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September 26- "Ride the Bull Bike Ride; 9:30 am - noon
October 3-Fall Tree Planting at Refuge; 8 am - noon
October 8/Nov 12- Friends of Turnbull Board Meeting, Wren Pierson, Cheney; 5 pm

December 5-Winter Fest TBA

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September 2015

September 26, 9:30 am - noon = "Ride the Bull" Bike ride led by Jason Werner. Meet in the parking lot by the Administration Building at 9:30 am. Each participant will need their own bicycle, helmut, and water container and be capable of riding a rough, gravel road for 6 miles. Sign up at Eventbrite.

October 2015

October 3, 9:00 - noon = Refuge Fall Planting Day; potluck lunch following. RSVP to Refuge Staff

December 2015

December 5, 10 - 1:00 pm Winter Fest, Activities TBA


Sign up to "Ride the Bull!"

Fall Bike Tour led by Jason Werner called “Ride the Bull” - through ponderosa pines, past lakes and grasslands.  Plan now to ride the auto tour route on Saturday, September 26. You will be riding theauto tour route with stops at observation sites. Meet in the parking lot near the Administration Building at 9:30 am. This ride is available to adults and families with children with the following stipulations:

1. Each participant must bring their own properly maintained bicycle, a helmet and a water container.
2. Each participant must be very capable of riding 6 miles on an uneven, semi-rough, gravel road.
3. Each participant will need to wear a high visibility safety vest.
4. Children are encourage to participate, but training wheels and tricycles are not allowed.

Registration is free, 15 spaces available - Get your tickets at Eventbrite now– Eventbrite - "Ride the Bull" Bike Ride at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge Fall Planting Day, October 3; 9:00 am - noon followed by a potluck lunch, with hamburgers provided by Friends of Turnbull. Participants are encouraged to contribute a side dish to share. For more information see FOT Summer 15 Newsletter, pg 3.

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.

Beginning Bird Watching Class will return March 2016

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

Download a flyer for the classes. Choose one day:

Cost: The class is free, however, there is a $3.00 per car entrance fee to the Refuge, payable at the gate.

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


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.