River Training Center

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The River Management Society’s River Training Center (RTC), established in 2018, supports the effective management and stewardship of North American rivers by providing training for professionals and volunteers who study, protect, and manage them. Online and in-person training workshops on various river-related topics are targeted towards river managers, river advocates and businesses who conduct work projects in or around rivers. The RTC has a special emphasis on Wild and Scenic River management for both agency and public audiences.


To provide timely and effective training materials, programs and opportunities that improve the quality, consistency and capacity of river management.

  1. To be a valued contributor to advancing the River Management Society mission.
  2. To ensure river management professionals, their organizations and partners have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage river resources.
  3. To ensure a diverse pool of students and transitional professionals are aware of and well prepared for success in careers that support and advance river management.
  4. To ensure the River Training Center brand is recognized and trusted by river managers, administrators and partners for its value in advancing professional river management practice and effectiveness.

Current Training Topics

All upcoming training events are postponed as we transition to virtual platforms. Details coming soon!
  • River Management Training Instructor Development
  • Wild and Scenic River Management
    • Wild and Scenic River Management Workshop for the Green River in Utah (Previously scheduled for April 21-23 in Price, UT.)
    • Comprehensive River Management Plan Workshop (Previously scheduled for June 23, 2020 in Van Buren, MO: Mark Twain National Forest, Eleven Point Wild & Scenic River CRMP Update)
    • Managing Wild and Scenic Rivers
    • Introduction to the River Access Planning Guide (Previously scheduled for October 19-21, 2020 in Simsbury, CT.) 
    • Conducting WSR Eligibility and Suitability Studies
    • Transportation Projects and Section 7 of the WSR Act 2(a) ii Rivers (Previously scheduled for November 3-4, 2020 in Redding, CA. To be rescheduled for April 2021).
  • Swiftwater Rescue for River Professionals and Working Safely in Swiftwater Settings
  • River Ranger Program Administration
  • Core Competencies for River Staff - 2020 Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute (Previously scheduled for May 18-22, 2020)
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers 101 - 2020 Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute (Previously scheduled for May 18-22, 2020)
  • 2021 River Management Symposium: Rescheduled to May 18-21, 2021 in Richmond, VA. 

River Training Center Videos

Watch training videos and discussions on various topics within the following categories: Recreation Management, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and River Studies & Leadership Certificate. We also have videos on featured topics like the River Access Planning Guide, Covid-19 and more.

RTC Video Training Channel

Contact Us:

Courses are scheduled by contract on an ongoing basis. Open enrollment training opportunities and other training related information is posted to the RMS calendar or can be found at the RMS River Training Center Facebook pageTo schedule a course for your organization or agency unit please contact:

Angie Fuhrmann
RMS River Training Center Coordinator
[email protected]