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.
S6.3S.2, S7.3S.2, S8.3S.2
- Make and carry out a plan of action to address a particular type of invasive species present in the local area.
- 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.
- Share surveys and maps of invasive species occurrence with land managers, city officials, and through invasive species reporting websites.
- Oregon Coast Quests
- 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.