Family Fun events packed with education, entertainment

You can always count on the great outdoors to bring families together. 

See for yourself when you swing by the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness’ Family Fun in the Forest events. Come for the games and hands-on activities. Stay for all the handy information and outdoors know-how you’ll pick up along the way! 

The first Family Fun in the Forest event lands this 2-4 p.m. (Pacific Time) Sunday, June 13, at the Lakeview Park Pavillion. Sponsored by Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and FSPW, the Family Fun event focuses on learning about the plants and animals in our wild backyard. After all the fun and games, you’ll be able to spot and identify the plants and animals that make Scotchman Peaks so great. Skulls, antlers, fur pelts and other learning tools will let people really dig into the coolest facts of the natural world. 

After the event, why not put some of that new knowledge to use? You can do just that when FSPW staffer Kelsey Maxwell guides an ecology expedition up Goat Mountain on Wednesday, June 16. It’s the perfect time to put that identification knowledge to the test. We’ll be taking it slow up this steep trail, with lots of breaks to talk about the trees, plants and animals living on the mountain. Will we make it to the top? Probably not, but that’s OK, because it’s the journey that matters. It all starts at the Goat Mountain Trailhead 9 a.m. (Mountain Time). 

There’s plenty of other Family Fun hikes throughout the summer to consider, too. We’re planning a wildflower walk along Blacktail Creek, adventures in the Ross Creek Cedars, huckleberry hikes on Pillick Ridge, and more. Plus, if you can’t make this weekend’s Family Fun in the Forest event in Sandpoint, there will be another one on Sunday June 27th.

Each Family Fun hike covers a different range of difficulty and new educational topics. Regardless of the overall challenge, hikes will go slowly as the group checks out the environment and smells the flowers — literally! Visit www.scotchmanpeaks.org/hikes-events-schedule to get all the details for each hike and event.  

Looking for more ways to explore your wild backyard this summer? Keep an eye on www.scotchmanpeaks.org for more great events! 

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Cameron Rasmusson is a writer and journalist who grew up in Scotchmans territory. While he now calls Sandpoint home, he spent his formative years in the natural beauty of Libby, Montana. From elementary to high school, he enjoyed the outdoor experiences that mountain towns provide.

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