After learning about invasive species in the classroom, your students may be inspired to do something about it. Invasive species offer an incredible opportunity for connecting with community partners and engaging in a place-based stewardship project. 

  • The West Coast Sea Grant WISE Program is dedicated to supporting teachers from learning to action, and provides tools and resources for classrooms to take action in their community.
  • Watershed Warriors is a lesson plan that guides teachers and their classes through the first steps of understanding watershed threats and local needs. It will set you up to do a valuable and needed project in your local community. 
  • Stewardship Projects 101 is a quick guide to kick-starting a stewardship project with your students. Check out our Project Showcase site for examples of what other teachers have done. 

We also encourage you to explore StreamWebs, a dynamic networking platform that links students with locally based, hands-on, watershed stewardship projects, and provides a multimedia showcase for their project and data reports.

The WISE Program maintains a Stewardship Project Showcase database of what other teachers have done. Please browse them for ideas and inspiration.  

Fun project ideas: 

  • Create a brochure
  • Create comic strips featuring invasive species
  • Create a movie, video or animation
  • Look for and report invasive species in your community
  • Do classroom experiments on how to control invasives
  • Create a video game
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper
  • Survey your school on what they know about invasives
  • Write poems and host a recital
  • Create a Most Unwanted Poster to display at school
  • Create a board game
  • Write a skit and perform it with your class and your school
  • Write and illustrate a story book for kids
  • Set up a booth about invasive species at parent/teacher conference night

If you have a project you would like to submit for the showcase, or if you have any questions, please email WISE.seagrant@oregonstate.edu