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Upcoming Events 

September 30, Sat - Public Lands Day Hike; 9:00 - 11:00 am - Enjoy a free day on the Refuge!

October 14, Sat - Fall Planting Day; 8:00 am - potluck lunch with burgers/hotdogs by Friends of Turnbull.

December 9, Sat -
WinterFest closed area tours; chili contest; more info to come

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Celebrate Public Lands day - September 30 -joint hike with The Lands Council; 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Refuge Fall Planting Day - October 14; bring shovels, work gloves, potluck lunch contribution (salad, dessert, chips, etc)

Winterfest - December 9 - Closed Area tours; program; Chili Contest

Celebrate Public Lands Day - September 30 with a hike and visit to the Nature Store to see new merchandise

The Friends of Turnbull and members of The Lands Council will have a joint event on Saturday, September 30 to celebrate our Public Lands. The day is a "free day" at the Refuge. Take a hike to check-out who is stopping over on the fall migration and visit the Nature Store to see new merchandise. The store will have extended hours. Also check out the new Viewing Scopes installed at the Pine Lake Overlook.

Meet and hike: 9:30 - 12:00 pm; Store opens 10:00 am

Refuge Fall Planting Day - October 14

Join with other volunteers to plant trees and shrubs in the Riparian Restoration project along the creek between ponds. Bring work gloves, shovels and willing hands to dig a hole for a tree. Be rewarded with lunch. The Friends will provide hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill. Members and friends, please bring along a potluck dish (salads, chips, dessert). See you Saturday, from 9:00 am - noon. The Nature Store will be open extended hours this day.

Save the Date for the annual WinterFest Celebration for December 9.Closed area Van tours; chili contest; Nature Store Christmas items, more. . . . .

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!