Monday November 18, 019

8:00 AM to 6:30PM PDT


Historic Davenport Hotel
Spokane, WA



Janice Elvidge
The River Mile Network

The River Mile Mission Statement
To foster investigation and understanding of the Columbia River Watershed and to promote watershed health 

The River Mile is…
…a network of educators, students, resource managers, scientists and  environmental educators in the  Columbia River Watershed sharing what they know and learn about the Columbia River Watershed and sharing best practices, lessons learned, examples of participation, links to resources and collecting and sharing real world scientific data.  It is a participant driven approach to learning, researching and exploring the watershed health of the Columbia River.

 Students and teachers are engaged in the practices of scientists and resource  managers as they become intimately familiar with their  outdoor classroom by spending time in the field inventorying, monitoring, analyzing, investigating and researching site discoveries. 



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Crayfish Conference
A Confluence of Science and Education

November 18, 2019
8:00 AM to 6:30 PM

This first ever crayfish conference brings together scientists, wildlife managers, fisheries managers, educators and students interested in the status of crayfish throughout the North American continent.  


Historic Davenport Hotel
Spokane, WA

Individual Registration

School Group Registration

Registration Deadlines:
Early registration until October 21, 2019     $50 
Registration October 22-November 17, 2019     $95
Students $5
Presented by:

 National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Engaging Every Student, University of Idaho Extension, University of Illinois, University of Washington and Lake Roosevelt Forum

Water Pollution Control Lab
(at Cathedral Park on the river)

6543 N Burlington Ave.
Portland, OR 97203

Conference Overview


Dr. Eric Larsen
University of Illinois

Dr. Julian Olden
University of Washington
"Brace yourselves, rusties are coming: Rapid invasion of rusty crayfish in the Columbia River Basin"

  • An overview of invasion of rusty crayfish in the Columbia River Basin.

Concurrent Session Samples

Two concurrent tracks: For Educators and Students and Current Research and Knowledge

Eric Billman

"Invasion of non-native crayfish Faxonius virilis in the Henrys Fork Drainage, Idaho"

Doreen Cabrera
PhD Student
Brigham Young University

"Testing for the repeatability of exploratory behavior in a novel environment in the invasive virile crayfish (Faxonius virilis)"

John Umek
Aquatic Ecologist
Desert Research Institute

"Seasonal movement, habitat preference, and influence on native organisms from invasive signal crayfish in a large oligotrophic lake"

Jim Ekins
Water Educator
University of Idaho, Extension Outreach

"Crayfish's Place among Extension Water Outreach's Citizen Science Programming"

Deb Mrazek
Founding Partner
Curiate.co LLC

"Experience Design Thinking with a Crayfish Challenge"

Scott Girdner
Crater Lake National Park
Crayfish Impact at Crater Lake National Park

Conference Schedule

All sessions are held in Penninton A & B
8:00 AM  Registration and Breakfast
8:15 AM Quick Stops and Exhibits
8:45 AM Welcome!
9:00 AM Keynote
10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions
11:15 AM Concurrent Sessions
12:30 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
3:45 PM Concurrent Sessions
5:00 PM Evening Networking Event
Quick Stops and possible other presentations
6:30 PM End

Food, Food, Food

Heavy continental Breakfast and a sandwich buffet lunch is included with Registration.

Networking!!! 5:00 PM Crayfish Confluence! Heavy horsd'oeuvres--plenty to be called dinner!  

Lightning and Quick Stops!

Do you see crayfish when you are conducting other research?  Don't think you have enough to fill a concurrent session? Then Lightning Rounds and Quick Stops are for you! 

The purpose of this conference is to share what we all have seen and know about crayfish.  So many observations of crayfish go unreported.  This is your opportunity to share.........More

Submit Lightning and Quick Stop Proposals

Education Track

Among other sessions, concurrent sessions will include lessons from the new "Investigating Crayfish and Freshwaer Ecosystems Teacher's Guide."

Learn to engage grade 2-12 students in fascinating crayfish studies in this hands-on STEAM workshop. Gain confidence to participate with The River Mile's Crayfish Study to support important research by scientists and wildlife managers.

Learn how different tools can be used to monitor native and invasive crayfish, assess water quality, and collect, analyze, and share data and student observations to benefit people and wildlife. 

Registration Information

Individual Registration
Early registration until October 21, 2019     $50
Registration October 22-November 17, 2019     $95

Register Now!

School Group Registration
Early registration ends October 21, 2019
Adults: $50 Students: $5 

Late/Onsite Registration After October 21, 2019
Adults: $95 Students $5

Education Discounts and Waivers Available
Please Email TRM Director

Join the Study and Contribute Valuable Data!

The River Mile Network has teamed up with the Universityof Illinois and the University of Washington scientists! Data from this project will help inform researchers about the species distribution throughout the Columbia River Watershed and beyond.  

Data collection is dependent upon your location and permits. Anything you can do to help researchers will be of benefit!


Consider Also Attending

Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference
Envisioning the Future
November 19-20, 2019
Historic Davenport Hotel

Please join us at the 2019 Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference, November 19th-20th at the Davenport Hotel.

This is a unique opportunity for educators to network with natural resource managers while learning about local environmental and natural resource issues that can be woven into classroom activities. Topics of this year’s conference include eco-system function, salmon reintroduction, irrigation, renewable energy sources and invasive species.

NOTE: Students and educators should register through The River Mile, All other professionals should register through Lake Roosevelt Forum directly.

 Visit www.lrf.org/conf for more information.

If you wish to attend the Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference, and your organization does not pay for registration as a group, please register through The River Mile Crayfish Conference.

Click Here to Register

Credit and Clock Hours

Free STEM Clock Hours are available for Washington teachers and certificates of participation will be provided to all Oregon teachers.  Idaho university professional development credit is also available. Contact us for more information.

Please Note:  The collection of research specimens within Lake Roosevelt NRA must be done in accordance with the regulations within 36 CFR. A permit must be  approved prior to any specimen collections.  For more information on permits refer to https://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm


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