Monday, August 7, 2017, 10 am - 12 noon
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 1 pm - 3 pm
This hike is about 2 hours long but since its out and back you can make it as long or as short as you want it to be. This hike's turn around point is a creek and waterfall so you can stay and play as long as you want.
Trail head at N. Mill Rd and N. Fairwood Drive (not Lane), Spokane. The trail head is a few hundred yards north east of the Bozarth Mansion on N. Fairwood Drive.
If you like the Little Spokane River, you may want to go on the Kayak/Canoe trip on the Little Spokane River.
Using the 95 page Little Spokane River Journal booklet by Jan Reynolds, you'll venture out on a journey exploring the sciences of the Little Spokane River. On this hike, you'll learn about the geology, people, edible plants, and ecology of the river area. We'll begin with a "Scat & Snacks" animal signs activity. In a zoo, there are signs that tell you what animal to look for, such as “Moose” or "Beaver." But in their natural habitat, animals don't stand next to a sign that labels them. However they do leave us clues as to who was there, in the form of scat. Come learn to identify some Little Spokane River inhabitants by their scat. Just like a naturalist, look for real scat and tracks on our hike. We will give each scientist-in-training marshmallows, jelly beans and other foods, which have the same size and shape as some animal scat. Additionally, we'll discover the aquifer in action and find out where our trail will take us to find a hidden beauty (a waterfall and small creek!) We'll see evidence of the historical Waikiki dairy ranch (now Bozarth Mansion). Our hike begins with a half mile gradual descent down to the river. Of course that means that the hike ends with a half mile gradual up hill walk back to your car. We will cross a few little streams by walking on fallen branches and 2x4 boards so your shoes may get slightly wet.