If you’ve looked closely enough, you may already have spotted the first buttercup of the season, a sure sign of spring’s arrival in the Inland Northwest. The wild, sunshine-colored blooms are found close to the ground, amid rocks and pine needles, and can sometimes be seen on the sunniest slopes as early as late February. Buttercups are then plentiful come March and early April. For the 50th season, the Dishman Hills Conservancy invites locals to come trek through the ponderosa woods on the ultimate buttercup quest. Led by the nonprofit’s former president Michael Hamilton, you can also learn about the natural area’s history and future plans to continue protecting this important piece of land bordered by Spokane and Spokane Valley.
Sat, April 9, at 9 am and 1 pm • Free • Dishman Hills Natural Area; meet at Camp Caro • 625 S. Sargent Rd. • dishmanhills.org
— Chey Scott