Symposium Information

2024 River Restoration Symposium:

February 5th - 9th

Short Courses on Monday February 5th
Field Trip on Friday February 9th


We are happy to announce the 22nd annual River Restoration Northwest Symposium!

Each year RRNW hosts researchers, scientists and field professionals from the Pacific Northwest and beyond to share knowledge and collaborate on the latest in River Restoration practices and research. This unique event seeks to share knowledge across disciplines and takes a holistic approach to river restoration at a one of a kind location with breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge. Networking is a key component of the symposium with participants having plenty of time to collaborate and be inspired.

We greatly appreciate RRNW’s amazing sponsors for their ongoing support which helps keep event registration costs affordable. Finally, we encourage everyone to spread the word about taking advantage of RRNW’s Student Internship and Klingeman Professional Stipend Fund programs offered to help cover Symposium registration costs.


Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Symposium; however, the symposium sold in early December and our waitlist is full as well. We’re sorry we cannot accommodate any other registrants this year but hope that you will be able to attend in 2025. No walk-in registrants will be accepted.


You can still sign up for short courses!


A Heartfelt Thanks and Symposium Update

As we begin 2024, we hope this message finds you well and filled with the same energy and enthusiasm we've received from all of you following our recent registration opening for the Symposium. The interest and support increased substantially this year! This year's Symposium sold out earlier than ever, surpassing our previous sellout date by several weeks. While this achievement is a testament to the growing interest and engagement within our community, we're also aware of the challenges it has posed for some members, particularly those in government or organizations with necessary approval processes.

Our Symposium team and the board have been diligently working to address these challenges, trying to ensure everyone who wishes to have access to Symposium information has the opportunity to do so. We recognize the importance of inclusivity and transparency in our processes, and we're committed to learning from this experience to enhance and improve the registration process for next year. As we navigate this increased interest, we want to remind you that presentation slides from the Symposium will be posted on our website after the event. While it may not be the same as being there in person, it's hopefully the next best thing. We encourage you to explore the materials, reach out to presenters with your thoughts and questions, and contribute to the ongoing dialogue that enriches our community of practice.

Once again, thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm. Together, we continue to learn, grow, and make a positive impact on our shared mission.

Please contact Peggy McCormick to register for a short course at:



Learn, share, and grow with full and half day courses.



Invited speakers and colleagues present in 12 different session areas (including a Poster session) throughout the week



The 2024 Invited Speakers are Rukaiyah Adams (Portland, OR), Daniel Schindler (Seattle, WA), and Jack Schmidt (Logan, UT).



Visit a recently restored site with the project sponsors and designers to discuss project goals, challenges and outcomes.



"Skamania" is the Chinook Indian word for "swift water". The Columbia River Gorge hotel is aptly named, as it overlooks the majestic Columbia River that divides Oregon and Washington. There are also over 70 waterfalls nearby, including the famous Multnomah Falls, which at 620 feet, is the fifth highest waterfall in the United States. 45 minutes from Portland, the lodge offers 258 guest rooms, a 22,000 square foot conference and event center, an 18-hole, par 70 golf course, spa and fitness center. The fitness center includes two Peloton bikes, top of the line Precor fitness equipment, an indoor heated swimming pool, dry saunas and indoor and outdoor whirlpools. Adjacent to the lodge is a fitness course, volleyball and hiking trails.


RRNW will be introducing a pilot mentorship program connected to the 2024 Symposium. The purpose is for early career professionals to be connected with insights and guidance of ‘more experienced’ individuals in our community. Mentor-mentee programs play a vital role in transferring knowledge, supporting personal and professional development, fostering networking opportunities, building confidence, broadening perspectives, and promoting retention and engagement in our fields. These programs can have a lasting impact on mentees' and mentors' lives, both personally and professionally.


Applications will be open through December 15, 2023.


Are you a river restoration professional interested in attending the River Restoration Northwest’s Annual Symposium at Skamania Lodge in Washington in February 2024? Do you work for a non-profit, tribe or First Nation, or resource conservation district? Do you belong to an underrepresented community in this field? If so, you may be eligible for the Peter Klingeman Scholarship Program.


The Peter Klingeman Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity for individuals from underrepresented communities to attend the River Restoration Northwest Annual Symposium, which will take place February 6-8, 2024 at Skamania Lodge, WA. The scholarship covers the full cost of registration, travel, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the symposium.


Applications will be open November 1 through November 29, 2023. More information, including how to apply, can be found here.


Are you a student interested in attending the River Restoration Northwest’s Annual Symposium at Skamania Lodge in Washington in February 2024? If so, please consider applying for the Student Internship Program to assist in putting on the premier stream restoration symposium on the West Coast. The Internship Program is a great opportunity for resume boosting, networking and professional development. 


You will receive free registration to the symposium and all lodging and meals will be covered. All you have to do is get there!  Interns are expected to be on-site Sunday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. 


Applications will be open November 1 through November 29, 2023.



There are many benefits to sponsoring our symposium.




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