An Education Program of the National Park Service

Vision & Goals

Our vision is to link classrooms with real world laboratories in their own “backyards” where they collaborate with resource agencies and organizations to collect, analyze, interpret and share ecosystem data throughout the Columbia River Watershed. Together they form a network of resource managers, scientists, informal educators, teachers and students exploring how we simultaneously use and protect our watershed through the essential question: “How do relationships among components of an ecosystem affect watershed health?”

Network Goals

  • Maintain The River Mile network
  • Encourage an appreciation for the natural world and ecosystem processes
  • Instill critical thinking skills and abilities related to human interactions with the environment
  • Build connections with National Parks, other agencies and organizations to increase stewardship
  • Provide ongoing training and development in FieldSTEM™ science education, science content opportunities