FOT News

Friends of Turnbull Logo Plan now to include Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge visits this year, 2014.

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.

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

Choose one class session (12 spaces each month):
April 5(filled); May 3(filled); June 7; or July 12

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.

Cost: $5.00 per person or $10 per family

Register required: call D. Burt; 509-448-0659; Call for information about where to main your Registration Form and payment.

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

girl with binocsDownload the flyer for Beginning Bird Watching Classes

Download the Registration form for classes


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

Friends of Turnbull 2014 Activities Calendar

April 26 Earth Day in Riverfront Park, Spokane -
May 10 - Tree Planting Day at Refuge – Volunteer to plant trees in the riparian zones; 9:00 am
May 17 – “Nature Exploring and Wildlife Photography” - Meet at 10 am at the parking area near the bookstore.  Bring your camera and some lunch. Event should last from 10 to 1. Rich Leon is a nature photographer, and the author of "Nature Exploring in Eastern Washington and North Idaho." For more information contact him at richleonphotos@aol.com.
May 24 – Marian Frobe – Bird Walk to see birds in their spring mating colors around the ponds, 8:00 am  - 12:00 pm; call Marian Frobe at 328-0621 to register for the walk and get directions. Bring water, binoculars and lunch in case you want to extend your stay. There is a suggested $5.00 donation

May 31 – Floods, Flowers, Feathers Festival - A free Spring nature festival with activities for families and individuals of all ages. 9am – 4pm
June 14– Family Scavenger Hunt event and unveiling of new Family Activity Backpacks for use during your visit
August 2 – Dragonflies on the Refuge with Dennis Paulsen, 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.
August– Take a Sunday Drive in the Inland Northwest beginning or ending at Turnbull NWR



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.