reveals how electron microscopy can lend a hand in identifying our fungal friends!

Rainforest Revelations | Rain-activated Outdoor Art & Indoor Photography Exhibit

November 2 – 27, 2016

All Day

November is historically the rainiest month in the Tillamook State Forest, but a little precipitation doesn’t stop Oregonians from exploring the outdoors. Put on your raingear and head on out to the Center to witness a unique outdoor art exhibit that can only be seen when things get wet! Using an invisible paint that is revealed after it rains, images of native creatures that thrive in our temperate rainforest environment will be stenciled onto the plaza and the bridge.

After soaking in the outdoor art, come inside to warm up and enjoy native Oregonian Ciel Downing’s (a.k.a Blackfeet name Motai Auksi Piksi Ahki) forest photography. Ciel explains “fortune has permitted me to live in a place that commands one to feel alive and document the grandeur: the Great Pacific Northwest. Where windswept trees grow roots the size of small states to hold to the earth, where Mountains and sea swells are equally steep and the wildlife is abundant. This is life at it's raw, rugged self; it is also life at peace. I make every effort to honor it with my lens and leave both the world and it's creatures as I found them. Nature can be so majestic here, that arrogance dies a quick death and one's place in the world is decided not by fortune, rather humility and harmony before and with the elements. It is my joy to share the beauty that I find with others.

Come out and celebrate the final month of the Center’s milestone tenth season with these not-to-be-missed art installations!

Salmon Release

November 19 & 20 (Saturday & Sunday)

Estimated Dates

11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release wild, tiny fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.


Holiday Wreath Making

November 25, 26 & 27, 2016 (Friday - Sunday)

11:30 am

Registration Required

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 and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class [$15 wreaths & $5 cone craft].

Registration is required and the deadline is Sunday, November 20th.

Please call 503--815-6803, email, or stop by the Center to reserve your place. This workshop is for ages 12 – adult, space is limited and includes all materials.