Stop the Invasion

Stewardship—Stop the Invasion

Summary: Aquatic invasive species are a big problem, but there are actions students can take that make a difference. Whether through mapping and reporting invasive species, participating in invasive species removal projects, or through educating the public, students help stop the spread of invasive species.

Concepts to teach: Invasive species, early detection rapid response, community service

Goals: Students are empowered to help stop the spread of invasive species.

Standards:
S6.3S.2, S7.3S.2, S8.3S.2

Specific Objectives:

  1. Make and carry out a plan of action to address a particular type of invasive species present in the local area.
  2. Work with other organizations in the community to address invasive species issues.

Activity Links and Resources:

  • Review the Invasive Species Impacts topic guide
  • WISE project examples—Search this website to see how various WISE teachers have conducted field stewardship projects with students. See examples of early reporting data forms.
  • Get involved with an ongoing invasive species stewardship project by contacting a local organization to see what volunteer opportunities might be available.
    • The SOLVE Invasive Plants page links to current volunteer projects available and guidance for starting new projects
    • Search OWEB to find your local watershed council
  • Share surveys and maps of invasive species occurrence with land managers, city officials, and through invasive species reporting websites.
  • Oregon Coast Quests
    • Make a Quest similar to the D River Invasive Species Quest (now retired)
    • Students convey what they have learned about local invasive species and prevention through an interpretive walking guide for the public.

Assessment:

  • Describe an effective way to reduce the spread or impact of an invasive species found in the local environment.
  • Search for examples of student work samples on the right side of the Invasive Species 101 website.