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National Wildlife Refuge

26010 South Smith Rd
Cheney, WA   99004 - 9326
E-mail: Dan_Matiatos@fws.gov
Phone Number: 509-235-4723
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental Education has been a continuing effort of the refuge since its establishment in 1937. Currently 3,500 to 9,500 students are reached through Turnbull's environmental education and outreach programs. Over 85 school groups (K-12) from Spokane County and surrounding areas have participated in the program. Trained facilitators provide spring field trips, conduct classroom and outdoor activities on the Refuge and provide outreach through fairs, expos, and in-class presentations. Spring field trips at the refuge are available from April 1 to June 14 to students in grades K-12. Night hikes are offered from summer through the late fall to allow participants to view the realm of nocturnal wildlife. Please phone for dates and times of night hikes.

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Currently, the refuge has one interpretive trail, the West Blackhorse Lake Boardwalk. Another interpretive trail is being designed at Kepple Peninsula.

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Wildlife Observation
In our 2,200-acre public use area, there are many opportunities to view wildlife.

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The refuge is open daily during daylight hours. The office is open open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, year around. The Public Use Area with auto tour is open daylight hours, seven days/week, year around. The Friends of Turnbull NWR Store and Environmental Education Classroom is open March 15 - September 28, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays only.

Entrance Fees
A daily entrance pass is required from March 1- October 31 at $3.00/car. Visitors can also purchase an annual Refuge Pass for $12.00 at the Refuge Office. Other passes acceptable for entrance include the Golden Eagle Pass, Golden Access Pass, Golden Age Pass, and the current Federal Duck Stamp. All passes are available at the refuge headquarters.
Private vehicle - $3.00
Pedestrian - $3.00
Bicyclist - $3.00
Commercial van or bus up to 20 passengers - $15.00
21 or more passengers - $25.00

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