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Upcoming Events 
August 16 - Annual Meeting of Friends of Turnbull; 6:00 pm; catered barbeque; Members register
July 14; - FOTNWR Board Meeting; Wren Pierson Center; 5:15 pm
Sep 30-Oct 1 - FOTNWR Board Strategic Planning Workshop; Refuge
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Summer Wildlife Viewing; Want to get outside? The Pine Lake trail is a trail that is appropriate for young and older family members to walk around. Download the Kids Scavenger Hunt file below.


Friends of Turnbull NWR Annual Membership Meeting, August 16 at 6:00 - 8:30 pm in Classroom.

Dinner catered by Hungry Hound with business meeting and program to follow. Join with other Friends of Turnbull NWR members to hear about current projects and the upcoming Strategic Planning Workshops and how you can take part.

Members are invited to participate in dinner, guests can make donations. RSVP required through Eventbrite registration.

Eventbrite - Friends of Turnbull Annual Meeting Dinner



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. Download the Kids Scavenger Hunt here. TNWR Kids Scavenger Hunt



Beginning Bird Watching Class will return next Spring 2017

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, and habitat 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: Register for

Cost: The class is free, however, there is a $3.00 per car entrance fee to the Refuge, payable at the gate. If you have a Refuge Annual Pass or one of the Interagency Federal passes (Seniors, Disabled, Volunteers) entrance is free.

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


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.

The National Wildlife Refuges have "free admission days" for 2016:

February 13-15 – Presidents’ Day Weekend
September 24 – National Public Lands Day
October 9 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week
November 11-13 – Veterans Day weekend

Head outdoors and enjoy one of the country’s most magical places!