*Columbia River Virtual Field Trip

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An Amazing Watershed Journey

Map of Columbia Basin Watershed

The following information highlights additional resources about the river Columbia including environmental education organizations, web sites, related curriculum materials and books that will help your students gain a better appreciation for the complexity of the river.



State and Provincial Environmental Education Organizations

Environmental Education member organizations throughout the Columbia Basin offer outstanding resources and support services for educators including newsletters, web sites, and annual professional development conferences. Their web sites have links to many additional resource sites. For more information please see the following:

Environmental Education Association of Washington
Environmental Education Association of Oregon
Idaho Environmental Education Association
Montana Environmental Education Association
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (British Columbia)

Clearing Magazine A non-profit, quarterly magazine for teachers and educators of all age levels and subject areas.




Curriculum Resources

Project WET Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nonprofit water education program and publisher for educators and young people ages 5-18. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and the establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs.

Healthy Water, Healthy People is an innovative water quality education program sponsored by Project WET and the Hach Scientific Foundation. It offers hands-on activity guides, testing kits, training, and much more. Healthy Water, Healthy People is for anyone interested in learning about and teaching contemporary water quality education topics.

Hands on the Land A national network of field testing for educators.

Water Questions and Answers Water Science for schools - USGS.

Kids in the Creek The Kids in the Creek program provides students with a simple method of assessing the long-term health of a stream by viewing and identifying the aquatic insects and observing the world they inhabit.

EE-Link: the place for finding EE resources, people, and action on the internet locally and nationally.

US EPA Environmental Education Clearinghouse
This clearinghouse is your tool to locate environmental education material available in the Pacific Northwest. The resources from hundreds of organizations have been organized in a number of categories: by audience, by resource type and by subject. This site serves the people of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and 269 Native Tribes.





A River Lost, by Lynn Bragg and Virgil Marchand.

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia, by Blaine Harden.

A River Ran Wild, by Lynne Cherry. True story of how a polluted river is restored (Grades 2-6)

Come Back, Salmon, by Molly Cone. How a group of dedicated kids adopted Pidgeon Creek and brought it back to life in Oregon. (Grades 1-6)

Geography of Memory: Recovering Stories of a Landscape's First People, by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes.

Letting Swift River Go, by Jane Yolen. Discusses the destruction of homes to create a reservoir for a large city. (Grades K-4)

Native River: The Columbia Remembered, by William D. Layman.

Online River Stories for Kids of All Ages. Including A Story of the Pacific Northwest Salmon and Voyage to the Pacific, an online story of the Columbia River.

Salmon and His People: Fish and Fishing in Nez Perce Culture, by Dan Landeen and Allen Pinkham.

Singing Sand, Burning Sage: Discovering Washington's Shrub-Steppe, by Jack Nesbit.

Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across Western North America, by Jack Nisbet

The Journals of Lewis and Clark, by Bernard DeVoto.

Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River, by Robin Cody.

Water: To the Last Drop Video- Travel to Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Middle East to look at the natural history of water and investigate the latest technologies used to make available water safe.

Where the River Begins, by Thomas Locker. Two boys follow a river to its beginning. (Grades K-4)


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