Math & Science

ALIEN INVADERS: All About Invasive Species (This course is closed for registrations)

Course No. SC416M, SC516M

Invasive non-native plants and animals are changing the landscape of the United States, coming in as a result of globalization of transportation and trade, and putting U.S. ecosystems and lands at an increasingly greater risk of damage due to invaders. Weeds take over important habitat areas for wildlife, devastating shelter and forage while reducing the diversity and quantity of native plants. Non-native animals out-compete endemic and native species for food and thereby upset the natural balance.

Teachers at all K-12 grade levels can integrate lessons on the cultural, historical, ecological and economic impact of invasive species into their curriculum. This course will provide field experiences in the region of choice and thereby enable teachers to become familiar with their local habitats and the threats of non-native species therein. 

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Have prepared a field journal of observations and discoveries to use as a basis for instructional planning as well as a reflection tool.
  2. Have developed drawings or taken photos of at least 12 non-native species of plants and/or animals that threaten their local ecosystems.
  3. Have observed first-hand the biological diversity of their local area and how these non-native species threaten the balance and complex ecology.
  4. Have talked with resource specialists to learn about the strategies they are using to eradicate invasives and their efforts to combat the threats they impose.   
  5. Have prepared lesson plans to use this information in classroom instruction.

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