How to Get Your Class Involved
Teaching Youth the Art of Adventure
Three-color map of the Columbia River watershed. The watershed is shaped roughly like a funnel with its wide end to the east and its narrow end along the border between Washington and Oregon as it nears the Pacific Ocean. The watershed extends into the western US states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana, and the western Canadian province of British Columbia as far east as its border with Alberta. The river itself makes a hairpin turn from north-west to south in British Columbia and another sharp turn from south to west as it nears Oregon.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River#/media/File:Columbiarivermap.png
Location, Location, Location
Where is John Now? Starting August 1st, 2018. Locate John on Tracking Map
Communicate with John
Be a part of the action! Have your students write John and ask him questions about the Columbia River, the Pacific Northwest, outdoor adventure, and paddling.
Send mail to John during the trip. You can communicate with John during the 2 1/2 month adventure. John will be receiving food caches along the way that are mailed from the address below. Please send photos, words of encouragement, and letters that will be included in the shipment. Since this is mostly a solo trip, the communication is greatly appreciated and will fill those lonely nights, and you will get a postcard in return thanking you. Get your postcard to commemorate the trip.
John Kuntz STS
PO Box 236
Port Gamble, WA 98364
To get your correspondence in the packages please have your mail to the above address several days before the following ship dates below:
August 6th, 2018 (Monday) Delivered to Revelstoke BC Canada (click to see location in Google Maps)
August 15th, 2018 (Wednesday) Delivered to Castlegar, BC Canada
August 22, 2018 (Wednesday) Delivered to Kettle Falls, WA USA
August 31, 2018 (Friday) Delivered to Grand Coulee, WA USA
September 7, 2018 (Friday) Delivered to Wenatchee, WA USA
September 21, 2018 (Friday) Delivered to Hood River, WA USA
October 1, 2018 (Monday) Delivered to John at the FINISH in Astoria, WA USA
Phone/Text 1 (360) 471-0836
Diane Conmy's third grade class from Lincoln School in Oak Park, Illinois will be following John's journey from beginning to end. Click here if you'd like to be an AdventurePal with her class throughout this journey. Her class will be sharing research projects, artwork, poetry, and local paddling experiences with their AdventurePals.
Diane Conmy (mother of Eri) email@example.com
Matthew Kuntz (gifted teacher) firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Article! Enhance a Student's Ability to Interact with Nature (Naturalist Intelligence)
Have you ever been kayaking?
*Basic Safety TIPS for Kayaking (Safety FIRST!)
*Kayaking in Illinois: Paddle the waterways of Illinois. Discover the best places to kayak in Illinois with this guide to kayaking tours, kayaking trails and kayaking rentals.
*All the Best Kayaking Spots in Chicago: Chi-town is overflowing with ways to get fit, and we mean that quite literally. Here in the Windy City, we don’t just Instagram the views of Lake Michigan, our rivers, and lagoons—we interact with them. And even though the water can be chilly, there are plenty of kayaking spots throughout the city that allow you to get in the perfect scenic workout, without ever getting wet. Whether you’re a newbie or experienced, grab a paddle and keep reading for the 10 best spots in Chicago to get your kayak on.
*The Forest Preserve of Cook County: Enjoy recreational boating on lakes and rivers throughout the Forest Preserves.
The Art of Kayaking
*How to Make an Origami Kayak (YouTube)
*Origami Boats (Google Search)
Curricular Connections: Ways to Connect Across the Curriculum
*Come Back Salmon: A group of dedicated students from the Jackson Elementary School in Everett, Washington, clean and restock a local stream to bring back the salmon that once spawned there.
*Curriculum and Activities about Salmon (LOTS of great resources!)
*FREE the Rhine for Salmon: Read about the great salmon comeback on the Rhine River.
*Pacific Salmon in the Aquatic Biome (Lesson Plan)
*Something Fishy: Life Cycle of a Salmon Lesson Plan
*Salmon Homecoming (Activity Book for Kids)
*Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission(Yakama · Umatilla · Warm Springs · Nez Perce) Salmon Activity Book
*Salmon Activity: Hooks and Ladders
*The Magnificent Journey — this is a great online story of the life cycle of the salmon with a beautiful layout and illustrations.
*Salmon and the Ecosystem: A Curriculum for Grades Five through Eight
Diane's Literary Connections (some really awesome books!)
- Totem Pole
- If You Lived with the Indians on the Northwest Coast...
- How Can One Sell the Air?
- Goodnight World
- Creative Colors
- Northwest Native Arts: Basic Forms
- Dancing on the Rim of the World: An Anthology of Contemporary Northwest Native
American Writing (Sun Tracks). Andrea Lerner, ed. 1996.
