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April 7, 2018 - Beginning Bird Watching Class #1; EE Classroom; 9:00am

May 5, 2018 - Beginning Bird Watching Class #1; EE Classroom; 9:00am

May 12, 2018 - MayFest Celebration Downtown Cheney; 10:00 - 4:00 pm and FFF Festival at Refuge; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

June 2, 2018 - Beginning Bird Watching Class #1; EE Classroom; 9:00am

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Beginning Bird Watching Class

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

Three classes - choose one that fits your schedule. Register for your choice through Eventbrite using the links below. The class, limited to 16 participants will begin in the Environmental Education Classroom on the Refuge and then go on a walk to see and hear what we can find. Each class will begin at 8:45 am on the first Saturday of April, May and June, 2018. Families with children > 8 yrs are welcome. There is no charge for the class, however, there is a $3.00 per car entrance fee for the Refuge.

May 5, 2018 Beginning Bird Watching Class #2 - Register

June 2, 2018 Beginning Bird Watching Class #3 - Register

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.

May 12 - MayFest in Downtown Cheney and Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival at Turnbull NWR


Enjoy information booths and hands-on activities in downtown Cheney from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday.

Sign-up for hikes/walks, hands-on activities, at the Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge at various times. Register for FFF activities at Cheney Parks & Recreation

Download a program.


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 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!