TILLAMOOK - Fall in the forest is a beautiful time. Frosty mornings and warm afternoons amidst the falling leaves offer a quiet time to picnic and stroll the trails. This fall, the Tillamook Forest Center is offering a few unique opportunities for all ages.
The Kalapuya exhibit is open all day during regular center hours through Jan. 4. The traveling exhibit, which is on loan from the Washington County Historical Society and Museum, details the life and culture of Kalapuya Indians through thousands of years. Visitors will be treated to accounts of traditional food, housing, trade and clothing, along with reports of treaties and reservation life.
The Fall Salmon Migration exhibit is also open all day during regular center hours during October and November. The cold, clear pools along the Wilson River hold chinook, coho and steelhead salmon. The center is also celebrating more exciting news about fish. With grant assistance from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program (STEP), center staff became the proud guardians of 500 spring chinook eggs. The salmon eggs will be on display in the rearing tank, which is a window into what is happening right now in the streams throughout the forest. Drop in and check out the salmon eggs as they hatch and develop into tiny fish, or join a naturalist for a guided walk to release the small fry into the Wilson River. Fish release walks will be offered Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, and visitors can search the mountain waters of the Tillamook State Forest for spawning salmon.
There will be Holiday Wreath Making workshops at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 30. Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the winter holiday season. Pine cone bird feeders and other small items will also be available for younger children to make. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class, which is $12 for wreaths and $3 for pine cone bird feeders. If you took this workshop last year, bring your metal wreath form for a $2 recycling discount. Registration is required and the deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 25. Send an e-mail to email@example.com to reserve your place.
The Tillamook Forest Center is located on Oregon Highway 6 between Mileposts 21 and 22 and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from Labor Day to Memorial Day. For more information, call (866) 930-4646 or visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org