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Nisbet to lead nature hike through Waikiki Springs

Spokane author and naturalist Jack Nisbet will lead a hike through the Waikiki Springs property at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Lightning in the lens: tips and tricks for photographing thunderbolts

The summer storm that struck the Spokane area Tuesday evening did more than just start fires and spark power outages. It also provided area photographers with a brilliant, powerful and …


People who spend more time outdoors lead more fulfilling lives, new research shows

It’s been established that people who spend more time in parks and other natural settings tend to report higher levels of health and happiness, but new research shows there’s actually …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

Eli Francovich: Seeing the west through the eyes of a Dutchman

In late May, Dutchman Freek Borlee visited me for three weeks. During that time I saw the landscape through his eyes and found myself falling back in love with the …


Eli Francovich: Human-powered backcountry travel disturbs wildlife more than we like to think

The woods were quiet except for the hiss of my skis slicing through snow. The sun, clouded and glum back in Spokane, shone bright on the winter backcountry tableau south …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

The winner of a Washington photo contest likely tromped through delicate Mount St. Helens’ flowers to get “the shot”

Fields of Indian paintbrush fill the foreground. Mount St. Helens, pockets of snow still visible in the soft glow of a summer sunset, anchors the entire scene. Clouds stretch into …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 9 p.m.

2018: The year outdoors

2018: The year outdoors


2018: Top outdoor stories

The most read outdoor stories of 2018 presented chronologically.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

2018: Outdoor transitions

2018: Outdoor transitions


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

2018: Outdoor achievements

Feats of outdoor bravery, skill and persistence were achieved in 2018.


Reader photo: Snow ghost

Donald Sewell came across this ice-covered tree on Mount Spokane, Jan. 30. Called a snow ghost, this tree is covered in ice called rime. The ghostly shapes are formed when …


2017: The year outdoors

A lot of ground was covered in the Great Outdoors in 2017, but no one accomplished a more skillful feat than rock-jock Alex Honnold.


Bill Jennings: Snowflakes are winter’s wonderful works of art

A recent snowfall evoked recall of a past experience that aroused my curiosity. So I looked into it.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

TV host Hazen Audel will present ‘Survive the Wild’ at Fox Theater

Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.


Local land trust celebrates 26 years, new director at banquet

The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is celebrating its 26th year of preserving the region’s water quality and the open-space values of working farms and forests with a fundraising banquet on …


Wordsmithing: Outdoor poetry series continues

Wordsmithing By Nature


Wordsmithing by Nature: Poets go deep into the outdoors

For thousands of years, poets have written about the outdoors. Sometimes, they praise scenery and wildness; sometimes, they compare humanity to nature. Poets from Hesiod and Homer to Basho and …


Ammi Midstokke: Beauty of nature indisputable – sometimes

When I moved back into the woods, I had this impression that I would be traipsing around the wilderness in a flowing dress singing old Disney tunes while birds and …


Outpeople: Citizen science class lures retired man out and about

Traveling into the woods and wilds with folks you have never met can be a gamble, so it’s always nice to stumble on to a guy like Stephen Ford.


Field Reports: Evening outdoor programs at Riverside State Park

The summertime Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park continue this week with a


In brief: Scientists’ presentation probes wildfires at the Bing

An hour-long, multi-media, traveling presentation that confronts the trend of huge wildfires, will be in Spokane on Thursday sponsored by The Lands Council and Vaagen Bros. timber company.


Ice Age Floods geology tour to visit Porcupine Bay landslide

The recent landslide at Porcupine Bay above the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt has added a new “geology at work” opportunity to an


Big Horn Show brings outdoors inside Expo Center

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Field reports: Pros support Angler Code of Ethics

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Field reports: Priest Lake drawdown opens river to paddling

Priest Lake’s slow drawdown to winter level began Saturday evening. Flows were increased from Outlet Dam to lower the lake 3 feet from its full pool at elevation 2,437.6 feet.


Alan Liere: The Nature of Treasure

When my grandchildren were younger, I took them on walks in the woods surrounding my home. This was not because I was a particularly energetic grandparent, but because if they …


Dog finds religion in standoff with praying mantis

A praying mantis is a tough dude among bugs. It’s born to fight, not to flee even a bone-crunching dog.


Owyhee River author passionate for protection

The rugged, wild Owyhee River canyonlands of southern Oregon are remote and easy to put out of mind.


Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

Long gone from these parts, black-footed ferrets still appear on Meeteetse’s town logo, in a bronze sculpture downtown and even on coffee mugs from a downtown restaurant, remembered for when …


Butterfly walk reveals nature’s artistry

Butterflies are more than just another pretty bug.