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June 6- Beginning Bird Watching Class #4
June 20- Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State with Scott Woodward- 11:00 am
July 22- Bio-illustration Workshop with Dr. Heather McKean 9am - 2pm
August 11- Friends of Turnbull General Membership Meeting; 6 pm
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May 2015
May 2, 9 - 1pm = Community Planting Day, Refuge
May 9, 9-11 am = Beginning Bird Watching Class #3
May 16, 9-11 am = "Who's been here?" tracking evidence, Classroom, Adkins
May 23, 8 - 12 = "They're all back" Bird walk to see spring mating colors with Marian Frobe, call 328-0621 to register.

May 30, 9 - 3pm = Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival

June 2015
June 6, 9-11 am = Beginning Bird Watching Class #4
June 20, 11 - 1pm = "Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State" by Scott Woodward. Presented in cooperation with Humanities Washington

July 2015

July 22
, 9 am- 2 pm= Bio-illustration workshop with Heather McKean, EWU Biology Professor. Come try a variety of methods to capture what you see: scratchboard, pen and ink and carbon techniques. $10 materials fee; bring lunch.

August 2015

August 11, 6:00 pm = Friends of Turnbull Annual General Membership Meeting. Join us for dinner catered by Hungry Hound, and a program at the EWU Research Lab at TNWR.

Next Beginning Bird Watching Class is
May 9 (filled), and June 6 (waitlist)

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: March 7, or April 4, or May 9, or June 6

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.

Dates: May 9 (filled)Eventbrite - Beginning Bird Watching Classes for ages 8 - 80 or June 6 (2 spaces) Eventbrite - Beginning Bird Watching Classes for ages 8 - 80

Who has been here? Finding evidence of animals hike for kids and families

This hike will teach us how to find evidence of animals. Join in a hike to identify signs that animals have been here for kids and families, led by Turnbull AmeriCorps volunteer, Collin Adkins.

May 16, 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Meet at the Classroom building

Eventbrite - Who’s been here? Finding evidence of animals hike

"They're all back" Join Marian Frobe on a walk to see birds in their spring mating colors on May 23

The group will begin near the Classroom building at 8:00 am on May 23rd. To join Marian, please call or email her. 328-0621. Bring along a sack lunch or snack, there are lots of birds to see! Register on Eventbrite Eventbrite - "They're all back!" A bird walk to see spring mating colors at Turnbull NWR

Friends of Turnbull and Humanities Washington present: Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State by Scott Woodward - June 20

A presentation in pictures and music about Theodore Roosevelt's 1903 trip to WA that identified the magnificent and wonderful sites we know today in our state as National Parks, Refuges and Monuments! Learn more of his legacy on Saturday, June 20, at 11:00 am. You may want to join the speaker and friends in a BYOBasket picnic lunch afterward.

For more information, download event press release or download the event poster

Eventbrite - Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State  

Bio-illustration workshop with Heather McKean, Biology Prof. EWU – July 22

This workshop is a sampler, and will include some carbon techniques, pen and ink as well as scratch board.  This is an opportunity to explore several techniques of observing and illustrating what you see. Science teachers, artists, and biologists especially encouraged to attend. Interested children,10 or older, accompanied by adult are welcome. $10 fee for materials for each participant - payable to workshop leader. Meet in the Classroom at the Refuge.
Hours: 9am - 2pm Eventbrite - Bio-illustration Workshop at Turnbull NWR or contact

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.

Friends of Turnbull General Membership Annual Meeting, August 11 at 6:00 pm.

The annual general meeting of the Friends of Turnbull will be held on Tuesday, August 11, at the EWU Research Laboratory on the Refuge. Join us for supper catered by Hungry Hound of Cheney, and a program presented by the EWU Laboratory faculty and students. Free to members; Reservations required.


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.