An Education Program of the National Park Service

Training

The River Mile’s teacher training is overseen by Pacific Education Institute. Pacific Education Institute provides educator training throughout Washington State to get students outdoors. “PEI works with Washington’s education system, providing tools that meet current and developing state educational requirements such as NGSS and Common Core, and collaborating with School Districts to bring our broad suite of FieldSTEM® tools and resources to address the specific needs and goals of each district. Our experienced faculty and broad network bring innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing K-12 schools in the 21st century. Our end goal is that every student in Washington has the chance to use the outdoors as a learning laboratory, and those students become the future stewards of our environment and communities.” PEI website

Workshops and webinars are open to all formal and informal educators. Motivated students, especially those from schools participating in on-going monitoring projects, are encouraged and welcome to participate when appropriate. These students can then become mentors within their school.

Professional development is offered through a variety of methods including webinars, in person and conference calls. Workshop and webinar availability varies. Each year new training is available based on feedback from the previous year’s participants. Workshops and training webinars come with free clock hours for Washington teachers, certificates of completion for Oregon teachers and for teachers from other states let us know what you need and we will work with you to get you credit! College credit is also available for in-person training at the current fee.

Workshop and webinar availability varies. Each year new training is available based on feedback from the previous year’s participants.

Workshops and training webinars come with free clock hours for Washington teachers, certificates of completion for Oregon teachers and for teachers from other states let us know what you need and we will work with you to get you credit! College credit is also available for in-person training at the current fee. Below are some of the opportunities.

Introduction to The River Mile Webinar

Introduces the purpose and goals of “The River Mile,” the structure of the program, introduces field investigations, observation skills, stewardship, and data collection requirements.

Data Collection

Learn how to collect plant and animal data for submission to the NatureMapping database. Includes making predictions about what expected to be found, locating and identifying plants and animals; making observations in journals; and submitting observation data collected during their site visit. (2-4 hours)

NatureMapping

Develop awareness and observation skills. Record observations in field journals, and learn how to report data on the collection sheets and then on-line. Learn stewardship, how to map your location, classify habitats and use field guides. Search image skills will be introduced in this workshop. This is more comprehensive than the data collection workshop.

Water Quality in The Lake Roosevelt Watershed

The River Mile’s new water quality curriculum-based educator’s guide is introduced to participants in this workshop. Learn a new approach to exploring water quality experiments with your students.

The Columbia River: A River of Change

Learn about and explore the Columbia River and the Lake Roosevelt ecosystem before Grand Coulee Dam. What was it like? What lived here? What lives here now that was here then? How has it really changed?

Inquiry Field Investigations

Explore the connections between the land and the water through inquiry-based activities. Learn about different types of field investigations, question development, how to create and lead field investigations, and lead students to develop their own field investigations. Participants work in small groups and explore connections detected in the outdoor laboratory area, then formulate questions about those connections and the site. From these questions a research project/experiment is designed and conducted. Reports at the conclusion of the site visit focus upon lessons learned, how well their experiment worked and what would need to be done differently with their experiment in the future.

“Project Wet” and “Healthy Water, Healthy People”

Explore water cycles, watersheds and human usage of water through Project Wet and Healthy Water, Healthy People activities. Learn how to incorporate environmental education into your existing Science, Language Arts and Social Studies curriculums.

“Project Learning Tree” and “Project WILD”

Explore lessons and activities in these two programs which will enhance student participation in The River Mile.

Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment

Explore the usage of transects, plots and points. Learn observation techniques, plant and animal identification, and utilize the scientific method. Learn how and why scientists use species inventory data.

ArcGIS Online

Introduces students and teachers to the use of on-line technology to display data collected at their site. Learn how to use ArcGIS Online.

Contact Us

Janice Elvidge
Education Specialist
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
1008 Crest Drive
Coulee Dam, WA 99116

(509) 754-7848
(509) 633-9187

laro_river_mile@nps.gov