• 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

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Welcome to the 2014-15 season and the 7th year of The River Mile!
New program participants from around the Columbia River Watershed in the United States are joining the network. New participants are welcome at any time now. If you would like more information about the network or have questions, contact the park's education specialist.

We will be offering a variety of professional development opportunities, both in-person and virtual, throughout the school year. Training topics and dates will be announced throughout the year!

During summer 2015 we will hold a train the trainer event in Grand Coulee to train watershed coordinators who will be points of contacts, trainers and assistants for the management of The River Mile. More information about this will be out later this school year.

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area Groups
Start planning your site visits now! Getting to know your site during all seasons of the year is the best way to detect changes. Remember, the more often you go out the easier it will be to detect changes.

If you want a ranger-conducted program they are available beginning October 1, 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 only available for pickup, drop off and rendezvous. 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.
Also be sure to check out collected data on iNaturalist!

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 Natural Resource Career Day

The fall 2014 Natural Resource Career Day for high school students is being planned at this time. It will either be October 8th or 15th, 2014 and will be held at the Fort Spokane Day Use Area. If you and your students would like to participate, please email The River Mile Coordiantor no later than September 25th.

We are looking for presenters as well. So if you, or someone you know, are interested in being a presenter please let us know as well.

The goal for this experience is for students to experience and be trained in some activity or skill they would need if they came and worked for you in your job, division or agency. This is a time for students to have a hands-on experience with natural resource activities so they can get a feel for it, see if they like it or maybe use those skills in a project they, or their class, are working on.

These sessions are not environmental education activities. They may be a small part of the presentation, but really we want students to feel like they have a better idea of what professionals do on the job and whether or not it is for them. Things like teaching them to handle fire hoses or fishing nets, and knot tying are great examples. Presenters could also do a project with the students....if we can find a suitable location and obtain permission at the site.

The schedule of the event is usually two 60 minute, four 30 minute and up to eight 15 minute sessions. We start at 10:00 with groups arriving at 9:45. We conclude at 12:30 so we can all eat lunch at the end. Students pre-register for sessions through their teachers.

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-8th grade students.

The symposium offers 3rd-8th 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?

These folks thought their campsite was far enough away from the water, but woke to find toys and coolers floating away.

Lake Roosevelt is the primary flood control reservoir on the Columbia River. The lake level can rise up to 4 feet per day in spring and drop 1 foot per day in summer. When shoreline camping, find out what the lake level is and don't put a tent close to the water unless you want a chilly surprise.