The River Mile

Map of the network
Map of the Columbia River Watershed and schools participating in The River Mile. Click on map to see live interactive map.

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Aspen leaf at Spring Canyon - NPS/T. Stellhorn
Aspen leaf at Spring Canyon

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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. Kindergarten through 12th grade students are engaged in multi-discipline, multi-level, real world scientific research, data collection and analysis related to the Columbia River Watershed. Schools adopt a one mile section of the Columbia River or tributary and utilize it as their real world laboratory where participants are engaged in the scientific practices of scientists and resource managers.

The River Mile is managed and presented by the National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The River Mile was established during the 2007-08 school year, in-the-field programs were conducted during spring 2008 with seven schools and 289 3rd-12th grade students around Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

2016 is the centennial of the National Park Service! The River Mile is one of the NPS centennial projects.

The River Mile exemplifies the inclusion of STEM (Science, Technology and Math), as well as the new STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts and Math) movement as model programs and materials encourage integration of all subjects across all grades K-12.

For more information, please click on the following links or contact our education specialist.

Webpages Links:
How do I Join?
Crayfish Study
Data Collection
Professional Development
Program Participants
Resources and References

Additional Links:
The River Mile Institute
The River Mile Blog
Program Flyer
Crayfish Study

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Last updated: September 14, 2016

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