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Photos by Charles Kerkering
From Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Turnbull
National Wildlife Refuge

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately four miles south of Cheney, Washington and twenty miles southwest of Spokane. The refuge encompasses 18,039 acres, of which approximately 2,300 acres are designated for public use. The setting consists of channeled scabland topography with abundant marshes, ponds and wetlands. The refuge ecosystems are quite varied from dry, sagebrush and grasslands to ponderosa pine forests. 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 and the many miles of hiking trails within the visitor use area. Because Turnbull is a true wildlife sanctuary, hunting and fishing are not permitted on the refuge and a total of 13,000 acres are dedicated to wildlife preservation.

Plan to visit the Refuge for:

Winterfest 2014 on December 6, 2014
The annual Winterfest will include a Chili Cook-off Contest, a presentation on Bears by WSU Bear Center, and two opportunities for a closed area tour of the Refuge lands for an Elk Observation tour at 9am and 1pm.

Chili Contest

You are invited to be a part of the 1st Annual Chili Contest. Bring us a slowcooker filled with your favorite chili to share on December 6 by 10:00 AM. List the major ingredients on a 3 x 5 card with your name, address, and phone number. Consider giving your chili a clever name. Those attending the festival will choose the best chili by placing money in a donation jar next to each entry. The donation jar with the most money wins. All donations go toward our environmental education programs, which FOT supports at the refuge.

Elk tour on closed section of the Refuge 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Reservations Required: call Joanne at 509-999-2090 or email her at jopowell39@aol.com

WSU’s Bear Center will be presenting a program all about bears! at 11:00 am

Chili Lunch and Judging at 12:00 - 1:00 pm



Turnbull Maps
Getting to Turnbull

Our Mission:
The Friends of Turnbull (FOT) is a nonprofit organization that supports the mandate of the refuge to protect and enhance wildlife and their habitats through education, research, habitat preservation and restoration.


All of the plant and wildlife photos on this site were
taken on site at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
and provided by Chuck Kerkering. All photo rights
reserved, ©2000-present by Charles Kerkering.