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December 9, Sat -
WinterFest closed area tours; Brian Henning on Climate Change 11am; chili contest; see activities page

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This annual event will feature Closed refuge Wildlife Tours, a guest speaker presentation on Climate Science and our stewardship by Professor Brian Henning of Gonzaga University, a Chili Contest and potluck lunch, and hands-on activities for children.

Register for Tour #1 (9am - 11am)Eventbrite - WinterFest 17 Closed Area Tour #1
Register for Tour #2 (1pm - 3pm)
Eventbrite - WinterFest 17 Closed Area Tour #2


9:00 – 11:00 am Tour #1 leaves the area outside the Administration Building Parking/Classroom building.  Reservations through Eventbrite/
10:00-11:00 Hands-on activities for children of all ages in the classroom; entry of the Chili pots
11:00 – 12:00 Speaker presentation on “Climate Change and Our Way forward” in Classroom by Brian Henning, Gonzaga University, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies.
12:00 – 1:00  Scrumptious Chili and the trimmings lunch; announcement of winner of the Chili Contest; Prize – Packet of new items from the Nature Store. Donations for lunch accepted.
1:00 – 3:00  Tour #2; Reservations through Eventbrite/

Please bring friends to hear the presentation - enjoy the chili and children's activities at Friends of Turnbull Winter Fest!!


Family Scavenger Hunts on the Refuge - The Kids Wildlife Viewing backpacks are available to enhance your visit to the Refuge on weekends. They may be checked out and borrowed for a hike on the Refuge during the hours that the Friends of Turnbull Nature Store is open. Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.Go into the Nature Store in the Refuge Administration Building to check them out, and return to the store when finished. Download the Kids Scavenger Hunt here. TNWR Kids Scavenger Hunt

Beginning Bird Watching Class Spring will return next year

Sponsored by Friends of Turnbull and Spokane Audubon Society in collaboration.

The classes will be a hands-on chance to learn about tools and tips for observing, and identifying what you see in a fun walk.

The classes will include:
1) recognizing size, shape, beak, color, and habitat to identify birds,
2) instruction and practice using binoculars,
3) using field guides,
4) birds to look for at Turnbull NWR, walking around Pine Lake trail.


While Friends of Turnbull activities are free, donations to Friends of Turnbull help keep them going. The Friends of Turnbull is a 501 c3 organization which helps to fund the educational programs for schools and the general public on the Refuge. There is an FOT donation box in the Nature Store.

The National Wildlife Refuges have "free admission days" for 2017:

February – Presidents’ Day Weekend
September 30 – National Public Lands Day
October 9 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week
November 11-13 – Veterans Day weekend

Head outdoors and enjoy one of the country’s most magical places!