The Learning Shelter at
the Smith Homestead

The Smith Homestead Forest Learning Shelter and Tillamook Forest Center are located at separate sites and provide different amenities. At each, you will be welcomed by the lush forested settings of the scenic Oregon Coast Range. The facilities available for rent include the Forest Learning Shelter at the Smith Homestead Day Use Area, and the Janet McLennan Community Room at the Tillamook Forest Center, which can be divided into two spaces (River and Fireplace rooms). The Forest Learning Shelter is the only facility that is available after-hours and for social events including weddings. The Community Room is available for meetings and non-social events on a very limited basis with priority given to the center’s education and interpretive programs. Both facilities were built with sustainability in mind and are fully ADA-accessible. Drop us a line by email or give us a call at (503) 815-6808 for more information.

If you are interested in renting one of our facilities, please click the “request reservation” link below and complete the request form. One of our staff will be in touch soon.

The rustic Forest Learning Shelter at the Smith Homestead is an excellent spot for small, casual weddings, workshops, family gatherings, meetings, and other events. Well water is available on a drinking fountain adjacent to the building (no sink). A large fireplace adds ambience to your event. Limited electrical power is available. The shelter's indoor tables and benches can accommodate 55-70 people. Maximum allowed capacity for the facility is 75. Group tours of this facility are available once per month; reservations required. Contact us to make your tour reservation.

The Combined River and Fireplace Room (Janet McLennan Community Room) at the Tillamook Forest Center can be divided into two separate spaces or can function as one large room. The full space will comfortably hold about 75 people seated in rows of chairs, about 40 when tables are used. The room features a wood-burning fireplace, deck overlooking the Wilson River, sinks, projection screens, and direct access to the trail system just outside the door. This space is available for non-social events on a very limited basis with priority going to center programs and events. Social events including weddings and parties are not permitted.

Additional Information

Please note:

  • The private event rental damage and cleaning deposit has changed as of January 15, 2018. This deposit increase is necessary to help cover increasing costs in the event of damage to the facilities.
  • The bridge and Combined River and Fireplace Rooms at the Tillamook Forest Center are not available for social events (weddings, parties, etc.) or after-hours.

Available Facilities

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