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May 7-Beginning Bird Watching Class; 9:00 am - 11:30am; Register on Activity Page
May 14- MayFest in Cheney with FFF activities on the Refuge 8-3pm.
May 28- Bird walk to see "Spring and Mating Colors" with Marian Frobe, 8:00 am; Register on the Activity page.
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Spring Wildlife Viewing; Want to get outside? The Pine Lake trail is an open,and an easy (all weather) walk around. Download the Kids Scavenger Hunt file below.

April 9, and May 7 Beginning Bird Watching Classes; TNWR Pond Study Gazebo near the classroom building; 9:00 am - 11:30 am

May 14 MayFest and Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; Information booths and activities in Cheney; and Activities and tours on the Refuge. For registration for tours and workshops at the Refuge go to the FFF Activities page.

May 28 Spring Mating Colors Bird walk with Marian Frobe; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon).

Beginning Bird Watching Class May 7, 2016

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 April 9;

Register for May 7: Eventbrite - Beginning Bird Watching Class - May 7

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.

Spring and Mating Colors Bird Walk with Marian Frobe, May 28, from 9:00 am - noon.

Register for the walk here Eventbrite - Spring and Mating Colors Bird Walk at Turnbull NWR

There is no charge for the event, however, there is a $3.00 per car entrance fee for the Refuge, payable at the paystation kiosk at the entrance.

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


FFFLogoFloods, Flowers and Feathers Festival - May 14, 2016

Take a walk on the wild side and discover birds, insects and other wildlife. Explore the underwater world of refuge wetlands. Journey back through time to grasp the power of the Ice Age Floods. Get a close-up look at a raptor or a songbird. BEE dazzled by our pollinators and learn about all the great work by the Refuge and our partners to conserve our natural environment. This year, Turnbull NW Refuge (US F&W) Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival partners are collaborating with the Cheney MayFesters to combine efforts with the MayFest celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Most information and activity booths will now be located in downtown Cheney. Several activities requiring natural habitats and open space will still be hosted on the refuge.

See the FFF Registration page for links to eventbrite to register for the special activities on the Refuge.

Floods, Flowers and Feathers Complete Schedule

Activity Descriptions


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!