Program & Event Calendar

Are you looking for something fun to do in the forest? Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs. From Dutch oven cooking presentations to wildflower walks we’ve got something for everyone.

Most events are FREE and open to ALL AGES.

Do you have an organized group that would like a special program about the Tillamook State Forest? Contact us in advance of your planned visit to see if we can accommodate your group.

For more information call 866-930-4646. For directions to the center click here.

July 21 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Batty About Bats

Scared of bats? Have no fear! These flying friends are not here to suck your blood, or tussle your hair. They simply eat mosquitoes out of the air! Join naturalists to discover the bats that live in the Tillamook State Forest and the myths that surround these mini-mammals.

July 21 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Bald Eagles | Soaring Scavengers

Bald eagles are mesmerizing and powerful beings. These large birds of prey build incredible nests, are efficient hunters and scavengers, and rely on forest streams and rivers for survival. Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn fascinating facts about our national symbol.

July 26 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Cougars | Our Secretive Neighbors

RAWR RAWR!!! Their roar can be fearsome, but most of us will never see or hear a cougar in the wild. These large cats are extremely shy and secretive and even though we don’t see them, we can still get to know these powerful predators. Come enjoy interesting pictures, facts, and stories about the largest members of the cat family in Oregon.

July 26 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Owls | Silent Hunters of the Night

Enter the nocturnal world of the owl, a stealthy predator built for nighttime attack. Find out who’s hooting and hunting in the Tillamook State Forest, get an up-close view of what makes these wide-eyed beasts the rulers of the night, and learn how you can find their hidden clues on your own.

July 27 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Owls | Silent Hunters of the Night

Enter the nocturnal world of the owl, a stealthy predator built for nighttime attack. Find out who’s hooting and hunting in the Tillamook State Forest, get an up-close view of what makes these wide-eyed beasts the rulers of the night, and learn how you can find their hidden clues on your own.

July 27 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Signs of Wildlife

Where are all of the animals? Learn to recognize the clues animals leave behind and you will find that they are all around you. Join interpreters for a forest walk where we will share tips to enhance your chances of spotting wildlife and increase your awareness of their presence.

July 28 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Signs of Wildlife

Where are all of the animals? Learn to recognize the clues animals leave behind and you will find that they are all around you. Join interpreters for a forest walk where we will share tips to enhance your chances of spotting wildlife and increase your awareness of their presence.

July 28 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Cougars | Our Secretive Neighbors

RAWR RAWR!!! Their roar can be fearsome, but most of us will never see or hear a cougar in the wild. These large cats are extremely shy and secretive and even though we don’t see them, we can still get to know these powerful predators. Come enjoy interesting pictures, facts, and stories about the largest members of the cat family in Oregon.

August 2 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Recreation Jeopardy

Test your knowledge of recreation in the Tillamook State Forest in a lively game of Jeopardy like you've never seen it played before! Everyone will be involved as "volunteer" contestants to win prizes. Hosted by Alex Treebark!

August 2 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Skullduggery

Pirates are not the only skull enthusiasts! Have you ever encountered an animal skull in the forest? Skulls give clues to an animal’s identity, what it prefers to eat, and how it lives. Come along with our interpretative staff to get an introduction to the diversity and adaptations of mammal skulls and the structure and function of different teeth, jaws, and sockets.

August 3 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Skullduggery

Pirates are not the only skull enthusiasts! Have you ever encountered an animal skull in the forest? Skulls give clues to an animal’s identity, what it prefers to eat, and how it lives. Come along with our interpretative staff to get an introduction to the diversity and adaptations of mammal skulls and the structure and function of different teeth, jaws, and sockets.

August 3 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Water Wonders

Bring your sandals and shorts and get wet in the waters of the Tillamook State Forest! Naturalists will provide the equipment to lead you through the world of aquatic insects, to get an up-close look at their cool and crazy adaptations. Learn how their presence or absence is influenced by the quality of their habitat and how other animals depend on these bugs as well.

August 4 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Water Wonders

Bring your sandals and shorts and get wet in the waters of the Tillamook State Forest! Naturalists will provide the equipment to lead you through the world of aquatic insects, to get an up-close look at their cool and crazy adaptations. Learn how their presence or absence is influenced by the quality of their habitat and how other animals depend on these bugs as well.

August 4 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Recreation Jeopardy

Test your knowledge of recreation in the Tillamook State Forest in a lively game of Jeopardy like you've never seen it played before! Everyone will be involved as "volunteer" contestants to win prizes. Hosted by Alex Treebark!

August 9 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Fire Lookouts | Alone in the Strike Zone

Who would want to live alone, miles and miles from their closest neighbor? Join a naturalist to take a journey through history and discover the dangers that fire lookout men and women faced living high above the canopy. Hear the stories of these brave individuals and see the equipment used on the front lines of fire detection then and now.

August 9 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday Party

You’re invited to a very special bear’s birthday party! Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center on August 9th to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday. The festivities will take place from 1:30 to 3:30, and will include cake, prizes, songs, and games to honor our furry forest defender. There will even be a special appearance by the birthday bear himself! Don’t leave these birthday candles unattended—only YOU can help Smokey celebrate in style!

August 10 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Forest Bounty Walk

Long before dinner was just a shopping trip away, many people relied on the forest for food. Join us on a family-friendly stroll as we journey through four seasons in the Tillamook State Forest, and discover what Native Americans hunted and gathered in these woods. **Path is ADA accessible and easily trekked with strollers or wheelchairs.

August 10 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Incredible Insects

They are often seen as villains, but what if they’re superheroes in disguise? Join us for a short talk on the benefits that insects provide to humans and the environment, followed by a walk to a nearby meadow where we will go on an insect safari!