This collection of contemporary Native American Writers from the Pacific northwest includes the prose and poems of 34 writers. This collection is unique and could be used as a reference book for those teaching about Northwest Native American culture.
“The best overview of Native history for younger children that I have ever seen. Ortiz, the author, is Acoma, and a poet, and it shows. This is an epic story of Native American People from the creation to the present day, and it speaks in the rhythms of traditional oral narration.
Ecosystems and Landforms of the Pacific Northwest
*The Estuary Guide (High School)
*What is a Landform? Resources for Kids and Teachers
*The Hand Game: The Hand Game (also called The Stick Game): The people of the Plateau loved games of all sorts. They loved competitions. And they loved to gamble. So it’s no surprise that they loved a game they invented called the Hand Game, which is sometimes called The Stick Game.
Lewis and Clark Expedition
*Lewis and Clark Activities (Scholastic) Experience westward expansion with explorers Lewis & Clark and start your own adventures!
*Up the Columbia: Homeward bound in April 1806, the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled through the Columbia Gorge and pitched camps on its north side, today's Washington.
*Day by Day with Lewis and Clark: Re-enacted Audio Recordings (very cool!).
*Trail Graffiti: Graffiti—properly sgraffiti: an Italian word meaning "to scribble."
*Soundscapes: By "listening" to the journals of Lewis and Clark, we can hear the stew simmering. We can perceive—if but faintly through the crescendo of two centuries of noise pollution—some of the more resonant facets of the expedition's sonic qualities.
*Lewis and Clark Expedition (National Geographic Kids)
Environmental Issues and Concerns
*World's Biggest Dam Removal Project (Removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon hydroelectric dams)
*Why Do We Build Dams? (Grades 4-6)
*The environmental impact of damming the Columbia River. One school explores the problem and possible solutions.
*Down the Mighty Columbia, Where a Power Struggle Looms (newspaper article). Nearly half of the nation’s hydropower electricity comes from more than 250 hydropower dams that were built on the Columbia and its tributaries — a vast and complex arc of industry and technology that touches tens of millions of lives across the West every day.
*Chemicals of Emerging Concern in the Columbia River (Environmental Protection Agency Research)
*Tribal Fish Consumption:Learn about EPA's work to help document tribal fish consumption rates and potential health risks from chemical pollution in certain species of fish.
*Cold Water Refuges Project:EPA is helping protect and restore vital cold water habitat to support current and future salmon populations. Learn more about these cold water refuges in the Columbia River.
*10 Big Issues for Columbia River Salmon (article)
Learn All About the Columbia River (research the history, physical features, climate, plant and animal life, and economy)
Fish of the Columbia River: The Columbia River offers premiere opportunities to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, shad and a variety of warm water species. Management of the river and its fisheries is a responsibility shared by state, federal and tribal agencies.
Columbia River FUN FACTS and Research Opportunities
- The Columbia River is the fourth-largest river in the United States by volume, the Columbia has the greatest flow of any North American river entering the Pacific.
- The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
- The river is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven US states and a Canadian province.
- The Columbia River watershed provides habitat for 609 known fish and wildlife species, including the bull trout, bald eagle, gray wolf, grizzly bear, and Canada lynx.
- The historical significance of the Columbia River spans thousands of years in which humans have interacted with the river ecosystem.
- Humans have inhabited the Columbia River Basin for more than 15,000 years, with a transition to a sedentary lifestyle based mainly on salmon beginning about 3,500 years ago.
- Many different Native Americans and First Nations peoples have a historical and continuing presence on the Columbia.
- Lesson Plans & Activities for Teachers Pacific Northwest Coastal Indians in Olden Times for Kids
- The Colville, Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Yakama, Nez Perce, Cayuse, Palus, Umatilla, Cowlitz, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs live along the US stretch. Along the upper Snake River and Salmon River, the Shoshone Bannock tribes are present. The Sinixt or Lakes people lived on the lower stretch of the Canadian portion, while above that the Shuswap people (Secwepemc in their own language) reckon the whole of the upper Columbia east to the Rockies as part of their territory. The Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin outlines the traditional homelands of the Canadian Kootenay–Ktunaxa.
- The first documented European discovery of the Columbia River was that of Bruno de Heceta, who in 1775 sighted the river’s mouth.
- American captain Robert Gray and British captain George Vancouver, who explored the river in 1792, proved that it was possible to cross the Columbia Bar (system of bars and shoals at the mouth of the Columbia River).
- The Columbia River was given the name it bears today in May 1792, by American Captain Robert Gray, after his ship, the Columbia Rediviva.
Websites with LOTS of FUN FACTS