Raising awareness among youth is an important step to preventing the spread of invasives in the region. CSISS in partnership with the Invasive Species Council of BC can provide educational resources and activities that fit well in the prescribed BC Learning Objectives.
On this page:
- Invasive Species Education Sessions
- Educational Resources
- Classroom Pets- Don’t Let it Loose
Invasive Species Education Sessions
Teacher Training – Pro D
CSISS now offers Pro-D Day Teacher Training. Find out what invasive species are threatening your local biodiversity, what you can do to help, and learn how to link invasive species to your classroom and tie into the curriculum. Pro D-Day Training comes complete with power point, hands-on activities and an outdoor plant ID session. Training sessions are suitable for elementary, middle and secondary school classes and sessions run approximately a half day in length. Please contact CSISS to book your Pro-D Day session.
Invasive Species Field Trip
Organize a weed pull or restoration event with your class to take action and protect our native biodiversity. Invasive species and native biodiversity are important themes tied to the BC curriculum. Take your class or youth group outside to identify invasive plants/species, and organize a weed pull or restoration event in the Columbia Shuswap region. CSISS staff will help you find a site for your event, provide you with work gloves and some tools, and a staff person to help guide the field trip.
To view our power point presentation click here: School Presentation with Jeopardy
To view our workshop activity sheet click here: Invasive Species Workshop Follow Up Activities
For more information, please CONTACT US.
Invasive Species Council Activity Sheets
On the ISCBC Education website there are activity sheets for Primary, Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary grade levels!
See the Youth Games and Activities Page for more information.
- Invasive Species in Our Waters
- Invasive Species on Our Landscapes
- ISCBC Invader Crusaders
- Bionic Bob- Couring Book
Youth Activity Websites
Invasive species are a real threat to BC’s amazing natural environment. With the right education about invasive species early on, we can hope our youth will hit the ground running. These fun games, video and activities for kids help break down the issues around invasive species and their impacts.
- Royal BC Museum: Aliens Among Us
A fun, alien-themed, interactive website. It contains resources for teachers, online mapping tools and invasive species profiles. See: http://alienspecies.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/
- Activity Sheets: Meet the Invaders!
A US-based set of activity sheets for teachers who want to integrate the topic of invasive plants into the classroom curriculum. Based out of the US, but easily adaptable to BC Prescribed Learning Outcomes.
Do you have a classroom pet?
Ensure your classroom pet isn’t an invasive species and never release your unwanted pets into the wild. Some exotic pets are able to thrive and reproduce in their new environment. Once established, they can take over their new habitat, reducing native populations and changing the structure of the ecosystem.
British Columbia is now home to several introduced invasive pet and plant species, including:
- Red Eared Slider Turtle
- American Bullfrog
- Eurasian Watermilfoil
- Parrot Feather
- European Rabbit
- Brazilian Elodea
- Koi Carp
Do you use animals for scientific classes?
American bullfrogs (often used as dissection animals) are one of the world’s 100 worst invaders! The Columbia Shuswap does not have these invaders yet, please do not use them or release them to the wild.
- Do you have a pet snake? Remember Don’t Let it Loose! For snake re-homing and adoptions please contact Phil’s Noodle Pit in Cranbrook BC.