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Contains links to educational tools useful for teaching K-12 students for invasive plant species, organized by type of organization. See Resource Library - K-12 Resources for general resources and other species.

Federal Government

Alien Invasions - Plants on the Move
Weed curriculum for grades K-12, or information for organizational education/outreach activities. Developed by BLM staff and a host of experts; pilot tested in schools throughout Oregon and now is ready to go. All lessons fit within existing mandated National Science Education Standards (NSES). Many activities integrate social studies, art, language arts, and math components. They combine invasive plant information within regularly scheduled NSES curriculum topics.

Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project
California State University - Monterey Bay. Watershed Institute.
Cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management - Ft. Ord Project Office, Watershed Institute CSUMB - Return of the Natives, Restoration Education Project, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Return of the Natives has assembled a four-part curriculum for educators who are part of the battle to save native plant communities from the threat of invasive weeds.

Invasive Species and the National Parks: An Introduction to the National Parks Invasive Weeds Curriculum, Integrating Invasive Weeds within Middle School Sciences
DOI. National Park Service.

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State Government

Weed Education: Clearing House of Weed Education Materials
California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Includes Education K-12 resources

Invaders of the Forest
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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University/Academic

Products and Educational Tools
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

  • Florida Education Initiative and Curriculum
    Provides educators with the information and resources they need to teach about the benefits of Florida's native plants and the harmful impacts that some invasive, non-native plants are having on our natural areas and neighborhoods. Includes four core modules with related lessons and accompanying materials useful in the classroom. Also see What's New for a sampling of seasonal items of interest and tools for teachers.

Kid's Journey to Understanding Weeds
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.
Consists of a video, classroom activities, and CD ROM program for third graders

Teaching Resources K-12
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.

Weed Models
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.
Lifelike artificial weed models of four of the most troublesome western weeds – yellow starthistle, knapweed, leafy spurge, and Dalmatian toadflax are available for education and outreach activities.

Junior Master Gardener and Operation Thistle
Texas A&M University. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

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International

Weedbuster Games and Activities
Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Australia).

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Organizations

Invasive Plants Take Root in Alaska Curriculum
Homer Soil and Water Conservation District.
This curriculum was designed for grades 9-12 and is intended to be a resource for educators to integrate into their classroom one of the most substantial threats to global biodiversity and agriculture alike - invasive species. The curriculum includes a variety of modules including labs and an online mapping exercise where students can check out local maps of invasive ornamental plants in Alaska. This program encourages students to delve into a locally-relevant, rapidly developing issue of invasive plants which are an increasing problem in Southcentral Alaska. The materials were developed for Kenai Peninsula science teachers but much of the material is appropriate for use state wide.

Invasive Exotic Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Outreach presentation intended to educate, inform and equip individuals about the issue of invasive exotic plants and the threat that they pose to natural areas of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Teacher Noxious Weed Curriculum
Whitehall High School (Montana). Montana War on Weeds.

Introduction to Weeds: What Are Weeds and Why Do We Care?
Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program.

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