• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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Program Participants

Welcome to the 2013-14 season and the 6th year of The River Mile!
New program participants from around the Columbia River Watershed in the United States will be accepted soon. If you would like more information about the network or have questions, contact the park's education specialist.

We will be offering new professional development opportunities as well as the introductory webinar beginin in March 2014. Training topics and dates will be announced soon!

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area Groups
Start planning your winter and spring site visits now! Getting to know your site during all seasons of the year is the best way to detect changes.

If you want a ranger-conducted program they are available beginning January 14, 2014. Make your reservations by submitting the classroom reservation form and/or thepark visits reservation form to the park's education specialist. If you are planning to visit your site on your own (you don't need any assitance from park staff), please let the park know by submitting the teacher conducted reservation form.

Lake Roosevelt area TRM participants may also borrow equipment from the park. We can not ship any of the equipment, so it is available for pickup, drop off and rendezvous only. To make a reservation return both reservation forms. Reservation form 1 and Reservation form 2. The equipment loan list is updated periodically, so check back to see if addtional items may be available.

The River Mile Network
Keep in touch with other program participants and events through The River Mile Facebook page, the Lake Roosevelt Flickr photostream and interactive ArcGIS Map.

The River Mile Crayfish Study
Keep in touch with other crayfish study sites through the interactive maps for the project.
Particpant Map--shows which groups and areas are participating in the study
2012 National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service map of data
2013 map of The River Mile study data

The River Mile Student Science Symposium
The symposium is held on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend and normally held on the Gonzaga University Campus in Spokane, WA. The symposium is open to 3rd-12th grade students.

The symposium offers K-12th grade students and teachers the opportunity to explore natural and cultural resources to learn about the environment and how scientists and natural resource managers learn about and manage our natural resources. Keynote speakers, special presentations and concurrent sessions are selected to enhance students understanding of the program's essential question: "How do relationships among components of an ecosystem affect watershed health?"

Classes of students participate in concurrent sessions, facilitated by scientists and environmental educators, which look at specific aspects of natural resource management. Examples of concurrent sessions are: water quality testing, invasive species, using GPS units, birding, land use and recreation.

The River Mile Image Credit: NPS/LARO

Did You Know?

Ranger Andy guiding a walk at Fort Spokane

Summer ranger programs at Lake Roosevelt are a great way to combine your recreation experience with an understanding of the park's history and environment. Contact the park for program dates and times.