Field Trips & Youth Group Registration

Field Trip Agenda / Format

Agendas and program formats are determined based on group size. Groups consisting of one or two classes (up to 65 students), have one style of format while groups of three or more classes have a different format to accommodate large numbers. Agendas are listed below.

Field trip programs| one or two classes

Field trips for one or two classes are greeted by TFC staff and offered a short introduction as one large group. Typically the classes are split in half, but this depends on the specific education program. One class participates in a TFC staff-led activity, while the other class is divided into small chaperone-led groups to explore the exhibit hall, fire lookout tower, and trails. Chaperones facilitate exploration with provided scavenger hunt booklets. The entire group comes together for lunch, and then the groups switch activities.

Field trip programs| three or more classes

Field trips for three or more classes are greeted by TFC staff and offered a short introduction as one large group. The large group is then split into smaller subgroups that begin rotating through a set of predetermined stations facilitated by adult chaperones, teachers, and staff. The number of stations depends on the number of students, the duration of field trip, and the maximum number of students allowed in the exhibit hall at one time (30). Stations typically include, but are not limited to, the exhibit hall, movie, fire lookout tower, trail exploration, and optional staff-led rotations. Station options are listed with the field trip agendas below.

Exhibit Hall | scavenger hunt booklets

The center is open to the general public and often hosts multiple school groups or large multi-class field trips (upward of 150 people) on any given day. To ensure a pleasant experience for all visitors, increase learning, and ease congestion of the center’s narrow exhibit hall, we have a maximum number of 30 students total in the exhibit hall at one time for all schools/groups visiting.

All program types have designated time to explore the exhibit hall and fire lookout tower. Due to limited space, and based on experience, all groups are required to divide into smaller sub-groups during self-directed exploration time (typically the chaperone ratio of 1:5 works best).

Themed, grade-specific scavenger hunt booklets are provided to help adult chaperones facilitate focused learning and exploration of their sub-group of students through the predetermined stations. Each themed scavenger hunt booklet has two versions; a student version to fill in the answers and a second adult chaperone version complete with all of the answers. Also included are maps, guidelines, and directions along with friendly reminders including occupancy limitations. These booklets are designed to build on what the Tillamook Forest Center staff are teaching and they are tied to state standards. Upon your arrival, staff will meet your group and present a brief introduction, orientation, and review of how to use the scavenger hunt booklets.

Field trip program options

Below are field trip options for school/youth groups. All programs include time for lunch.

  • Homes and Habitats program (Pre-K & Kindergarten) | 2 hour program | up to two 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. Students explore a variety of habitats within the forest on a walk and during a habitat scavenger hunt. Click here to see agendas.
  • What’s a Forest? program (1st & 2nd grade) | 2½ hour program | up to two classes
    Students participate in a fun, short, safety hike, forest products game, and an animal & plant scavenger hunt in various habitats. Click here to see agendas.
  • Tillamook State Forest Past & Present program (3rd & 4th grade) | 3 hour program | up to two classes
    Students perform skits about the history of the forest while integrating science and Oregon history, and search for evidence of past events during a history scavenger hunt. Click here to see agendas.
  • Salmon in Our Streams program (3rd – 5th grade) | 3 hour program | up to four 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. Click here to see agenda.
    **Please select Special Request Program when registering and place program name in the notes**
  • Fresh Water & Forests program (5th & 6th grade) | 3 hour program | two to four classes
    Students simulate the water cycle and how forests provide clean drinking water, explore the importance of riparian zones during a guided walk, and explore the exhibit hall with a fresh water scavenger hunt. Click here to see agendas.
  • Trees of the Tillamook program (5th & 6th grade) | 3 hour program | up to four classes
    Students identify trees, deliver a short presentation, play a game, and participate in a tree scavenger hunt. Click here to see agendas.
  • Forest Carbon and Climate (7th & 8th grade) | 3 hour program | up to four classes
    Students simulate the forest carbon cycle, learn the role forests play in storing carbon and discover the impact of wildfires. They also use math to calculate rainfall, practice language arts while watching the Legacy of Fire movie, and discover the forest’s role in the global carbon cycle and the temperate rainforest climate while exploring the exhibit hall. Click here to see agendas.
    **Please select Special Request Program when registering and place program name in the notes**
  • Special program requests | Self-guided visits (all ages) | size varies
    Modified programs, self-guided visits, and other opportunities may be available.
  • Forestry for Scouts (Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts) | time and size varies
    Printable packets and booklets are available that meet specific badge and try-it requirements.