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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge


Winter Outreach Programs


The refuge's winter outreach program, where our facilitators come to your school, runs from November through mid April. Twelve, age-leveled presentations are offered covering a diversity of topics.

When:  November - Mid April 


Scheduling: To schedule an outreach presentation, please call the refuge’s environmental education classroom at (509) 235-4700 and ask for our Environmental Education AmeriCorps intern. For more information on the refuge’s environmental education program, contact Sandy Rancourt, Visitor Services Manager at (509) 559-3034.

*Please Note: If possible, we prefer to present one type of outreach presentation (i.e., Owls) to 2-3 classes per visit. Our staffing is limited; your patience is appreciated through the scheduling process. We will call as soon as possible to confirm your registration. All efforts will be made to accommodate your needs, however, because of the shortage of facilitators classes could be subject to cancellation in the event of sickness, weather, or an emergency. Thank you!
**The Service can no longer afford to purchase crayfish and owl pellets for the Crayfish Dissection and Owl Outreach Programs.  Please go to the following potential sources to purchase these items for either of these requested programs. We also offer an alternative Owl Program that does not require owl pellets.
Owl Program:
Crayfish Dissection Program:

"What is Wild?" (Grades Pre-K-1)
"What is Wild?" creates an appreciation for wildlife. Students will be able to define the term wildlife; and explain the differences and similarities between domesticated and wild animals.

 Pre & Post Activities (Pre-K-1st Grades) 


 “Birds! What Makes Them Birds?” (Grades 1-5 )
Students will gain a greater appreciation and knowledge about birds. Students will discover the characteristics shared by birds, and how birds can differ from one another because of their different lifestyles. Students will have the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own unique bird.
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"Animal Tracks" (Grades 1-6)
 Students will learn to identify and interpret wildlife tracks and other animal signs to discover what they can tell us. Children will have the opportunity to make their own animal tracks out of Plaster of Paris.
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"Create-A-Creature" (Grades 1-6)
"Create-A-Creature" develops an understanding of species development and survival. Students will be able to define and explain the importance of animal adaptations through learning about native wildlife adaptations, and then create their own critter with special features for survival. 
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"Now You See It!" (Grades 1-4)
Students will explore different animal defenses and engage in a lively enactment of hunter versus hunted.
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"Endangered Species" (Grades 4-10)
"Endangered Species" establishes a better understanding of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and promotes citizen involvement in its implementation. Students will be able to define endangered and threatened species; identify several natural and human factors that increase a species' chance of becoming endangered; and use critical thinking to weigh these factors.
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“Crayfish Dissection” (Grades 6-12 )
Students are introduced to crayfish and their importance. Students will learn about the external and internal anatomy of crayfish through a hands-on dissection. 
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“Wetland Ecology” (Grades 1-9)
Wetland habitats are discussed, with an emphasis on Turnbull and Eastern Washington’s wetlands. Students develop a better understanding of what makes up a wetland, the importance of each of these factors, and ways to help their local wetlands.  Supplemental activities may include a macroinvertebrate study with live specimens, if available.  
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“What Makes a Mammal a Mammal” (Grades 1-3 )
Students will gain a greater appreciation and knowledge about mammals. Students will discover the characteristics shared by mammals, and how mammals can differ from one another because of their different lifestyles. Students will have the opportunity to create their own mammal and non-mammal mobile.
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"Owls" (Grades 2-7)
Students will discover an owl's amazing adaptations to a nocturnal hunter's existence; learn about several species of owls found in Eastern Washington, and take a closer look at an owl’s role in the food chain. 
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"Habitat? What's That?" (Grades 1-5) 
"Habitat? What's That?" illustrates the need for wildlife habitat. Students will be able to identify and explain the components of habitat, and explain ways that these components work together to allow wildlife survival. 
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“Bats” (Grade Pre-K-1)
Students will learn about bats through interactive activities.
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