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Head for forest fun this weekend


by: COURTESY PHOTO - Pictures, facts and stories about the secretive cougar will be the focus of a free program at the Tillamook Forest Center this weekend. For creatures and cougars and cabins, head to the Tillamook Forest Center on Highway 6 this Memorial Day weekend for some fun in the forest.

With two free featured events in addition to mainstay exhibits and outdoor trails, families can fill their weekends exploring all the center has to offer.

On Saturday and Sunday, staff will give a talk on cougars — the secretive neighbors who share the forest with other creatures and recreationists. Cougars live in the wild but most people will never see a cougar up close and personal because they are so shy and secretive. Enjoy interesting pictures, facts and stories about the largest members of the cat family in Oregon, Saturday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m.

There will also be a presentation on forest creatures’ cabins this weekend. The animals of the Tillamook State Forest make themselves at home in nests, holes, dens and nooks. Learn about the special places animals live on Saturday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m.

Passersby can easily identify the center by its climbable 40-foot replica of a forest fire lookout tower and a dramatic 250-foot-long pedestrian suspension bridge that leads visitors across the Wilson River to the Wilson River Trail and the nearby Jones Creek Campground.

There are also hands-on exhibits for kids and the award-winning film, Legacy of Fire.

The Tillamook Forest Center’s summer hours start today, so the center will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is at 45500 Wilson River Highway. For more information, visit