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Friends of Turnbull 2014 Activities CalendarFriends of Turnbull Logo

Think Turnbull - make the first Saturday an outdoor family day!! Take your kids outside for fun and adventure!


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 Bookstore is open.

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm go into the Book Store in the Refuge Administration Building to check them out, and return to the store when finished.

Dragonfly Day

August 2 – Dragonflies on the Refuge with Dennis Paulson, in cooperation with Inland Northwest Land Trust. Dennis Paulson is the foremost expert on dragonflies and he has written Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West. Turnbull Refuge is a great location for seeking dragonflies and for a nature outing.

11:00 - 12:00 Mr Paulson will do a lecture in the classroom.

12:00 Lunch break (bring your own) and wander the Refuge

1:00 - 4:00 pm Walk the Refuge to observe, identify, and photograph dragonflies and damselflies on the refuge.

A few spots remain for this event. Cost is $10. Contact bnicholson@inlandnwtrust.org or call Inland Northwest Land Trust office at 509-328-2939 and ask for Carole to register.


FOT General meeting

August 19 - Friends of Turnbull Annual Meeting 6pm

Catered meal by Hungry Hound will be a thankyou for all Friends of Turnbull members who have helped with the activities, fundraising and volunteered for the Refuge, followed by the Annual Business Meeting, and a guest speaker.

RSVP required by August 11- call or text 509-993-6505 or email friendsofturnbull@gmail.com


August October – Take a Sunday Drive in the Inland Northwest beginning or ending at Turnbull NWR
South: Battlefield State Park, Rosalia; Steptoe Butte; Williams Lake and Turnbull NWR; about 160 miles round trip.
West:  to come!



Look for Beginning Bird Watching classes again next spring.


Beginning Bird Watching Classes for ages 8 - 80 will meet on Saturday mornings of the spring and summer months from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Gather at the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Classroom Building.

The class will include:
1) instruction and practice using binoculars,
2) using a field guide,
3) birds to look for at Turnbull NWR,
4) where to start looking for birds by walking around Pine Lake trail.

Spokane Audubon Logo Friends of Turnbull and Spokane Audubon Society in collaboration bring you classes for Beginning Bird Watching

Download the flyer for Beginning Bird Watching Classes

Download the Registration form for classes

Cost: $5.00 per person or $10 per family


Directions: Take WA Route 904 south through Cheney, turn onto Cheney Plaza Rd, go to Smith Rd, at the sign for Turnbull NWR, after the entrance fee station, drive another 2+ miles to the Refuge Headquarters and the start of the Auto Tour Road. Print out this map to take along: Refuge map



region map with TNWRActivities Calendar
A donation of $5 is suggested for those attending organized activities. Some charges are made for activities where materials are consumed. Donations and memberships can be sent to the Friends of Turnbull, P.O. Box 294, Cheney, WA 99004-0294 or can be made at the Environmental Center at Refuge headquarters on spring and summer weekends when the FOT store is open. If you have special needs for any activities held at Turnbull NWR, please contact Turnbull NWR at (509) 235-4723. Upcoming FOT events and activities are listed on Activities page.

Entrance to the Refuge is $3.00 per car or Refuge Annual Pass, Annual Federal Duck Stamp, and Interagency Access, Senior, and Volunteer Passes.

Please see our most recent newsletter for more information about FOT activities.