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Provides general educational resources for students K-12 for invasive species. Refer to Outreach Tools for resources created to assist in increasing awareness of invasive species issues. See other sections for species specific information:


Council or Task Force

Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (Canada).

Federal Government

ARS Launches Redesigned Kids Site (Jun 7, 2010)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Sci4Kids, an educational website operated by the Agricultural Research Service now has a new look and "feel." The website, which is primarily geared to youngsters aged 8-13, offers a "Teachers' Desk" loaded with classroom resources and activities designed to stimulate kids' learning about agricultural research. New features include: Images of Ag Research," a captioned slideshow depicting science in action, from a dive-bombing fly that's forcing fire ants to take cover, to parasitic tapeworms "pickled" in a jar.

Hungry Pests - Educator Tools
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Access a variety of curricula designed to make youth aware of invasive species and the damage they cause. There are lessons and resources – for both classroom and outdoors – that engage students in the process of discovery.

Hungry Pests - Kid's Activities
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Youth can play a role in protecting our nation’s crops, forests, parks and trees from hungry pests! Enjoy games and activities while learning about invasive species, and ways to help stop their spread.

Wild Things: Investigating Invasive Species (Educator's Guide Grades 6-8) (2012; PDF | 1.79 MB)
DOI.Fish and Wildlife Service.

Educator Resources: Invasive Species
DOI. National Park Service.

Natural Inquirer / Invasive Species Edition
USDA. FS. Conservation Education.
The Natural Inquirer is a science education resource journal to be used with learners from grade 5 and up. The Natural Inquirer contains articles describing environmental and
natural resource research conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service scientists and their cooperators. These are scientific journal articles that have been reformatted to meet the needs of middle school students. The articles are easy to understand, are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, contain glossaries, and include hands-on activities.
The goal of the Natural Inquirer is to stimulate critical reading and thinking about scientific inquiry and investigation while learning about ecology, the natural environment, and natural resources.

Non-native Invasive Species Learning Kit
USDA. FS. Eastern Region.
Interactive Non-native Invasive Species learning kits are available to educate pre-school to adult groups about non-native invasive plants and animals.

U.S. Forest Service Makes Learning about Invasive Species Easy for Kids (Apr 24, 2014)
USDA. Blog.
The Insects Invade Teacher's package is an educational product to help build awareness among elementary school children (4th and 5th graders) on the issue of invasive insects. It includes 30 copies of a 12-page full color magazine called "Insects Invade", a teacher's page that has two lesson plans as well as a comment card for feedback. The magazine was developed in conjection with Scholastic, Inc.
See also: Insects Invade Samples (Scholastic.com)

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State Government

Michigan Invasive Species - Education and Outreach
State of Michigan.
Includes section for Classroom and Community Resources

Environmental Education for Kids - Alien Invaders
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Florida Agriculture and Non-native Species (PDF | 812 KB)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Aquaculture.

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Classroom Resources: Searchable Table of Lesson Plans
Michigan State University. W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.
Lesson plans are searchable using "invasive" as a keyword.

Education Products
Illinios-Indiana College Sea Grant Program.
Includes educational materials (K-12) as well as general outreach materials.

Environmental Inquiry - Invasive Species
Cornell University.
Published by: National Science Teachers Association Press.
Authentic Scientific Research for High School Students; consists of a student edition and teacher's guide designed to enable high school students to carry out authentic research.

IPM Curriculum K-6 - Exploring School Integrated Pest Managment: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-6
Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.
This curriculum provides background information, hands-on activities, worksheets and links to additional sites that teachers can utilize to engage students in formal and informal real-world settings. While some of the lessons build on previous learning, most of the lessons can stand-alone. IPM can be used as a theme in the classroom for an entire year, or as enrichment to regular classroom activities.

Integrated Pest Management Curriculum for Connecticut
University of Connecticut. Integrated Pest Management.
Includes separate curriculum for Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8.
These curricula are intended to illustrate the application of the science, math and language arts taught in our schools to solving the environmental and human health problems facing society and to introduce the concepts of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to the younger generation.

Invasive Species 101
Oregon Sea Grant Extension. Watershed and Invasive Species Education.
Produced by: Oregon Sea Grant Extension WISE Program (Watershed and Invasive Species Education), this site is for those interested in invasive species education and raising awareness about invasive species in their local watershed. You will find many different kinds of invasive species projects from creative teachers and students that participate in the WISE Program, including lesson plans, power points, public outreach materials, and stewardship projects.

Louisiana Marine Education Resources - Invasive Species
Louisiana Sea Grant.

Nonindigenous Species Activities for Youth
Mississippi State University. Extension Service.

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Educators' Resource Corner: Invasive Species
Environmental Education in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education wants to help educators learn all about invasive species! This selection of resources for teaching about invasive species includes K-12 teaching guides, DVDs/videos, books for youth & adults, and web resources.

Global Environmental Change: Introduced Species
National Science Teachers Association.
This book is the fourth installment in the Global Environmental Change series created by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency. The information and activities are written for grades 9-12. The book can be ordered online through NSTA.

Publications and Educational Resources - Invasive Species
Tampa Bay Estuary Program (Florida).
See also: Teachers section for more resources

Real-life Aliens: Introduced Species (May 2002; PDF | 79 KB)
Includes two original lessons for the high school to undergraduate level. Both lessons examine issues stemming from introduced and invasive species. Activities include gathering statistical information about local invasives and interviewing animal and plant inspection personnel at an international airport.
See also: Educator Resources for more resources

Strange Days on Planet Earth - For Educators
Public Broadcasting Service; National Geographic Society.
Provides learning resources for environmental educators, at locations such as environmental education camps, zoos and aquariums, parks and wildlife refuges, as well as middle-school classrooms. Services will be available for free online and will include an in-depth educators' guide, video clips, a glossary, interviews, printable educational materials, episode summaries, and weblinks. All of the activities are peer reviewed, correlated to national education standards and conform to the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (K-12).

Stop the Invasion Fact Sheet Set
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
With the Stop the Invasion Fact Sheet Set, students will read about six different invasive species, the damage they cause and how to stop their spread. The accompanying lessons and activities are aligned to California Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. This resource was funded through a Specialty Crop Block grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

General Educational Resources (non-invasive related)

Elementary Schools
Elementary Schools.org.
List of all public elementary schools and private elementary schools within the country as well as various statistics.

High Schools
Includes data on thousands of public and private high schools in the U.S. Extensive listing of high schools by city and state and school search tools. School data on each and every high school in the U.S., including enrollment and student/teacher ratios, as well as school address and contact information.

K-12 Teaching and Learning Center (requires subscription)
K-12 Teaching and Learning Center.

Statistical Abstract - Education
Includes data primarily concerning formal education as a whole, at various levels, and for public and private schools. Data shown relate to the school-age population and school enrollment, educational attainment, education personnel, and financial aspects of education. In addition, data are shown for charter schools, computer usage in schools, distance education, and adult education.

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