2020 Silver Falls Owl Prowls

Join park rangers for an evening of owling! This evening program will begin with an indoor presentation about owls, followed by dissecting owl pellets and a nighttime guided walk in the woods to call for owls. Due to the nature of the event, the minimum recommended age for children is 5 years.

The Owl Prowls will take place in four different locations this year:

February 29: 6 pm at the North Falls Meeting Hall

March 14: 7 pm at the Silver Falls Conference Center

March 28: 7 pm at the Old Ranch

April 11: 7 pm at Camp Silver Creek

An email update will be sent out to participants the week before the event with more information, and a weather update.

Preregistration is required – click here to register. If you need to cancel your registration, please do so as far in advance as possible so others can register.

2020 Owl Prowl Poster

2020 First Day Hikes

Start the new year right with a First Day Hike at Silver Falls!

Two hikes will be offered at Silver Falls this year, and each will be repeated, for a total of four hikes. The 9 am and 1 pm hikes will encompass the 1 mile loop around South Falls. Visitors will learn about the geology and history of the park and walk behind 177-foot tall South Falls. The 10 am and 2 pm hikes will explore the temperate rain forest of Silver Falls. Discover the many layers of life present in our complex forest and marvel at everything from tiny birds to giant trees.

Meet At: South Falls Lodge Porch

Trail Name: 9 am and 1 pm – South Falls Loop, 10 am and 2 pm – Rim Trail/Bike Trail Loop

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Recommended minimum age: 6 years old

Things to Note: No dogs. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash at 10 am and 2 pm hikes. Dogs not permitted on 9 am and 1 pm hikes. Bring water, snacks, and be prepared for inclement weather and trail conditions. Dress in layers and bring a raincoat.

Please register here for the event (each hike limited to 30 participants) so we can send you the latest information, including cancellation information if necessary.

2020 SF First Day Hike flyer

2019 Silver Falls Christmas Festival

Join us for the 42nd year of our popular Christmas Festival on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event will be split between the South Falls Day-Use Area and the Silver Falls Conference Center. Parking at the Conference Center is limited, so a free shuttle will be running between the two locations from 10 am until 4:15 pm.

See below for a detailed list of activities.

2019 Christmas Festival Flyer

2019 CF Event Guide

Spring 2020 Field Trips at Silver Falls State Park

Listed below are the guided  field trip dates available for Spring 2020 at Silver Falls State Park. If you’d like to schedule a field trip, please contact Ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov or (503) 874-0201. When requesting a field trip, please provide the following information:

  • Your name and your school’s name
  • Age group and number of students
  • Preferred date(s) of field trip(s)
  • Time constraints – i.e. arrival and departure time to and from the park
  • Any special interests or choices of field trip programs (see list below). We can usually provide 2 guided programs and one self-guided program.

2020 Spring Available Dates

2019 Program Options

Fall 2019 Field Trips at Silver Falls

Listed below are the guided  field trip dates available for Fall 2019 at Silver Falls State Park (Dates for Spring 2020 should be posted by early October). If you’d like to schedule a field trip, please contact Ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov or (503) 874-0201. When requesting a field trip, please provide the following information:

  • Your name and your school’s name
  • Age group and number of students
  • Preferred date(s) of field trip(s)
  • Time constraints – i.e. arrival and departure time to and from the park
  • Any special interests or choices of field trip programs (see list below). We can usually provide 2 guided programs and one self-guided program.

Fall 2019 Available Field Trips

2019 Program Options

2019 Silver Falls Star Party

Join us Saturday, August 24th, 2019 for the annual Silver Falls Star Party. Volunteer astronomers with telescopes from Salem’s Night Sky 45 will be on hand from 9 pm until midnight to show off highlights of the night sky.

 

The star party will be held in the South Falls day-use area and is free, but a daily parking permit ($5) is required.

Star Party Flyer

2019 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Event Guide

Update 5/8/2019: Unfortunately, bird sketching classes will no longer be offered this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Below you will find the detailed event schedule for the 2019 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival. If you have questions, feel free to email Interpretive Ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov.

2019 BW Event Guide PDF Version of the Event Guide

2019 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival

It’s hard to believe that spring is already here and our annual Birding and Wildflower Festival is just a month away! We will be posting more detailed information here by the end of April, and if you have any questions feel free to email matt.palmquist@oregon.gov or call 503-874-0201.

2019 Birding and Wildflower Poster Indigo background blog

2019 Special Events at Silver Falls State Park

2019 Special Events flier v.2

2019 Silver Falls Owl Prowls

Owling season is upon us! Join park rangers for one in a series of owl prowls at the park this winter and spring. These evening events will include an indoor presentation about owls, a chance to dissect an owl pellet, and a guided nighttime walk to call for owls. Space is limited and preregistration for these events is required. Registration opens January 7, 2019 at the Oregon State Parks online store here.

The events are free – all that is required is a $5 daily parking permit – or you can buy an annual parking permit for just $30, also available for sale in the online Park Store!

For more information, email interpretive ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov or call (503) 874-0201.