Come Play Outside with INLC!

June 16, 2023

We love to play outside! It’s why we work so hard to protect outdoor spaces. Join Inland Northwest Land Conservancy for an event this summer. You’ll learn more about our local environment and find new ways to engage with the natural world. Check out our line-up over the next few weeks!

Sunday, June 25: Palisades Hike with Wildlife Expert Gina Claeys

Volunteer Hike Docent, Gina Claeys, will lead a hike at Palisades Park on June 25th at 9 am. Gina is originally from Michigan and moved to the Spokane area in 2015. She owns a wildlife education guiding company, works for the City of Spokane as a park technician, and is involved with the Spokane Mountaineers.

This hike will be about 3 miles long and take approximately 2 hours. This is an easy hike perfect for a variety of abilities. The trail may be muddy so come prepared with proper footwear!

Photo credit: Angela Marie

Wednesday, June 21 & 28: Waikiki Wednesdays

INLC will be hosting Waikiki Wednesdays at our Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve, every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We will be performing various stewardship tasks like invasive species removal, trail maintenance, planting, and everything else in between! Information for each week’s event will be emailed to everyone who registered the Monday before. We will have snacks and coffee before the event starts from 8:40 – 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 9: Slavin Conservation Area Hike with Volunteer Hike Leader Andi Chatburn

Volunteer hike docent, Andi Chatburn (pictured above), will lead a hike at the Slavin Conservation Area on Sunday, July 9th starting at 9 a.m. Andi has lived in Spokane with her partner John since 2010 and enjoys engaging trails in all seasons. This is an easy hike with a minimal elevation gain, suitable for anyone who enjoys sauntering and mindful walking. This hike 3.2-mile hike will take approximately 2.5-3 hours. Consider bringing binoculars if you want to see potential wildlife from a distance.

Friday, July 14: Bug Walk with KREM 2 Meteorologist Michelle Bos

Come on a bug walk with Michelle Bos around the Saltese Wetlands on July 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and explore the beauty and diversity of our many 6 & 6+-legged friends. Michelle is currently a meteorologist at KREM2 News, but also a long-time insect/spider enthusiast who finally decided to pursue a graduate degree in entomology. She’s just finished up her first semester and is excited to share tons of bug facts with you. The more you know, the less you fear!

Thursday, July 27: Legacy Planning with Heart

Join us on Thursday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Liberty Park Library in Spokane. Representatives skilled in financial planning, end-of-life pre-planning, and philanthropy advising will be on hand to answer questions as you visit their booths throughout the evening. There will also be a facilitated panel discussion of experts who are passionate about conservation and leaving a positive impact on our shared home. This will be a chance to meditate about your own values and how you hope those values will outlast you, translating into a bright future right here in the Inland Northwest.

Thursday, July 27: Waikiki Springs Hike with Volunteer Patti Ziegler

Volunteer hike docent, Patti Ziegler (Read more about Patti in this blog post!) is leading a hike at Waikiki Springs on Thursday, July 27 starting at 7 a.m. Start your morning off right with this 4-mile-long hike taking approximately 2.5 hours to complete. We recommend you bring binoculars for potential bald eagle sightings, a hat, water, and snacks. Hiking Poles are also good for hills!

Sunday, July 30: Palisades Park Hike with Volunteer Mark Merhab

This Palisades Park hike on Sunday, July 30 at 9 a.m., is 3.5 miles and will take around 2 hours to complete. With temperatures only getting hotter remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen! Volunteer Hike Docent, Mark Merhab has hiked, mountaineered, skied, snowshoed, and boated all around this region for over 40 years. He is volunteering for the Conservancy, to give back in a positive effort, to the natural wonders of our environment around Spokane!