Experience the great outdoors on the edge of the city while enjoying live music, educational presentations, and entertaining programs at Riverside State Park. REI and the Riverside State Park Foundation are sponsoring another season of “Wednesdays in the Woods,” a series of free programs at the Bowl & Pitcher in Riverside State Park. The series kicks off June 14 and continues on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8 p.m. through August, with a diverse and exciting set of program topics for all ages and interests.

  • June 14: Justine Sherfey & Rye River Bluegrass. Enjoy bluegrass music and free ice cream courtesy of Riverside State Park Foundation.
  • June 21: Camp Skills 101. REI staff will offer practical, hands-on tips for making camping easier and more fun.
  • June 28: Hiking with Kids. Learn how and where to hike with kids of all ages with members from Hike It Baby Spokane.
  • July 5: Moose, Cougars, and Bears, OH MY! Find out how to safely enjoy the outdoors when you’re in moose, cougar or bear country.
  • July 12: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Start planning everything from a weekend hike to an extended trip along the PCT with expert advice from REI staff.
  • July 19: Dog First Aid. Join experts from SouthCare Animal Medical Center to learn to care for your outdoor adventure dog.
  • July 26: Women’s Backpacking Basics. Connect with other women hikers and learn the basics of planning a backpacking trip.
  • August 2: Birds of Prey Presentation. The West Valley Outdoor Learning Center HOOT show explores the world of owls and hawks, including a chance to meet a live bird of prey.
  • August 9: Sasquatch Leaves No Trace. Learn about Leave No Trace principles and outdoor ethics with Washington Trails Association.
  • August 16: Women in the Wilderness. Join a panel of some of Spokane’s most amazing outdoor women for a Q&A about being a “woman in the wilderness.”
  • August 23: Gourmet Camp Cooking. Make your camp cooking extraordinary with tips, tricks and techniques from a camp-cook pro.
  • August 30: Smackout Pack Concert. The final Wednesday in the Woods program is a live concert featuring rock music reminiscent of Bob Dylan and the Black Keys. //