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.

March 23 (Sat) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Fairy House & 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.

March 24 (Sun) 11:30 AM & 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.

March 29 (Fri) 11:30 AM

Nature's Yucky!

Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for a program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.
***This description comes from the book “Natures Yucky by Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen I. Shragg © Mt. Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT 2003.

March 29 (Fri) 1:30 PM

Wildflower Walk

Spring has arrived and our naturalists are eager to share some beautiful forest wildflowers with you. Come along for an easy, guided walk where we look for trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers, sour grass and much more.

March 30 (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.

March 30 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Nature's Yucky!

Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for a program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.
***This description comes from the book “Natures Yucky by Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen I. Shragg © Mt. Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT 2003.

March 31 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Wildflower Walk

Spring has arrived and our naturalists are eager to share some beautiful forest wildflowers with you. Come along for an easy, guided walk where we look for trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers, sour grass and much more.

March 31 (Sun) 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.

April 6 (Sat) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Arbor Week Celebration

Tree planting at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Staff will guide participants to a tree planting site and provide native tree seedlings to be planted in the Tillamook State Forest. Participants will receive a tree planting certificate. This event is rain or shine so please consider:
•   Spending one half hour tree planting
•   Wearing sturdy shoes - we will be planting on uneven ground
•   Dressing in layers. Temperatures are usually 10 degrees cooler in the forest than surrounding areas

Family activities and special exhibits will also be available throughout the day. You will be able to:
•   Create tree arts and crafts
•   Try your hand at a tree scavenger hunt to win a prize
•   And much more!
Step into the shoes of citizens who helped plant the Tillamook Burn and created the Tillamook State Forest! You are guaranteed to have a tree-mendous time!

Registration and fees are required for large groups of 10 or more and the deadline is Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019.
To register, or for more information, please call 503-815-6803 or send an email with the number of people in your group, and which time you are interested in to reserve a place for your group.

Activities are available for all ages and abilities. If you have a special need, please check in at the information desk.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to luke.c.wahl@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

April 7 (Sun) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Arbor Week Celebration

Tree planting at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Staff will guide participants to a tree planting site and provide native tree seedlings to be planted in the Tillamook State Forest. Participants will receive a tree planting certificate. This event is rain or shine so please consider:
•   Spending one half hour tree planting
•   Wearing sturdy shoes - we will be planting on uneven ground
•   Dressing in layers. Temperatures are usually 10 degrees cooler in the forest than surrounding areas

Family activities and special exhibits will also be available throughout the day. You will be able to:
•   Create tree arts and crafts
•   Try your hand at a tree scavenger hunt to win a prize
•   And much more!
Step into the shoes of citizens who helped plant the Tillamook Burn and created the Tillamook State Forest! You are guaranteed to have a tree-mendous time!

Registration and fees are required for large groups of 10 or more and the deadline is Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019.
To register, or for more information, please call 503-815-6803 or send an email with the number of people in your group, and which time you are interested in to reserve a place for your group.

Activities are available for all ages and abilities. If you have a special need, please check in at the information desk.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to luke.c.wahl@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

April 13 (Sat) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Summer Steelhead Release

Submerge yourself in the world of salmon and steelhead! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon and steelhead 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 Wilson River and release fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** These are estimated dates. The release depends on when the fish are ready.

April 14 (Sun) 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Summer Steelhead Release

Submerge yourself in the world of salmon and steelhead! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon and steelhead 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 Wilson River and release fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** These are estimated dates. The release depends on when the fish are ready.

April 20 (Sat) 11:00 AM

Biomass and Our Low-Carbon Future

Fresh Brewed Forestry is a special guest presenter series featuring Oregon Department of Forestry scientists who will show you a behind-the-scenes look at how we manage forests for Oregonians. Presentations are scheduled once a month in the spring and fall on Saturdays at 11:00 am. Coffee and tea will be provided while you cozy up and feed your curious mind.

How does biomass, the wooden leftovers of timber harvesting and lumber mills, fit into our low-carbon future? Biomass resource specialist Marcus Kauffman will share stories of the people, policies, and potential of using biomass from Oregon’s forests in a carbon-constrained world. From jet fuel made with wood, to heating whole communities with wood, to lowering the carbon footprint of coal: biomass has a role to play. Grab a cup and join the conversation.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to luke.c.wahl@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

April 27 (Sat) 11:00 AM

Art Demonstration with Martin Conley

All are welcome to a meet and greet with Martin Conley, the featured spring artist behind the Forest Floor to Gallery exhibit. Hear the stories of his sculptures and watch a woodworking demonstration to get a sneak peek at how he brings life back to old logs.

April 27 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Wildflower Walk

Spring has arrived and our naturalists are eager to share some beautiful forest wildflowers with you. Come along for an easy, guided walk where we look for trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers, sour grass and much more.

April 28 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Wildflower Walk

Spring has arrived and our naturalists are eager to share some beautiful forest wildflowers with you. Come along for an easy, guided walk where we look for trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers, sour grass and much more.

