Category Archives: Educational Events

10th Annual Star Party Event Guide

2014 Star Party Event Guide JPEGBring the whole family for a night of stargazing at the Old Ranch on Saturday, August 30th form 9 pm to Midnight!

10th Annual Star Party

2014 Star Party PosterSilver Falls State Park, the Friends of Silver Falls, and Salem’s NightSky 45 Astronomy Club would like to invite you to join us for a night of stargazing at the Old Ranch on Saturday, August 30th from 9pm – Midnight.

36th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Event Guide

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2014 Mother’s Day Event Guide

Hot off the press!  Another fun-filled schedule is all set for the Mother’s Day Birding & Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park on May 10th & 11th.  Be sure to contact Silver Falls State Park to pre-register for these FREE activities:

 – Owl Prowl Kickoff on Friday, May 9th from 8-10pm at the Old Ranch

- Guided birding walks with professional birding guide, Steve Shunk

- Sketching Classes with professional illustrator, Christine Elder

Saturday and Sunday’s pre-registered activities are listed in the Event Guide with ** next to the description.

Pre-Registration Contact:

Katharine Kuhlman

503-873-8681 ext 24

2014 36th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival

2014 Mother's Day Festival Poster Picture

Bring your whole family and join us at Silver Falls State Park for the 36th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival!  This year’s event runs

May 10th & 11th from 10 am – 4 pm

but kicks off early with a evening Owl Prowl** at the Old Ranch on May 9th from 8-10pm (**pre-registration required, see poster for details).  Also be sure to pre-register for FREE professionally guided bird walks and sketching classes throughout the weekend.  Live raptor shows, guided plant walks, native plant sales, bird box building, kid’s crafts, and a wildflower show in the Lodge are always favorites.  We hope to see you all at the Falls!

Click the link below for a PDF copy of this year’s poster.

2014 Mother’s Day Festival Poster

2014 Annual Events

2014 Annual Events Flyer PictureConsider yourself invited to each of our 2014 Annual Events at Silver Falls State Park!

For a Copy, click the picture above or the link below:

2014 Annual Events Flyer Updated

36th Annual Christmas Festival Event Guide

2013 Christmas Festival Event Guide

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Silver Falls as we’ve begun to decorate the South Falls Lodge!  Now you and your family can check out what will be happening at this year’s 36th Annual Christmas Festival.

To Download a PDF Copy follow link below:

2013 Christmas Festival Event Guide

36th Annual, 2013 Christmas Festival

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Everyone is invited to get in the holiday spirit at Silver Falls State Park’s 36th Annual Christmas Festival!  The event is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 2013, in the South Falls Historic District.

For the festival, the park’s Historic District is transformed into a Christmas wonderland featuring decorated trees and thousands of lights. Enjoy the sound of the holidays each day with music provided by local musicians and choral groups. Families can grab a cookie, a cup of cocoa, and gather around the fireplace in the South Falls Lodge to hear a ranger tell seasonal stories each afternoon.  Be sure to join in the numerous make-and-take projects such as holiday cards, gingerbread houses, festive ornaments, genuine wreaths, nature crafts, and more.

Check back here for a more detailed Event Guide when available!

Admission to the 36th Annual Silver Falls Christmas Festival is FREE  ($5.00 day use parking fee applies).

9th Annual 2013 Star Party

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This Saturday, August 3rd from 9 PM to Midnight the “star attraction” at Silver Falls State Park won’t be the waterfalls!

Join us for the 9th Annual Star Party at Silver Falls and discover the night sky through telescopes, learn about constellations and stellar objects from Salem’s NightSky 45 Astronomy Club, and see the park in a different light.  This year’s event will be in the South Falls Day Use Area just off Highway 214.  Refreshments, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, star charts, and flashlight covers will be provided.  Dress for the weather and be sure to bring your curiosity!

Admission to the 9th Annual Star Party is FREE  ($5.00 day use parking fee).

2013 Star Party Event Guide Online

4th Annual Historic Silver Falls Days

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to carve out a living at Silver Falls?

Come this Saturday and Sunday, July 13th and 14th from 10 am – 4 pm to the South Falls Day Use area at Silver Falls State Park for the 4th Annual Historic Silver Falls Days.  Bring the whole family and explore the many human stories “written” at Silver Falls.  Watch artisans perform their historic trades, listen to storytellers, join in an old fashioned game, browse local historical society displays, learn about local Native American history, marvel at antique cars (Saturday only), and even root for loggers using antique tools.  You can also hear the amazing story of a daredevil, Al Faussett, who went over South Falls in a hand-made canoe – from his own great grandson!  Participate in a race commemorating this event by purchasing miniature canoes released over the falls – the fastest canoes win prizes each day!

For a more detailed event schedule, please download an event guide below.  Admission to Historic Silver Falls Days is FREE  ($5.00 day use parking fee).


Mother’s Day Festival Schedule Is Out…

If you are interested in attending a walk or talk that requires registration (these are indicated with an * asterisk on the schedule), then don’t hesitate to call 503-873-8681 x24, or 503-873-8381 x24, or you can register online in an email to
Be sure to stop by the Native Plant sale on the porch of the Lodge during the event. You can purchase plants before a walk or hike and pick them up later in the day. Sheila Klest has a wonderful selection of plants and she donates back a portion of her earnings to the Friends of Silver Falls.
2013 Mother’s Day Schedule