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Upcoming Events 

Nov 10 Thursday -
FOT Board Mtg 5:00 - 6:15 pm; Wren Pierson Bldg.

Dec 3 Saturday - WinterFest and 3rd Annual Chili Contest; winter Elk tours
March 11, Sat -
2017 Auction, "Songs of the Refuge"
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Winter fest Day on the Refuge, December 3; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Van Tours at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm
For those not attending the Van tour #1 come for the Program in Classroom at 11:00 am
Chili Contest 12:00 pm


Winterfest celebration, December 3, at the Refuge

Program: The Birds of Winter

Enjoy a program by Spokane Audubon Society member, Carmen Yount about birds of winter, particularly how raptors handle winter. She will be bringing a kestral and owl to the presentation. There will also be information about how to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count - Classroom building at 11:00 am.

Two van tours to Closed Areas on the Refuge - one at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm - 18 seats available on each tour. You may choose one of the tours - either 9:00 am or 1:00 pm - through eventbrite here (click on the buttons for the desired time):

Winterfest Van tour #1 (9:00 - 11:00am)Eventbrite - Winterfest Tours to Restricted Areas of Turnbull NW Refuge #1
Winterfest Van Tour #2 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Eventbrite - Winterfest Tours to Restricted Areas of Turnbull NW Refuge #2 

The Friends of Turnbull tradition is to have a Chili Contest, 3rd annual, at the Winterfest celebration. You are invited to enter this contest by bringing a slo-cooker pot of your favority Chili. Give it a catchy name, bring along a recipe card and enter -- you may win bragging rites and 2 tickets to the Wild Refuge Auction Dinner (March 11, 2017). Please bring your chili pot in before the Bird program starts (10:30 - 11:00 am) , so that it is ready to simmer in the back of the room while people enjoy the bird program.

Winterfest includes lunch from noon, 12:00 - 1:00pm. If you are not entering the Chili Contest, please bring along a potluck dish to accompany the chili, i.e. a salad or dessert. So enter the Chili Contest or just come to taste, and vote on the best chili at 12:00 pm.



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!