Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
26010 S. Smith Rd, Cheney, WA
Meet at the refuge headquarters / classroom / education center at 10:00 am. Please be ready to begin your adventure at 10:00 am.
Your adventure at Turnbull will have 4 sections to it: nature hike, aquatic lab activities at a pond, sack lunch, and indoor activities at the museum/education center. Turnbull NWR is located on the eastern edge of the Columbia River Basin, known as the Channeled Scablands. This rugged terrain supports an unusual pattern of wetlands, rock, ponderosa pine and aspen forests, grassland, and shrub-steppe habitat. This mosaic provides important habitat for migrating and breeding waterfowl and other water birds. The upland habitat, primarily ponderosa pine/grassland mixed with exposed basalt cliffs and areas of meadow and shrub-steppe, supports a large variety of wildlife. More than 200 different kinds of birds have been recorded in this area. Mammals include elk, mule and white-tailed deer, coyote, badger, porcupine, muskrat, beaver, and 10 species of bats. Turnbull's environmental education program promotes the development of an educated and informed constituency, pro-active in protecting and restoring natural ecosystems. Visitors can view mounted birds and mammals and other natural history exhibits in the museum/education center. This field trip is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the ecology and natural history of eastern Washington and to experience wildlife in a way that only the National Wildlife Refuge System can offer. Watch a 6 minute video about Turnbull.
The Nature Hike is a short walk with the kids through the four habitats found on Turnbull NWR (wetland, grassland, forest, and riparian) . Facilitators make every effort possible to provide students with binoculars. Kids will get to identify plant and animal species in the four habitats and observe animal signs and life.
The aquatic lab is performed at a pond. Kids will collect and identify aquatic invertebrates from two separate sample areas, the water column and the muddy bottom. Turnbull provides nets to collect aquatic invertebrates and microscopes and magnifying boxes to make scientific sketches and closer observations.
You will eat lunch under the cover of the trees at a site equipped with sitting stumps. Please remember the Pack It In, Pack It Out policy.
Museum/Education Center Activities
Kids are able to observe and explore animal mounts, a touch table, an aquarium, bones, feathers, tree cross sections, and an ant farm within the class. Kids will understand what a wildlife refuge is as they visit different stations to answer questions about animal and plant adaptations.
Ages: The content of this adventure is designed for kids ages 5-12, however all kids are welcome. Accommodations can be made for wheelchairs and strollers.
Parking: Parking is free so drive past the front gate and pay box. Drive straight until the road ends. Park in the small parking lot.
Note: The public restroom has been demolished. Unfortunately, a new public restroom won’t be constructed until the end of June. We will have several port-a-potties in addition to our vault toilet at refuge headquarters where we will meet you.
About ticks, which are common at Turnbull: Tick bite prevention. From the Spokane Regional Health District about ticks in our area.
Tour limit: 30 kids
YOU MUST be prepared by printing each of these documents below before you head out the door for your Turnbull adventure.