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Upcoming Events 

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

Turnbull Map

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Links and Maps/Location and Passes

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge website

National Wildlife Refuge System

National Wildlife Refuge Friends Groups

National Wildlife Refuge Association

Friends of Little Pend Orielle NWR

Friends of Kootenai NWR

Spokane Audubon Society

Washington Audubon Society

The Lands Council

Inland Northwest Land Trust

Ice Age Floods Institute - Cheney

Ducks Unlimited

Inland Northwest Wildlife Council

Climate Change Links

Bill McKibben, Environmentalist

350 Spokane

Climate Lab (UCLA) episodes 1-9 about what you can do

Veratasium: 13 Misconceptions about Global Warming

Bill Nye on Climate Change

Carbon footprint calculator

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge location and description

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately four miles south of Cheney, Washington and twenty miles southwest of Spokane. To access the Refuge leave the city of Cheney on the Cheney-Plaza Rd, driving south to the sign for Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge at South Smith Rd, turning left . The refuge encompasses 18,746 acres, of which approximately 2,300 acres are designated for public use.

The Refuge consists of four distinct habitats in the channeled scabland topography - forest, grassland, wetlands and riparian habitats. The diverse habitats at Turnbull make it a high quality site for breeding and migratory waterfowl. There is also a rich diversity of plants and other wildlife within the refuge. Visitors are encouraged to experience Turnbull via the five and a half mile auto tour route, stopping at the study sites for short walks. There are also many miles of hiking trails within the visitor use area. Use the map below, or ask for more information in the Refuge Administration Building.

Try out this Google Maps link for a preview of the Turnbull NWR Administration Building and Nature Store. (Thanks Ron Hall.)

TNWR public use map

kids wildlfe viewing backpacksTurnbull is a great place for quick get-aways on a sunny day. So, when you need a small dose of being outdoors. -- think Turnbull!! It is part of the "nature near Spokane."

The Kids Wildlife Viewing Backpacks are available for check-out from the Friends of Turnbull Nature Store on weekends, April through October.

Visiting the Refuge and Passes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service also participate in the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass and Federal Recreational Lands Pass programs. These passes provide access to more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, grasslands and other federal lands, which provide a wide variety of nature-based recreational opportunities for the American public.

4th Graders and families

In addition to the fee-free days, the nation’s fourth graders and their families can get year-round free entry to all federal lands and waters through the Every Kid in a Park Initiative. Kids can get their vouchers online at The vouchers can then be exchanged for a pass that provides free entry through August 2016. Print and bring your voucher to the Refuge Administration building to exchange it for a pass.


• Free annual pass to current military members and their dependents.
• Free lifetime pass for people with permanent disabilities.
• $10 lifetime senior pass for those aged 62 and over.
• $80 annual pass for the general public.
• Free annual pass for volunteers who accrue 250 hours and who do not already have a valid interagency pass. Here is a link to find out about obtaining one of these passes.