Invaders Make Bad Neighbours: teaching students about invasive species

Did you know invasive species are the second largest threat to global diversity after habitat loss? In their new ecosystems, invasive species become predators, competitors, parasites, hybridizers, and diseases of our native and domesticated plants and animals. Invasive species affect everyone. But the good news is that we can all be part of the solution once we have a better understanding of the issue. In BC, there are people in every community that can support teachers and students in exploring and learning about invasive species. Jacquie and Lisa will present an engaging workshop to introduce you to invasive species and their impacts. We will provide ideas for opportunities to include indigenous knowledge and perspectives. This workshop will tell you about specific activities and projects and how they link to the BC curriculum. We will provide information on resources and how to access to “ready to go” activities. It is our goal to share our ideas on how to connect with specialists in your community. We intend to demonstrate how this subject is a perfect fit for project-based learning. Here is a list of what we intend to cover during our time with you: • Introduction to invasive plants and animals. • Showcase activities with curriculum links. • Show you where to find FREE resources and support from specialists. • Fun Activity – you’ll need paper and pencil, colouring pencils or markers Participants will be provided a one-page hand out with websites, information and a variety of activities.

Target Audience

Middle School (6-8), Grades 4-7 are the key grade levels but our topic easily applies to Elementary too.

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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  • Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society
    Jacquie Rasmussen

    Did you know invasive species are the second largest threat to global diversity after habitat loss? In their new ecosystems, invasive species become predators, competitors, parasites, hybridizers, and diseases of our native and domesticated plants and animals. Invasive species affect everyone. But the good news is that we can all be part of the solution once we have a better understanding of the issue. In BC, there are people in every community that can support teachers and students in exploring and learning about invasive species. Jacquie and Lisa will present an engaging workshop to introduce you to invasive species and their impacts. We will provide ideas for opportunities to include indigenous knowledge and perspectives. This workshop will tell you about specific activities and projects and how they link to the BC curriculum. We will provide information on resources and how to access to “ready to go” activities. It is our goal to share our ideas on how to connect with specialists in your community. We intend to demonstrate how this subject is a perfect fit for project-based learning. Here is a list of what we intend to cover during our time with you: • Introduction to invasive plants and animals. • Showcase activities with curriculum links. • Show you where to find FREE resources and support from specialists. • Fun Activity – you’ll need paper and pencil, colouring pencils or markers Participants will be provided a one-page hand out with websites, information and a variety of activities.

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  • Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society
    Lisa Scott