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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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Investigating Crayfish
+ Freshwater Ecosystems

 Science Educators
Virtual Live Training

February 2 and 10, 2021
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Pacific Time


Virtual ONLY

A Joint Education Training Opportunity

Presented by:

National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, The River Mile Network, The Reach Museum, Lake Roosevelt Forum, Environmental Protection Agency, Engaging Every Student, and the University of Idaho Extension


Click Here to Register

Closes when full or 24 Hours Prior to Training Start Time

Meets STEM requirements for Washington teacher certification renewal

Free Hands-On Resources, Curriculum

+ In-Service Credit!

Learn to engage grade 2-12 students in fascinating crayfish studies in this hands-on STEAM workshop. Rick Reynolds, veteran educator and author of Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems, will team up with other partners from The River Mile Network to step you through student activities including scientific investigations in your local watershed. Gain confidence to participate with The River Mile's Crayfish Study to support important research by scientists and wildlife managers.

Training will include:

  • Intro. to crayfish + freshwater ecosystems with hands-on materials
  • Overview of lesson plans aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards + Common Core State Standards
  • Hands-on activities, including some outside based on location
  • Learn how to participate in the citizen science project and collect and submit data
  • More lessons + hands-on activities
  • Water Quality
  • Classroom plans presentations
  • Wrapup
  • Q &A
  • Evaluation

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. Meet NGSS and CCSS while integrating the arts and all content areas.


Completion of this training and the on demand online training qualifies you to lead groups in the collection and submission of crayfish data for The River Mile Network's Crayfish Study.

Professional Development

Idaho Teachers

Option for 1 credit from Univ. of Idaho: Course Title: Crayfish Investigations TRM. Participants must complete additional homework.

Questions? Contact JEkins@uidaho.edu

Oregon Teachers
Certificates of Completion will be awarded.

Washington Teachers
Free STEM clock hours will be awarded to everyone who completes all portions of the training: 

  1. Both sessions of the live virtual training, 
  2. 3-4 hours of homework,
  3. on demand virtual training, 
  4. a little pre-reading,
  5. creating and submitting a plan for participating in the crayfish project OR a two page research paper.    


Student Field Participation Assistance

Educators who complete all portions of this training, regardless of your location, qualify for financial assistance to participate in student fieldwork for the crayfish study.   These stipends may be made for transportation of students to collection sites, including bus and driver.  Applications must be submitted and approved prior to any fieldwork. Application link will be supplied upon request.

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.  This year they are asking for help locating and identifying crayfish. The project leaders are especially interested in locating and identifying species below Dry Falls in Eastern Washington AND in the Okanogan River region.  They believe there is an undescribed species of crayfish in those places which have not been documented (geolocated and photographed for identification). You and your students may be the first to record new species of crayfish!

After this training you have the ability to join the study and state research permit.  Without the research permit data may be collected May 1 to October 31 in Washington with a valid state fishing license and in waters open to crayfish fishing.  

Anything you can do to help researchers will be of benefit!

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


Check out our website!  therivermile.org

Register Now! Registration Closes 24 Hours Prior to Training Start Time!