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People’s Park: Spring Planting and Pruning (April 28)

Photo of People's Park courtesy of Spokane Historical.

This Arbor Day (April 28) a volunteer crew will be working on designated trails and plantings in People’s Park, located just west of downtown Spokane. According to Lunell Haught, president of the Inland NW Trails Coalition, this project is a ...

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11 Ideas for Family Fun in the Great Outdoors

Photo of West Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

1) Hike or Bike in Palisades Park: This 700-acre nature park west of Spokane has awesome views of the city and several trails for hiking or biking. Kids will especially enjoy Indian Canyon’s Mystic Falls. A park map is available ...

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Folsom Farm to Hog Canyon Loop

Photo of Hog Lake Falls by Holly Weiler.

Easy access to both the mountains and the deserts ranks high among the many benefits of living in the Inland Northwest, and April is a month for deserts. While it could still snow at any moment in the higher elevations, ...

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To Hell and Back: Traversing Hells Canyon

Nobody knows where Hells Canyon first got its name. Some say its origins date back to the area’s first European explorers, who found the canyon to be impassible after one of their men drowned and several canoes were lost in ...

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Support Your Local Refuge—Get Involved with the Friends of Turnbull

Friends of Turnbull supports the education mission of the wildlife refuge by engaging volunteers to help with educational and conservation programs, including environmental education outreach to school groups on and off the refuge. The refuge’s environmental education program increases environmental ...

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Sherman Point Loop (Sherman Creek Wildlife Area)

The first time I visited the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area, I was delighted by what I found in a location I have never seen described in local guidebooks. Sherman Creek is roaring in the springtime, and with its low elevation, ...

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Mount Rainier Moves to Online Permit Reservations

Mount Rainier National Park has announced a new permit process for 2017. Users will now be able to request wilderness camping and climbing permits online. In an effort to preserve the quality of hiker experiences as well as fragile ecosystems ...

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Pend Oreille County Celebrates Return of Tundra Swans at Annual Festival (March 4)

The Winter Solstice has past, and Old Sol returns. The bitter cold temperatures of January and February have been endured. Thankfully, colorful seed catalogues once again choke the post office boxes. And the tundra swans are coming!  The Pend Oreille County Tundra Swan Festival ...

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Geocaching 101 — Free Clinics February 18-19

What is geocaching? Check out this short video here to learn more, and then sign up for one of three “Geocaching 101” clinics at the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo February 18-19. The clinics, which are free with your ...

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Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

Award-winning photographer Paul Bannick will be in Spokane Sunday, February 19, to present a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and several dozen images from his new book, “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American ...

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