Volunteer opportunity: Winter Cleaning Party at the Tillamook Forest Center

Volunteer opportunity: Winter Cleaning Party at the Tillamook Forest Center

Tillamook State Forest – The Tillamook Forest Center will hold a cleaning day on Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to prepare for the center’s upcoming spring season opening on Thursday, March 1.

According to the Tillamook Forest Center, volunteers can expect to clean exhibits, tag gift shop items and spruce up the 13,500 square-foot facility in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, and should wear light, comfortable clothing. Refreshments will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring a packed lunch. No prior experience is necessary; you must be able to bend, lift 10 pounds and work in a group setting,

Participants must register for the event; to do so, email the center or call 503-815-6803.

The Tillamook Forest Center is a free interpretive and educational center located in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest. The facility is a popular destination for visitors driving to the Oregon Coast and exploring the many nearby attractions in the Tillamook State Forest.

Featuring numerous exhibits about the Tillamook Burn, early transportation and logging history of the region, regional fish and wildlife and more, visitors to the center will notice first a 40-foot tall replica of a forest fire lookout tower (which visitors can climb) . Behind the center, a 250-foot pedestrian suspension bridge crosses the Wilson River and connects to the Wilson River Trail.

The Tillamook Forest Center opened 12 years ago after the facility was built entirely with private donations and grants in a project spearheaded by the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, the same organization that now partners with the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency to market and fundraise for the Salmonberry Trail.

The Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust is a non-profit that, according to their website, “serves as catalyst for public / private partnership in support of the Tillamook Forest Center and the development of tools and experiences that help Oregonians better understand and appreciate The Tillamook State Forest and all of Oregon’s State-owned forests.”

Sources and more information: 

The Tillamook Forest Center Website
Tillamook Forest Center events page