Special Events

 

 

Fun Forest Programs!

There is a lot to see and do at the Tillamook Forest Center. Join us for family-friendly activities and enjoyable interpretive nature programs on your next visit to the Tillamook Forest Center.

Click here to view our program schedule. More programs coming soon!

Upcoming special events are listed below.

 

 

 

Winter Cleaning Party

**RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER**

February 23, 2019 (Saturday)

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for a special volunteer opportunity at the Tillamook Forest Center – It’s time to clean! As the saying goes, “many hands make light work”. Help us keep your center beautiful and get ready to re-open for the 2019 season with a quick indoor cleanup. Tasks will include cleaning exhibits, tagging gift shop items and sprucing up the facility.

    Requirements:

  • No prior training is required
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Ability to follow directions, bend, lift 10 pounds and work in a group setting
  • This opportunity is for ages 12 – adult
  • Registration is required. To register, or for more information, please call 503-815-6803.
Refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Hurry as space is limited!

 

Outdoor School Educator Workshop

**RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER**

Date TBD

8 am – 4 pm | FREE

Are you a fifth or sixth grade teacher whose students will attend Outdoor School? Would you like to strengthen the concepts your students learn at Outdoor School? Here is a free workshop for you!

    What you will get:

  • Methods and strategies to enhance and extend students’ Outdoor School experiences.
  • Content knowledge, skills, and materials needed to develop and use natural resources-based lessons that are aligned with Outdoor School curricula, state standards, and statewide environmental literacy programs.
  • Lessons that can be used in the field or the classroom, before or after Outdoor School.
  • Free Project Learning Tree and Aquatic WILD curricula included with attendance.
  • Oregon State University Outdoor School specialists available as a resource
  • Offered at no cost to Oregon educators grades 5th & 6th.
  • To register visit: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops

    This workshop will be limited to 5th and 6th grade teachers whose students will be attending Outdoor School in Oregon.

Forest Floor to Gallery | The Wood Sculptures of Martin Conley

March 1 - May 26, 2019

All Day

Celebrate the recent designation of Highway 6 as the Trees to Sea Oregon Scenic Byway at the Tillamook Forest Center! Join us as we partner with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and the Art Accelerated Gallery to showcase exhibits that reveal the beauty of the landscape surrounding this historic route between the Tualatin Valley and the Oregon Coast.

Like pileated woodpeckers or the salvage loggers who harvested burned snags in the Tillamook Burn, Martin Conley sees value in dead trees that are often discarded by others. Conley, a third generation Oregonian talented in many different art mediums, finds inspiration in unused wood from firewood piles and construction sites. He carves holes and grooves into the wood, exposing cavities, colors, and textures that were once hidden behind the wood’s weathered exterior. In addition to Conley’s wooden sculptures, which can be up to 8 feet tall, the exhibit will also feature his modern wooden vessels.

Art Demonstration with Martin Conley

April 27, 2019 (Saturday)

11:00 am

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.

 

Fresh Brewed Forestry | A Presentation Series for Curious Minds

See the Forest for the Bees

March 9, 2019 (Saturday)

11:00 am

Fresh Brewed Forestry is a special guest presenter series featuring Oregon Department of Forestry forest scientists who will give 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.

Oregon is home to over 500 species of bees, which are responsible for pollinating many of our staple crops and plants in rural and urban landscapes. Often overlooked are bees present in Oregon forests. Who and where are they? What can we do to protect them? In this talk, forest entomologist Christine Buhl will discuss how Oregon is tackling enhancing pollinator health and habitat and what you can do on your forestland.

 

Arbor Week Celebration ~ Plant a tree with us!

April 6 & 7, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)

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:

  • Wearing sturdy shoes - we will be planting
  • Spending one half hour tree 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 503-815-6800. Activities are available for all ages and abilities. If you have a special need, please check in at the information desk.

 

Summer Steelhead Release

April 13 & 14*

Estimated Dates

11:30 am & 1:30 pm

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.

 

 

Fresh Brewed Forestry | A Presentation Series for Curious Minds

Biomass and Our Low-Carbon Future

April 20, 2019 (Saturday)

11:00 am

Fresh Brewed Forestry is a special guest presenter series featuring Oregon Department of Forestry forest scientists who will give 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.

 

Sketching Wildflowers and Butterflies with Dorota Haber-Lehigh

April 28, 2019 (Sunday)

1:00 – 3:30 pm

$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 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/

 

 

Fresh Brewed Forestry | A Presentation Series for Curious Minds

Fungi after Fire | Recovery from the ground up

May 4, 2019 (Saturday)

11:00 am

Fresh Brewed Forestry is a special guest presenter series featuring Oregon Department of Forestry forest scientists who will give 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.

 

 

Wildfire Awareness Month in May

May 5, 2019 (Sunday)

11:00 am

May 5, 2019 (Sunday) 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 ˝” 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.

 

 

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

May 11 & 12, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)

All day

From melodic Western tanagers 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.