A ranger in a FWS uniform smiles at visitors from behind a table


Refuge System interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. From self-guided walks to refuge- and volunteer-led programs, many national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes. In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs to audiences, refuges use a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors. Printed and virtual information is often available on many topics, including plants and animals, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.

Interpretive programs occasionally occur off-refuge too, with refuge staff participating in local events including career fairs, STEM nights, and festivals. Staff at Turnbull sometimes participate in events such as Cheney Mayfest, Spokane Great Outdoors Expo, Big Horn Show, and Spokatopia.

For a full list of upcoming programs, please see the Events page or the Refuge Facebook page.

For more information about ranger-led programs, please contact Ranger Josh, Visitor Services Manager, at joshua_contois@fws.gov.