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

Aquatic Species


Aquatic Nuisance Species Information and Education Materials Relevant to the Great Lakes Basin: Recommendations and Descriptive Inventory (Aug 1997)
Great Lakes Commission.
Approved by the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

State Government

Aquatic Invasive Species Education Project
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


Invasive Species Resources - Curricula & Classroom Activities
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. Louisiana Marine Education Resources.

Marine Bioinvaders - Educational Resources: Information for Students and Teachers
MIT. Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources.

Aquatic Invader Toolkit
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
Prepared by: National Sea Grant College Program; Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The Aquatic Invaders (AI) tool kit is designed as a comprehensive package for educators in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member institutions to present an innovative, engaging and information program. The goal is to clarify basic components of the invasive species problem in the United States and to explain nonindigenous species.

Nab the Aquatic Invader - Be a Sea Grant Super Sleuth
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
Age range is third grade and up. It's a fun way to learn about aquatic invaders. By using this site you can check out lots of unusual species that create real problems in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions.

NY's Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange - Aquatic Invasive Species Activities
New York Sea Grant.

Watershed and Invasive Species Education
Oregon Sea Grant.
WISE offers teacher trainings, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Based curriculum, and on-going teacher engagement in a community for learning and teaching about emerging watershed issues. Since launched started in 2007, the program has trained more than 70 teachers, reaching more than 4,500 students who have completed more than 50 stewardship projects.

Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species and Climate Change K-12 Curriculum
Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
Pennsylvania and New York Sea Grants worked together with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to compile 10 lesson plans focusing on the potential interactions between aquatic invasive species and the changing climate.

Aquatic Invasive Species: A Handbook for Education Efforts (2005; PDF | 3.91 MB)
University of Wisconsin. Sea Grant.
See also: Calumet Environmental Research Center - Invasive Species for more resources


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Aquatic Plants


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

Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative & Curriculum
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.
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.

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Aquatic Animals

Federal Government

The Lionfish Invasion! - For Teachers
DOC. NOAA. National Ocean Service Education.
Get the latest invasive lionfish ideas for the classroom, printable materials, links to lesson plans, online resources for teachers, quizzes, student guides, and more,


Invasion of an Exotic Species: Stop the Zebra Mussel
Virginia Sea Grant. Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Activities and Resources for Grades 8-12

Mussel Bound: The Zebra Mussel Invasion
Rice University. Center for Research on Parallel Computation.
The "Web of Life Game" actively demonstrates to students the impact zebra mussels have in a native river environment. Requires creating game pieces for the board game.
Marcella Dawson, GirlTECH '96

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