The West Coast Partners Watersheds and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Program

The WISE Program offers teacher trainings, curricula, the WISE Blog and ongoing teacher engagment in a community for learning and teaching about emerging watershed issues. Join WISE by contacting WISE_Seagrant@oregonstate.edu

Resources from Oregon

  • STEM Learning through tsunamis - The Coastal Engineering Design and Watershed and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Education Module uses Ocean Science Systems as pathways to stimulate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to guide students in decision making. Students immerse themselves in STEM through understanding the causes and consequences of a natural disaster such as a tsunami or bioinvasion, learn about their risks and explore choices and consequences of responses to and preparation for tsunami hazards. 

  • Willamette Water 2100 - Future of Water in the Willamette Basin
  • StreamWebs is an online watershed database and stewardship application, supported by Oregon Sea Grant and designed to provide K-12 classrooms with the tools to conduct authentic, hands-on watershed monitoring and restoration projects. StreamWebs offers teachers a path to bridge field experiences back to the classroom, using StreamWebs' data input and analysis tools to compare their data with other schools across Oregon. A number of StreamWebs science and water monitoring kits are available for teachers in western Oregon to check out and use in their field classes, including data sheets students can use to record field data they can share with other classrooms via the StreamWebs database.
  • K-12 Water Wits curriculum, sponsored by the Oregon State Marine Board, encourages awareness and responsible use of aquatic and marine resources and goes beyond traditional boating and water safety education to include stewardship messages and scientific principles. The program is designed to be interdisciplinary, academically rigorous, interactive and student-led.​

  • The Oregon Coast STEM Hub promotes integrated science, technology, engineering and math education and serves coastal teachers, students and communities. 

Resources from Washington

  • K-12 Resources from Washington Sea Grant, including how Washington teachers can check out a Menace to the West toolkit.

Resources from California:

  • Coastal Ecosystems curricula from University of Southern California Sea Grant, including how California teachers can check out a Menace to the West toolkit.

Additional classroom resources from around the country:

  • Nab the Aquatic Invader and the Aquatic Species Toolkit - Online activities and teacher resources from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant provide a fun way for students of all ages to learn about aquatic invasive species in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf and Great Lakes regions. Developed in collaboration with other Sea Grant programs around the country, including Oregon Sea Grant.
  • Louisiana Sea Grant offers downloadable teacher materials about invasive plants and animals in their region.
  • Attack Packs full of invasive species ID guides and information, from Wisconsin Sea Grant.
  • What Is an Invasive Species? from NOAA's National Ocean Service.
  • K-12 resources on invasive species from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Learning Landscapes - Classroom resources about non-native plants and weeds, from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
  • Science Friday - Invasive Species Archives from this popular NPR science program.