The Urban Outdoors

Photo of paddleboarders navigating rapids on the Spokane River.

Backyard Paddleboard Adventure on the Spokane River

What does it take to make a four-day descent of the Spokane River on a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP)? An adventurous spirit, a lifejacket and helmet, …

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Photo of a varied thrush by Tina Wynecoop.

Backyard Birding: Create Your Own Oasis for Native Birds

One year I participated in the Christmas Bird Count with members of the Spokane Audubon Society. As we prowled our beat, my teammates headed for …

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Photo by Derrick Knowles.

Harold Balazs and The Art of Nature

Harold Balazs has worked in Spokane for 70 years, creating whimsical, intriguing, and often confounding works of art. They range from large-scale public displays to …

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Photo of outdoors yoga class in the park by Derrick Knowles.

Down Dog Downtown

At the end of a long day, there are plenty of reasonable excuses for skipping a workout: fatigue, evening plans, a growling stomach or simple …

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Photo of bikers by Shallan Knowles.

Summertime Rolls: Have Way Too Much Fun Riding to a Community Festival

Why do children always seem to be smiling on their bikes? Maybe it’s because they haven’t forgotten how much fun it is, and they know …

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Photo of river otters by Kyle Merritt.

Critters in the City: Downtown Spokane’s Urban Wildlife Hikes

Eating sushi or sipping craft cocktails at a city café isn’t the typical start to a wildlife watching hike, but downtown Spokane is unique in …

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Photo of Jon Snyder at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.

The Value of Recreation: a Conversation with Jon Snyder

Jon Snyder, former Spokane City Councilman and Out There Monthly founder, has served as Washington State’s Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisor for over …

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Parkour // Recess for Grownups and Kids

Straight though it may be, the shortest distance between two points isn’t always flat or easily navigable. Most people would avoid a wall, boulder, or …

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Winter Birding: More Exciting Than It Sounds

Lindell Haggin, an avid birder and Spokane Audubon Society treasurer, narrows the scope of her bird-watching to her North Spokane backyard during the cold months. …

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The Ice is Changing: Riverfront Park Ice Palace’s Past and Future

The first time my daughter and I strapped on a pair of ice skates, all I could think of was my husband as a small …

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