The youth of the Confederated Tribes of the Rogue, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw class of (5-18yrs) created a collective “circle book” on invasive species. Circle books open in a circle and are therefore not linear, but represent the overlapping and interconnectedness of ideas. The approach was to pass out to each student a slip of paper that had one of the following four questions (see below in bold). Each student was asked to think about that question during the presentation. Then as the last activity, students were asked to share their ideas/answer to their question, and each student’s answer was written on a page of the circle book. Thus the circle book represents the collective thoughts, ideas, solution, and concerns from the youth.
Further outcome: the circle book can help to document students attitudes and values as they pertain to invasives and can therefore be a way of communicating the ideas and meaning to a larger audience.
How do invasive species impact things that are important to you?
Orion: Invasive species keep me from doing the things I want to do
Gabriel: The turtle might eat my pet fish!
Alhana: I want clean water, habitats, rivers, and estuaries for my friends.
What will you tell your family, friends, or elders about invasives?
Jimmy: They affect the survival chance of species in our ecosystem
D.J.: Some invasives were brought on purpose, some by accident. People can stop invasives.
Naomi: I like the turtle
Sierra: I will tell my family, friends, and elders that invasives can kill natives.
Brooklyn: Invasive species and kill native species
Jerrey: Try to stay ahead of the invaders.
Elizabeth: Invasive species can kill other animals
Rachel: If you see and invasive plant or animal, try to get rid of it
Olivia: Help animals, stay away from invaders
Vanessa: Stay away from invaders
What actions would you take to help stop invaders?
Corgan: I would poison the scotch broom so it is easier to cut down. I wish I had a red eared slider!
Morgan: Take the invasive species out
Kendall: Control invasives to protect squash and strawberries
Bridget: Build a wall to stop invasives
Samantha: Protect the Shinney field and the garden
Micheal: Help in the garden by removing invasives
Audrey: I would go and help people pull invasive species
Eagle: Kill it
Why do you want to control invasives at this particular site (what makes this site important)?
Jaid: Scotch broom took over our Shinney field!