A nature hike and a cleaning day will kick off spring in the Dishman Hills Natural Area.
The annual buttercup hike, presented by the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association, begins at 1 p.m. at Camp Caro, 625 S. Sargent Road, on April 18.
According to the group’s newsletter, the buttercups are in full bloom, and the wild flowers are three weeks early this year. Plan accordingly as restroom facilities do not open until June 1.
Spring Cleaning Day in the Dishman Hills is April 24, between 9 a.m. and noon and is sponsored by REI, Spokane Mountaineers, Washington Trail Association, Sierra Club and the DHNAA. Event registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Camp Caro.
Walk-ins are welcome. Assigned work tasks will include trash collection, camp cleanup, trail clearing and graffiti removal.
Other activities include planting a new forest in the 2008 burn area on the southern side of the natural area. Dress for dirty work, and bring a picnic lunch. REI will supply coffee, water and light snacks.
To participate, sign up at www.rei.comm/event/ 3271/sessions/3877.
For more information, contact Michael Hamilton at (509) 747-8147.