Impact the Invasive Species Curve


Non-native, alien and exotic are terms we use to describe life forms dwelling outside their natural geographic range. Some of these species are benign. Others are harmful and take a huge toll on wildlife and human habitat. Any non-native species that lives and grows where it is unwelcome and causes ecological harm is considered invasive.

Educating youth about invasive species is a critical part of national conservation efforts to raise awareness about this issue, curb the spread of invasive species, and restore native species. The learning activities in this kit do just that, with hands-on, inquiry-based experiences and an avenue for students to learn basic skills and deepen knowledge of academic subjects, including geography, history and language arts.

We trust that your students will take these lessons to heart and become lifelong conservationists who make responsible decisions and help meet the challenges of invasive species and other ecological threats.

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Learning Objectives

Students will:

  1. Distinguish between invasive, non-native, and native species.
  2. Become aware of the ecological value of native animals and plants.
  3. Understand that invasive species are affecting ecosystems nationwide and harming native wildlife and habitats.
  4. Identify invasive animals and plants in their region and understand their ecological impacts.
  5. Trace the origins of non-native species, how they entered Canada, and how they spread from one region to another.
  6. Recognize how human actions can encourage or discourage the spread of invasive species.
  7. Develop a sense of ecological stewardship through hands-on conservation projects.
  8. Grasp the significance of the “restoration cycle,” from awareness to action to recovery of areas damaged by invasive species.

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