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Invasive Species Research Conference

Turning Science into Action! Co-hosted by Thompson Rivers University and the Invasive Species Council of BC. learn more »

Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »


There are many great resources available for educators and youth to learn about invasive species in BC: 

Attention Teachers! Enjoy these resources for each grade level: 

  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Primary (PDF)
  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Elementary (PDF)
  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Intermediate (PDF)
  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Secondary (PDF)


  • Youth Activity: Musical Mussels (Grade 2-5) (PDF)
  • Youth Activity: Aquarium Poster (Grade 3-5) (PDF)
  • Youth Activity: Native / Invasive Plants for K-4 (PDF


Educational Activities and Resources - for teachers and other educators. Activities are suitable for use in both formal school programs, as well as for informal youth groups, camps and recreation programming, and can be done in any sequence. The activities are listed with suggested age / grade categories, but most can be adapted to suit almost any age and audience. Choose an activity to do every day of the week!

Invader Ranger Youth Activity Book - fun activities for grades 3-6 that involve learning about invasive plants through coloring, word searches, a crossword, weedy widget, dodecahedron, and more! 

Invasives in the Classroom - a practical teacher’s guide (otherwise termed ‘Educators’ Library’) of resources that offers a great selection of learning units, background information, videos, and activities to teach students about invasive species. The learning units are designed to compliment the Grade 4 Life Sciences Integrated Resource Plans for BC. There are ecosystem descriptions for five generalized ecosystems in BC: Grasslands, Temperate Rain Forest, Montane Forest, Northern Forest, and Lakes, Rivers, and Wetlands. In addition, there are 37 invasive plant and seven invasive animal species profile sheets that include pictures. There are also 26 profiles for native plant species. Each profile contains detailed information on a specific species.

Invasives in the Classroom: British Columbia Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Grades 1-7 - this handout outlines the guide’s activities, which are adaptable to all elementary and middle school levels, and relevant to Science, Social Studies and Math. 

Bionic Bob Colouring Book - A colouring book with activities and games that outlines biological control that was developed by Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.

Royal BC Museum: Aliens Among Us - A fun, alien-themed, interactive website that contains resources for teachers, online mapping tools and invasive species profiles. 

Project UFO - Great resource with a fun online Kid’s Space. Project UFO (Unidentified Foreign Organisms) is a collaborative initiative in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, between scientists, research assistants, and students at Cape Breton University (CBU) and Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton to increase public awareness about the invasive alien species that threaten our regional ecosystems. 

Invasives: Plants on the Move - A U.S. based on-line teaching resource for teachers who want to integrate the topic of invasive plants into the classroom curriculum that is adaptable to BC Prescribed Learning Outcomes.