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Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems Educator Workshop *Online

April 24, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Please note that due to the Coronavirus, The River Mile organization is currently working on converting this into an online event.

Learn to engage grade 2-16 students in fascinating crayfish studies in this hands-on STEAM workshop. Rick Reynolds, veteran educator and author of Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems, will team up with other partners from The River Mile Network to step you through student activities including scientific investigations in your local watershed. Gain confidence to participate with The River Mile’s Crayfish Study to support important research by scientists and wildlife managers.


  • Intro to crayfish + freshwater ecosystems with hands-on materials.
  • Overview of lesson plans aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards + Common Core State Standards.
  • Hands-on activities, including some outside on the river.
  • Lunch (included) – can be enjoyed outside!
  • More lessons + hands-on activities.

Learn how different ts can be used to monitor native and invasive crayfish, assess water quality, and collect, analyze, and share data and student observations to benefit people and wildlife. Meet NGSS and CCSS while integrating the arts and all content areas.

You can earn PD contact hours or college credit through participation in this enjoyable Friday experience which will include time to network. Space is limited, so please RSVP here!

Participants are asked to bring their own tablets and/or other mobile devices if possible.

Note: The collection of research specimens within Lake Roosevelt NRA must be done in accordance with the regulations within 36 CFR. A permit must be approved prior to any specimen collections. For more information on permits, please visit here!


  • Open to formal and non-formal educators as well as partners.
  • $30 fee to cover food and materials (to March 1); 3/2-4/10 $35; 4/11-24 $40.
  • Need-based support available: contact Janice Elvidge: 509.754.7848/
  • Option for 1 credit from University of Idaho: Course Title: Crayfish Investigations TRM; CRN: 73868; EDCI 505, section 184


  • Teacher’s Guide with lessons adaptable for grades 2-12.
  • “Native + Invasive Crayfish” posters.
  • How to get crayfish traps + other hands-on resources.
  • Multimedia presentations + more.




April 24, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


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