FOT News


Friends of Turnbull 2015 Activities

March 2015
March 7, 9 - 11 am = Beginning Bird Watching Class #1
(for registration at eventbrite.com click above link)
March 14, 2015, 5:30 pm = Wild Refuge Auction, Wren Pierson Community Center, Cheney; $35 dinner

April 2015
April 4, 9-11 am = Beginning Bird Watching Class #2

(for registration at eventbrite.com, click on the above link)

May 2015
May 2, 9 - 1pm = Community Planting Day, Refuge
May 9, 9-11 am = Beginning Bird Watching Class #3
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

Friends of Turnbull and Spokane Audubon Society in collaboration bring you classes for Beginning Bird Watching 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
Register: Send email with name, identifying info, number of people in party and date you prefer. Download and mail in Registration Form. For more information: 509-448-2291.

Cost: Classes are free with the $3.00 per car/family, Entrance Fee to the Refuge.

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

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

A presentation in pictures and music about TR'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 the event flyer.


Spring Planting Day to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and National Wildlife Refuge Week on May 2, 2015, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. You are invited to help plant hundreds of native saplings and erect protective fencing, creating "exclosures," along Pine Creek. The work day will finish with a potluck lunch. Please bring along a salad, dessert or dish to go with Hamburgers from the Friends of Turnbull. Groups, please register in advance by calling the Refuge (509) 235-4723 ext. 228.

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 Nature Store in the Refuge Administration Building to check them out, and return to the store when finished.

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
Friends of Turnbull is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the mandate of the Refuge through education, research and habitat restoration. 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 Nature Store 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.

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.