August 11 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Incredible Insects

They are often seen as villains, but what if they’re superheroes in disguise? Join us for a short talk on the benefits that insects provide to humans and the environment, followed by a walk to a nearby meadow where we will go on an insect safari!

August 11 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Bald Eagles | Soaring Scavengers

Bald eagles are mesmerizing and powerful beings. These large birds of prey build incredible nests, are efficient hunters and scavengers, and rely on forest streams and rivers for survival. Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn fascinating facts about our national symbol.

August 16 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Trees of the Tillamook Forest Walk

Join us on a leisurely tree walk at the Tillamook Forest Center. We will take an easy stroll, seeking some of the diverse tree species that comprise our Coast Range forests. Learn the many benefits of these forest giants and some crafty ways to spot them in the woods. **Path is ADA accessible and easily trekked with strollers or wheelchairs.

August 16 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Steam-Fueled Forestry

High pitched whistles pierced the air, steam powered gears spun and steel cables flurried to and fro to fuel the logging industry at the turn of the 20th century. At the center of this perfected mechanical movement was the Steam Donkey, an ingenious invention that revolutionized the industry, eased the lives of early loggers, and paved a path to modernization. Join us as we journey back to the time of steam engines to discover the mechanics behind this powerful metal monster!

August 17 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Steam-Fueled Forestry

High pitched whistles pierced the air, steam powered gears spun and steel cables flurried to and fro to fuel the logging industry at the turn of the 20th century. At the center of this perfected mechanical movement was the Steam Donkey, an ingenious invention that revolutionized the industry, eased the lives of early loggers, and paved a path to modernization. Join us as we journey back to the time of steam engines to discover the mechanics behind this powerful metal monster!

August 18 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Trees of the Tillamook Forest Walk

Join us on a leisurely tree walk at the Tillamook Forest Center. We will take an easy stroll, seeking some of the diverse tree species that comprise our Coast Range forests. Learn the many benefits of these forest giants and some crafty ways to spot them in the woods. **Path is ADA accessible and easily trekked with strollers or wheelchairs.

August 23 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Browsing for Beavers

They’re swimming, they’re gnawing, and they’re absolutely charming! The Tillamook State Forest’s beavers are always hard at work, as they have been for eons. Wander along the Wilson River with interpreters as we discover the role of beavers in Oregon history, see how they are uniquely equipped for life on land and in the water, and learn how to look for evidence of these busy rodents.

August 23 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Killer Birds

Think birding is just a walk in the park? Think again! Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn how some birds stab their prey with their bills, while others hover low to stalk and hunt. Learn some of the not-so-friendly features of birds and see how they have adapted their predator skills.

August 24 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Killer Birds

Think birding is just a walk in the park? Think again! Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn how some birds stab their prey with their bills, while others hover low to stalk and hunt. Learn some of the not-so-friendly features of birds and see how they have adapted their predator skills.

August 24 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Clever Coyotes

Did you know that coyotes were once considered extremely rare in this neck of the woods? Join us here at the Tillamook Forest Center to explore the untold story of these amazingly adaptable animals and discover how our actions can impact them in big ways!

August 25 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Clever Coyotes

Did you know that coyotes were once considered extremely rare in this neck of the woods? Join us here at the Tillamook Forest Center to explore the untold story of these amazingly adaptable animals and discover how our actions can impact them in big ways!

August 25 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Browsing for Beavers

They’re swimming, they’re gnawing, and they’re absolutely charming! The Tillamook State Forest’s beavers are always hard at work, as they have been for eons. Wander along the Wilson River with interpreters as we discover the role of beavers in Oregon history, see how they are uniquely equipped for life on land and in the water, and learn how to look for evidence of these busy rodents.

August 30 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

Timber harvested from the Tillamook State Forest is used to construct homes for many Oregonians, but plenty of woodland residents live in dwellings made of other natural items. Using twigs, grasses, moss, rocks, and other things found in the forest, join our naturalists while we build unique fairy houses, gnome homes, or even toad huts for the creatures of the forest. By the end, we will create a Fairy House Village to be viewed by visitors during the day and used by enchanted inhabitants by night.

August 30 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Skullduggery

Pirates are not the only skull enthusiasts! Have you ever encountered an animal skull in the forest? Skulls give clues to an animal’s identity, what it prefers to eat, and how it lives. Come along with our interpretative staff to get an introduction to the diversity and adaptations of mammal skulls and the structure and function of different teeth, jaws, and sockets.

August 31 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Skullduggery

Pirates are not the only skull enthusiasts! Have you ever encountered an animal skull in the forest? Skulls give clues to an animal’s identity, what it prefers to eat, and how it lives. Come along with our interpretative staff to get an introduction to the diversity and adaptations of mammal skulls and the structure and function of different teeth, jaws, and sockets.

August 31 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Water Wonders

Bring your sandals and shorts and get wet in the waters of the Tillamook State Forest! Naturalists will provide the equipment to lead you through the world of aquatic insects, to get an up-close look at their cool and crazy adaptations. Learn how their presence or absence is influenced by the quality of their habitat and how other animals depend on these bugs as well.

September 1 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Water Wonders

Bring your sandals and shorts and get wet in the waters of the Tillamook State Forest! Naturalists will provide the equipment to lead you through the world of aquatic insects, to get an up-close look at their cool and crazy adaptations. Learn how their presence or absence is influenced by the quality of their habitat and how other animals depend on these bugs as well.

September 1 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

Timber harvested from the Tillamook State Forest is used to construct homes for many Oregonians, but plenty of woodland residents live in dwellings made of other natural items. Using twigs, grasses, moss, rocks, and other things found in the forest, join our naturalists while we build unique fairy houses, gnome homes, or even toad huts for the creatures of the forest. By the end, we will create a Fairy House Village to be viewed by visitors during the day and used by enchanted inhabitants by night.