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Upcoming Events 

May 5, Sat - Beginning Bird Watching Class #2, register; 8:45 am - noon

May 13, Sat - Floods, Flowers, Feathers at Refuge and Mayfest, downtown Cheney

May 27, Sat - Spring and Mating Colors Bird Walk ; 8:00 am - noon; register

June 3, Sat - Beginning Bird Watching Class #2, register; 8:45 am - noon

Turnbull Map

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Beginning Bird Watching Classes on the first Saturday of April, May, June 2017

Earth Day Celebration, Riverfront Park, April 22

Mayfest and Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival, May 13

Spring and Mating Colors Bird Walk with Marion Frobe, May 27, 8 am - noon.

Beginning Bird Watching Class Spring 2017

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

May 6 or June 3, 2017Girl with Binocs

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.

Pre-registration required; Each class has a limit of 15 participants. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email.

To register for May 6 class (filled), use this button: Eventbrite - Beginning Bird Watching Class - May 6

To register for June 3 class (filled), use this button: Eventbrite - Beginning Bird Watching Class - June 3

Download a flyer for the classes. Choose one day: Register. The class is free, however, there is a $3.00 per car entrance fee to the Refuge, payable at the gate. If you have a Refuge Annual Pass or one of the Interagency Federal passes (Seniors, Disabled, Volunteers) entrance is free.

Spring and Mating Colors Bird Walk with Marion Frobe on May 27 from 8am to noon.

To register for the May 27 Spring Colors Bird Walk, use this button: Eventbrite - Spring and Mating Colors Bird Walk at Turnbull NWR

MayFest and Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival - May 13, 2017

Activities at the Refuge - Download flyer here

Some activities will be drop-in all day and some activities are hands-on pond study, and walks that have designated start times and require registration. Bird Walks, Nature walks, Photography walks, bike ride, and more will take place at the Refuge.  Information and Activity booths will be located in downtown Cheney at MayFest.

Note- All activities at the Refuge are free; however, some require registration.
To secure your spot for those refuge activities that require reservations, please contact Cheney Parks and Recreation at 509-498-9250 or register on line under special events. 

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



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 2016:

February 13-15 – Presidents’ Day Weekend
September 24 – 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!