Turnbull NWR Environmental Education Program

Soliciting Bids on Request for Proposal

We invite proposals from qualified contractors to develop an environmental education framework which will be used to connect local students with Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. This curriculum will be composed of a minimum of seven (7) lesson plans aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) across designated grade bands that consist of an inquiry-based field experience coupled with bookend pre- and post-visit lessons that frame the experience within the broader learning context.

Turnbull NWR - Request for Proposals for Environmental Education Development (508)

Document containing a Request for Proposal, Scope of Work, and lesson plan template.

Environmental Education Programs

Turnbull NWR has been connecting people with nature since the 1990s. With the support of  Friends of Turnbull, a non-profit organization established in 1997, refuge staff and volunteers have been able to increase environmental awareness throughout the Inland Northwest. Turnbull's Environmental Education (EE) program promotes the development of an educated and informed constituency, proactive in protecting and restoring natural ecosystems. This program has been developed to meet the refuge goal of providing quality environmental education, interpretation, research and wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities compatible with the refuge’s purposes and mission. 

The environmental education program is directed by a full-time Visitor Services Manager. The refuge works with AmeriCorps and Student Conservation Association interns as well as volunteers to assist with facilitation and curriculum development.

The Refuge provides facilitated field trips on the refuge and in-classroom outreach programs to local schools which are free. 

Please contact the refuge for scheduling all field trips and any other environmental education activities. For more information on the refuge’s environmental education program, please contact contact Ranger Josh at 509-559-3034, or via email at joshua_contois@fws.gov.

Note: There are currently no environmental education programs or field trips being offered at Turnbull NWR. The entire program is being redeveloped with the desired outcome of updating programs to be more inquiry-based, meet Next Generation Science Standards, and allow for a more user-facilitated experience. The anticipated resumption of programs and field trips is Fall 2025.

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Park ranger in a tan uniform and brown hat
Supervisory Park Ranger
National Wildlife Refuge System
Additional Role(s)
Visitor Services Manager,
Volunteer Coordinator,
Visual Information Specialist,
Social Media Manager,
Public Information Officer
Environmental Education,
Graphic Design,
Digital & Social Media

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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 23,000 acres in eastern Washington on the edge of the Columbia River Basin. The Channeled Scablands ecosystem that predominates the Refuge is unique within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Ponderosa pine, wetlands, meadow steppe and riparian...