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Turtle drawing from Glencoe High presentation

Students at Hilsboro's Glencoe High spun a tale about an adventurous young turtle to introduce young audiences to the threats posed by invasive species.

Aquatic Invasive Species Toolkit

for k-12 teachers and their students

Invasive species are organisms that are introduced from somewhere else and take over the environment. They cause problems for other plants, animals, and people. Invasive species often have physical traits that enable them to reproduce and spread rapidly and outcompete native species for resources. And invasive species often have physical traits that make them difficult to control.

The Aquatic Invasive Species Toolkit is a comprehensive set of fun, challenging, inspiring lessons and activities designed to help kids understand what invasive species are, how they affect the environment, and what we can all do about them.

Sea Grant programs and k-12 teachers in Oregon, Washington and California have collaborated to create and share these resources for teaching students and the larger public about invasive species and how to prevent or stop their spread.

We plan to post several of those projects here on the Web. In the meantime, here's a sample:

Tools you can use


Originally created using a variety of different computer programs, these presentations have been recreated as Adobe Flash slideshows for quick downloading and easy access on the Web. Text versions serve as narrative scripts for the slideshows, and also make the content accessible to the visually impaired. Download the free Flash player here.

More teacher and student-developed projects can be found and downloaded at http://invasivespecies101.wordpress.com

Fact sheets and activity guides

from Oregon Sea Grant

Teacher Lesson Plans

See also: AIS publications

Note: Accessible versions are plain-text HMTL files without illustrations, suitable for use with screen-readers and other accessiblity devices. They are also faster to download for those on slow Internet connections.


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Last updated: March 11, 2011