The Urban Outdoors

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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In-Town Ideas for Staying Active This Winter

Every Sunday morning without fail, a hodgepodge of experienced players and newbies gathers to play Ultimate Frisbee at Wentel Grant Park in Vinegar Flats. Neither ...
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Two deer bucks enjoy vernal pools. grassy wooded area of Drumheller Springs Natural Park in Spokane.

The Best Spokane City Park You’ve Never Heard of: Drumheller Springs

Drumheller Springs Natural Park is a 12-acre Spokane Tribal historical site tucked within Spokane's urban landscape.
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Getting Cardio When the Air Quality is Bad

Those midsummer blood-red sunsets in Spokane carry bittersweet beauty — they’re usually a sign of high levels of fine smoke or dust particles. During those ...
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