Saturday, April 15, 2023
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM PDT



Online and In-Person at

The Reach Musuem
1943 Columbia Park Trails
Richland, WA 99352


Janice Elvidge
The River Mile Network

The River Mile Mission Statement
To foster investigation and understanding of our watersheds 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 and beyond sharing what they know and learn about 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 and beyon.

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. 



Investigating Crayfish
+ Freshwater Ecosystems

Hybrid Educator Workshop

Richland, WA or Online via Zoom

Sat., April 15, 2023
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Pacific Time

 Hands-on Activities + Self-paced Component

$100 Implementation Stipend Available

7.5 PDUs and/or WA STEM Clock Hours Awarded!


A Joint Education Training Opportunity

Presented by:

The River Mile Network, the High Desert Museum, National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, 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

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, M.S.Ed., veteran educator and author of "Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems," will team up with Sara Pelleteri of the High Desert Museum and 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
  • NEW ArcGIS Online elements to use with students for data analysis and map creation
  • Water quality and groundwater investigations
  • 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.

Photo of Dedrick courtesy Siuslaw Watershed Council


A limited number of Implementation Stipends of $100 are availalbe for participants who complete all portions of the training and implement The Crayfish Study with their students: 

  • The complete live in-person or virtual training, which will include time to work on a project implementation plan.
  • 1.5 hours of homework, which includes on-demand online training. It must be completed within 7 days of the training.
  • The number of stipends is limited, those who complete homework first will be the first to receive stipends.

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 Crayfish Study.

Professional Development

Oregon and Other State Teachers
Certificates of Completion will be awarded to all participants for the training as well as the virtual on-demand training.

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

  • The complete live in-person or virtual training
  • 1.5 hours of homework, which includes on-demand online training

Oregon and Other State Teachers
Certificates of Completion will be awarded to all participants for the training as well as the virtual on-demand training.

Idaho Teachers
Option for 1 professional development credit from Univ. of Idaho: Course Title: Crayfish Investigations TRM. Participants must complete additional homework. Fee is the current University of Idaho credit rate.  Other states may accept this credit as well. Please check with your state first.

Questions? Contact Jim Ekins, Ph.D. JEkins@uidaho.edu



Join the Study and Contribute Valuable Data!

Ever wondered if there are crayfish in a lake or stream? Have you seen crayfish near you? Help scientists by locating and identifying crayfish, then sharing your data through The River Mile's Crayfish Study! 

The River Mile Network has teamed up with the University of 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.

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!


Check out our website!  therivermile.org

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