Created 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. Here, 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.
Many of these projects can be found in the Aquatic Invasive Species Menace to the West Toolkit, which is a set of fun, challenging, and inspiring lessons and activities that build on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) principles and are designed to help kids understand what invasive species are, how they affect the environment, and what we can all do about them. The toolkit contains lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, a species resource guide and a species activity guide. The toolkit highlights aquatic invasive species that are relevant for students on the west coast, including California, Washington, and Oregon.
We hope these examples will be helpful in developing an invasive species unit in your classroom, raising awareness in your community, or to simply be inspired by outstanding student projects! Browse through the student projects and lesson plans by clicking on the list in the column to your right. We encourage teachers to use this website as a forum of discussion for teachers to share ideas and class projects as well as ask for advice on future lessons.
For more information about the WISE Program or to share a recent class project involving live plants and animals or invasive species, please contact Program Coordinator Tania Siemens, tania.siemens (at) oregonstate.edu