Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
26010 S. Smith Rd, Cheney, WA
Meet at the public restrooms at 10:00 am. Please be ready to begin your adventure at 10:00 am. On the Refuge Map, it is the first bathrooms you come to on the left when you enter on Smith Road. Allow extra time to drive to our meeting location. Most people under estimate how long it takes to get to the Turnbull property (which 18,000 acres), the park entrance, and the meeting place. Please don't be late!
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 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.
Lunch: You will eat your sack lunch under the cover of the trees at a site equipped with sitting stumps. Our whole group will eat together (the upper and lower grades plus all the adults). 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 students in grades K-6, however older students are welcome. Please do not bring younger kids. The students will be divided into grades K-3 and 4-6. Please register your adult(s) with the lower or upper grade students that you will spend the majority of your time with.
Cost: Free for kids in grades K-12 and adults - if you show up. There is a $5 registration fee per person that will be fully refunded after the trip, as long as you show up.
Payment is required in advance via Paypal, credit card, debit card, check, or cash. There is no "Pay at the Refuge." Your reservation is confirmed when payment is received.
Cancellation Policy: You can have a full refund if you contact Exploring Families 3 days before the event. There is no refund if you cancel after that.
Parking: Parking is free so drive past the front gate and pay box. Drive straight until the public restrooms on the left. Park in the small parking lot.
Note: Accommodations can be made for wheelchairs.
About ticks, which are common at Turnbull: Tick bite prevention. From the Spokane Regional Health District about ticks in our area.
Tour limit: 60 people
Additional helpful info:
This highly recommended field trip booklet contains The Golden Rules at Turnbull plus the Activity Sheets your kids will need for the Nature Hunt, Aquatic Activities and Indoor Activities. This booklet is designed 4th, 5th & 6th graders but all kids can use it.
Student Assessments. Evaluations are very important to the continuation of our program. *Please note - Due to new Washington Service Corps requirements, we ask that you have your students take a short pre and post knowledge assessment. Fulfilling this new requirement is essential to maintaining our AmeriCorps internship position.
Assessments - Please have your kids complete the pre knowledge assessment prior to your visit. The post knowledge assessment with the same questions is on the back of the pre knowledge assessment sheet. Please bring the assessments with you on your visit as the students will need to complete the post knowledge assessment before they depart.