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Fall 2018  |  Volume 12, Number 4
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Tillamook Forest Center
Inspiring people to connect with the Tillamook State Forest.
TFC Staff
Fran McReynolds
Interpretation & Education Coordinator
Denise Berkshire
Lead Interpreter/ Educator
Luke Wahl
Visitor Services Coordinator
Jen Warren
Visitor Services Assistants
MJ Guidetti
Megan Lacy
Facilities Coordinator
Christian Hargrove

Seasonal Educators
Cam Amabile
Sara Fischer

Executive Director, Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust
Ross Holloway

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Find your own community with these fall events
You don't need to be by yourself to enjoy trail running, bike riding, or making art in the forest. Hang out with people just like you at these upcoming fall events.
Elk-Kings Trail Race
Hannah Bright, winner of the Elk-Kings 50K in 2017. Photo courtesy of Paul Nelson.
For the sixth year, trail runners will hoof it through the Tillamook State Forest for the annual Elk-Kings Trail Races on October 13. In addition to the 50K along the Wilson River and the 25K over both Kings and Elk Mountains, this year's event will also feature the brand-new Mountain Marathon that challenges runners to go around and up Elk and Kings twice. Registration is open through October 7: 
Cycle Oregon_s Gravel Ride
Cycle Oregon's Gravel Ride will feature short, medium, and long routes each day, traveling exclusively over gravel roads in the Tillamook State Forest.
If you'd rather experience the forest on two wheels, join Cycle Oregon for the two-day Gravel Ride, October 5- 7. Gravel riders will have the whole Cycle Oregon experience - tents, showers, route support, main stage, and beer garden. For more information, visit .
Celebrate Route 6 Sketch Crawl
Artists of all skill levels are invited to paint, draw, write, make music, or sculpt about their impressions of autumn along the majestic Route 6 corridor for the Celebrate Route 6 Sketch Crawl.
Is slowing down to express your creative side more your speed? Visit the center on October 6 for the
Celebrate Route 6 Sketch Crawl hosted by Art Accelerated gallery in Tillamook. For event details, visit: .
More great events and programs are coming to the center this fall. View our calendar for an updated list of upcoming programs:
Celebrate with us
Join us for the Root Ball_
Be part of the fun for the first event in the new pavilion at the TFC.
We have great things to celebrate this fall and we hope you will join us for the festivities at the Root Ball on September 22. Your generous support--whether you are community members, part of a foundation, or a granting organization--made the Forest Education Pavilion a reality!
This year's Root Ball is a wonderful opportunity to experience the pavilion, nestled in hand-planted Douglas-firs, alders, hemlocks, and the forest understory. The evening's activities and dinner on the bridge over the Wilson River are not-to-be-missed treats. We would be delighted to thank you in person for the part you've played in creating this new space.
Fran McReynolds
Opportunities to make a difference
The view from inside the education pavilion
Surrounded by the forest, the pavilion invites the outdoors inside.
Generous supporters, thanks to your contributions, the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust successfully funded the Forest Education Pavilion at the Tillamook Forest Center. The pavilion is nearly ready for schools and other groups. There is still time for you to help make the space more welcoming with the final furnishings and technology. We'll be celebrating these final strides at our Root Ball on September 22, and we hope you can come! (tickets available here). Whether you can attend or not, we welcome any additional support - your donations help visitors to connect with the towering trees of the Tillamook State Forest and what they inspire.
Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust The non-profit Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, which formed in 1999, serves as catalyst for public/private partnership in support of the Tillamook Forest Center and developing tools and experiences that help Oregonians better understand and appreciate the Tillamook State Forest and all of Oregon's State-owned forests.

Our community is growing - join the fun!
The 2018 season has been similar to a bumper crop. We are experiencing an abundance of visitors and purchases of forest-related items in our gift shop. As a result, our small staff is relying significantly on the bounty of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm of volunteers and temporary employees. Meet the most recent team members who have been instrumental in the success of the TFC, and discover opportunities for you to contribute.
MJ Guidetti MJ Guidetti: MJ grew up in the Pacific Northwest hiking, camping, and exploring the outside world. In addition to those activities she enjoys cooking and traveling and she LOVES Smokey Bear! MJ "Looks forward to meeting you" the next time you stop by the information desk.
Lailani Buchanan Lailani Buchanan : Lailani is passionate about art, rock/mountain climbing, photography, and hiking. She joined the team as a result of recreating in the Tillamook State Forest and watching the center being built. Her favorite thing about volunteering is hearing Jim Reeher's stories about participating in the reforestation of the Tillamook Burn.
Izzy Tucker Izzy Tucker : Izzy's favorite thing about volunteering at the center is the Wilson River which reminds her of the clear water and scenery from her home in southern Oregon. Her days are spent outside as a facility assistant, which is helping her gain experience to reach her goal of working in a forest or park.
Brittney Main Heartfelt sendoffs: The TFC team would like to send a wholehearted goodbye to Frank and Charlotte Chase who had to leave us a bit earlier than expected. We wish them well and hope to see them in 2019. We would also like to wish Brittney Main good luck on her new teaching job! We appreciate all that you contributed while you were here.
Join the fun!
We are grateful to have such wonderful people join the TFC family this year. With the homestretch of the operating season quickly approaching, consider yourself invited to join us this fall. We are currently seeking the following volunteer positions:
  • Information desk volunteers
  • One day event volunteers (the next opportunity is The Root Ball fundraiser)
  • Onsite hosts for the fall (September - November)
  • Education assistants
for more information and to complete an application, or call (503) 815-6803.
Fall in love with these upcoming events
Discover the artwork of Adrienne Stacey in her new exhibit, Unnoticed Treasures, on display throughout the fall.
Here at the Tillamook Forest Center, we don't let the rain slow us down. In fact, we're as busy as ever preparing for an autumn full of activities, artwork, and abundant celebrations of the season. From September 12 - November 25, Unnoticed Treasures showcases a collection of forest-inspired pottery and watercolors by Adrienne Stacey. On September 29, lend the forest a helping hand at the SOLVE Wilson River Cleanup.
There's gold in them thar hills! Come to Mysterious Mushrooms on October 14 and learn to find some for yourself.
L ooking for some artistic in spiration?  Join us for an autumn on Route 6 themed sketch crawl on October 6, in celebration of Highway 6's designation as a Scenic Byway. On October 14, State Park Ranger, Dane Osis, returns  for his much-loved Mysterious Mushrooms program.
Celebrating rain
Join us in the pursuit of puddles at our Rain Festival, November 17 & 18.
Feeling damp and depressed? Soggy and sad? Come revel in the rain and party in the precipitation! Visit us November 17 and 18 for our first ever Rain Festival, where we'll rejoice in all things rain-related, create watery crafts, and release Chinook salmon into the river. The following weekend, the Tillamook Forest Center will say goodbye for the season at our annual Holiday Wreath Making event.
Registration is required and space is limited for some programs. For more information, visit h ttp:// . We hope to see you soon!
Naturalist Notes: Animal power
See the amazing ant video here
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