April 28 (Sun) 1:00 PM

Sketching Wildflowers and Butterflies with Dorota Haber-Lehigh

$25 | Registration Required
Includes all materials

Explore drawing butterflies and botanicals using creative approaches in your sketchbook. Investigate butterfly and plant structures and experiment with various techniques using pencil, pens, and colored pencils. Learn how to design playful and interesting compositions for your sketchbook. We will be drawing butterflies from photographs and plants from live specimens. You may bring photos and plant specimens to class or use those that are provided. Learning about native plants of the Pacific Northwest region and local butterflies or other pollinators will be encouraged.

Supplies will be provided, but please feel free to bring your favorite sketchbook or colored pencils. All artistic skill levels welcome.

This workshop is for ages 12 – adult, space is limited and includes all materials.
Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, April 24st
Please call 503--815-6800, visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org, or stop by the center to reserve your place.

Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an educator, artist and a forager from Seaside, Oregon. Born in Poland, Dorota loves traveling, discovering nature, and sketching with pen and ink, color pencils, soft pastels, and watercolors. For more information please visit http://www.dorotahaberlehigh.com/

Registration is Open. Please send an email to luke.c.wahl@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

May 4 (Sat) 11:00 AM

Fungi after Fire | Recovery from the ground up

Fresh Brewed Forestry is a special guest presenter series featuring Oregon Department of Forestry forest scientists who will show you a behind-the-scenes look at how we manage forests for Oregonians. Presentations are scheduled once a month in the spring and fall on Saturdays at 11:00 am. Coffee and tea will be provided while you cozy up and feed your curious mind.

Ever wonder what goes on below ground following a fire? Eventually, the soil is teaming with tiny organisms. Soil fungi help in the recovery effort in more ways than one. Join us to hear monitoring specialist Ariel Cowan share stories from her research on fungi, fire, and ponderosa pine forests.

Registration is Open. Please send an email to luke.c.wahl@oregon.gov with the names of all people attending.

May 5 (Sun) 10:00 AM

Wildfire Awareness Month in May

May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon. 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, demonstrations, and more with a wildfire awareness month kick-off celebration on Sunday, May 5th. Displays and information about how to protect your home from wildfire are available throughout the month.

•   Meet Smokey Bear at 11 am and 1 pm
•   Live Burn Table Demonstration - Build a paper house and discover how the surrounding landscape can affect your home’s survivability from a wildfire. Demonstrations will be at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
•   The first 50 visitors on Sunday, May 5, will receive a FREE 8 ½” X 11” color plant brochure (a $5 value)
•   Go on a fire scavenger hunt to win a prize

The Oregon Department of Forestry encourages home and property owners to take steps now to increase the fire-resistance of their structures.

May 11 (Sat) 10:00 AM

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

From melodic Swainson's thrushes to acrobatic violet-green swallows, the Tillamook State Forest is the summer home to a variety of migratory birds. Join us as we accompany the international birding community in a weekend celebration of our far-flying, feathered friends. Attend a naturalist-led bird program, make a bird craft, and check out the other fun activities throughout the day.

May 12 (Sun) 10:00 AM

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

From melodic Swainson's thrushes to acrobatic violet-green swallows, the Tillamook State Forest is the summer home to a variety of migratory birds. Join us as we accompany the international birding community in a weekend celebration of our far-flying, feathered friends. Attend a naturalist-led bird program, make a bird craft, and check out the other fun activities throughout the day.

May 25 (Sat) 11:30 AM

Tea Time | Tonics of the Forest

Join naturalists for a talk about teas from the leaves, roots, and flowers of plants that can be found in the Tillamook State Forest, then sample some of the concoctions and vote for your favorite!

May 25 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Beautiful Butterflies, Mysterious Moths

Have you ever wondered what type of insect is fluttering around as you walk through the forest? Think all moths are the ugly step-cousin of the beautiful butterfly? Join naturalists to learn how to identify many of the forest butterflies and moths in our area. Learn some of the habits of these beautiful insects and where to find them in the nearby woods and meadows.

May 25 (Sat) 2:30 PM

Dances with Dippers

Have you heard about the latest dance craze called “dipping”? A drab, grey, little bird told us that it’s the best! This sing-songy little swimmer is flying into the center to guide you through the aquatic world of the American Dipper. Join our naturalists to explore the Tillamook’s most unique little songbird.

May 26 (Sun) 11:30 AM

Dances with Dippers

Have you heard about the latest dance craze called “dipping”? A drab, grey, little bird told us that it’s the best! This sing-songy little swimmer is flying into the center to guide you through the aquatic world of the American Dipper. Join our naturalists to explore the Tillamook’s most unique little songbird.

May 26 (Sun) 1:30 PM

Tea Time | Tonics of the Forest

Join naturalists for a talk about teas from the leaves, roots, and flowers of plants that can be found in the Tillamook State Forest, then sample some of the concoctions and vote for your favorite!

May 26 (Sun) 2:30 PM

Beautiful Butterflies, Mysterious Moths

Have you ever wondered what type of insect is fluttering around as you walk through the forest? Think all moths are the ugly step-cousin of the beautiful butterfly? Join naturalists to learn how to identify many of the forest butterflies and moths in our area. Learn some of the habits of these beautiful insects and where to find them in the nearby woods and meadows.