Field Trips & Classes

Guided and special request forest education programs are offered at the Tillamook Forest Center Wednesday through Friday from September-November and March-June. The Center is closed December, January and February. Watch the video and read the programs details below to learn more. Field trip opportunities fill up fast, so make sure to register early. Registration details are listed below.

All programs…

  • Are free, with a limited number of opportunities available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Are led by professional Oregon Department of Forestry environmental educators.
  • Are tied to state curriculum requirements and academic standards.
  • Aligned with Oregon Environmental Literacy and Oregon Forest Literacy Programs.
  • Include pre-visit and post-visit activities.
  • Have a maximum of 30 students for all visiting groups allowed in the exhibit hall at one time.
  • Have a minimum of 20 students for a formally guided program. Resources are available for smaller groups.
  • Require one adult for every five children and children must be accompanied by a chaperone at all times.
  • Guided programs are designed for one or two classes.

Teachers are required to...

  • Register at least four weeks in advance. Registration for each school year opens in mid-August.
  • Bring more than one class on a single day if registering multiple classes in the same grade level from the same school.
  • It is preferable to have a bus that is solely dedicated for the field trip, without after school routes, to avoid departure conflicts. Late arrivals/early departures will shorten the length of activities available to students and may require a shift to a self-guided experience.
  • Read the planning packet well in advance of the scheduled field trip.
  • Ensure students are prepared.
  • Complete pre-visit activities with students.

Transportation assistance…

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) may reimburse transportation costs for teachers who register for a guided school program and have financial need. The online form is located on OFRI's website. OFRI must receive your request prior to your scheduled field trip.

Field Trip Registration...

  • Please click on this form to request a date for all programs listed below.
  • The TFC, Smith Homestead Day Use Area and trails are maintained by correctional inmates from the South Fork Forest Camp. These crews may be in the vicinity performing routine maintenance and therefore we require all organized youth groups to register. Crews are closely supervised and signs indicating their presence are placed in the area of their work.
  • Requests will be processed beginning mid-August for the upcoming school year on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Oregon Department of Forestry protects approximately 16 million acres of private and public forest lands. In the event of wildfires, processing of education program requests may be delayed due to reduced staffing.
  • Tours are available to learn field trip planning logistics and to find out how center resources can support your curriculum. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Programs available include: (click on each program below for details)

  • Homes and Habitats (Pre-K -- 1st Grade | Up to 2 classes)
    Students take a “shrew’s-eye-view” of life in the woods to gain an appreciation for the variety of living things that make forests their homes, and for the variety of habitats within the forest on a walk and scavenger hunt.
  • What’s a Forest? (1st -- 2nd Grade | Up to 2 classes)
    Students participate in a short safety hike, forest products game, and an animal & plant scavenger hunt in various habitats.
  • Past and Present (3rd -- 4th Grade | Up to 2 classes)
    Students perform skits about the history of the forest while integrating science and Oregon history, and learn how to "see" the forest during a detective investigation scavenger hunt.
  • Salmon in Our Streams (3rd -- 5th Grade | Up to 4 classes)
    Students simulate Pacific salmon migration and the connection to forests, learn about salmon life cycles during a guided walk and explore the exhibit hall with a salmon scavenger hunt.
  • Trees of the Tillamook (5th -- 6th Grade | Up to 4 classes)
    Students identify trees, deliver a short presentation, play a game, and participate in a tree scavenger hunt.
  • Forest Carbon & Climate (7th -- 8th grade | Up to 4 classes)
    With worldwide temperatures increasing and wildfires ablaze, it’s important to understand the interconnection of Carbon and our forests. Students will learn about the carbon cycle and the role that forests play as a carbon sink.
  • Special Program Requests (All Ages | Size varies)
    Programs, field trips, or guest speakers on forest-related topics may be possible. Please contact us with your request. Please select this option is you are not seeing your program listed when registering.
  • Forestry for Scouts (Webelos, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts )
    Printable packets and booklets are available that meet specific badge and try-it requirements.