The Tillamook Forest Center is a great place to develop a deeper connection with Oregon’s forests through experience and exploration of its engaging interpretive center. The interpretive center showcases the legacy of the historic Tillamook burn, and the public spirit behind a monumental reforestation effort. It was this spirit that helped to shape the sustainable forest management practices in place today.
The Tillamook Forest Center is located in the middle of the Tillamook state forest (50 miles west of Portland) and represents the region’s largest forest-based learning center and outdoor classroom. It hosts a 40 foot tall replica of a forest fire lookout tower and an awe inspiring 250 foot-long pedestrian suspension bridge which leads visitors from the main building across the beautiful Wilson River to the Wilson River hiking trail.
The award-winning Tillamook Forest Center is filled with interactive exhibits about the past, present, and future of the Tillamook State Forest, and is staffed by friendly forest guides. The TFC staff offers curriculum-driven forest educational programs for teachers and students alike, which can be taught on site at the center, or in the school classroom.
In addition, a variety of meeting and event spaces are available for rent. The rustic Forest Learning Shelter at the Smith Homestead nestled in a lush forest setting; is a great spot for weddings, workshops, business breakout meetings, and other group events. Get to know your forest better than Smokey the bear with a visit to the Tillamook Forest Center in Tillamook County.