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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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A mosaic of habitats supports a diversity of wildlife at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
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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 6,000 to 9,000 students are reached through Turnbull's environmental education and outreach programs. Annually, over 90 school and civic groups from Spokane County and surrounding areas have participated in the program. Refuge staff and trained facilitators provide spring and fall field trips, conduct classroom activities off Refuge during the winter, and provide outreach through fairs, expos and other events throughout the year. Facilitated field trips for students K-12 are available from April 1 to mid-June and from late September through early November. The winter outreach programs are available from November 1 to April 15. Night hikes are also offered from summer through the late fall to allow participants to view the realm of nocturnal wildlife. Please contact the Refuge for scheduling all field trips and any other environmental education activities.

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The refuge has three interpretive trails, the West Blackhorse Lake Boardwalk, the Kepple Peninsula Interpretive Trail and the Pine Lake Loop Trail. Self-guided activities are available in the new visitor center at refuge headquarters.

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Wildlife Observation
In our 3,190 acre link here, 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 located in the new Complex Headquarters is open April 1 - October 31, 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 $15.00 at the Refuge Office. Other passes acceptable for entrance include the current Federal duck Stamp ($15), Interagency Annual Pass ($80), Interagency Senior Pass ($10), and the Interagency Access Pass (No Charge). 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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