ISCBC has been hard at work delivering a new program for youth in BC. The Invasive-Wise Youth Challenge inspires youth to take action to create healthy landscapes and communities free of invasive species. The program incorporates educational and outdoor components, with youth initially learning about invasive species through interactive activities. These activities teach children about the negative impacts of invasives, identification skills, and simple ways they can help stop the spread of invasive species in their communities. Youth groups are then encouraged to adopt a community green space to make it invasive free!
The Invasive-wise Youth Challenge was designed to complement the school curriculum for a variety of ages, and educators can deliver it themselves or invite a guest speaker to join their class. Tatla Lake Elementary-Junior Secondary School was the first school to complete the challenge in BC, and 4 other youth groups have successfully completed the program to date.
“Thanks so much for coming up to do the Weed Pull with us. It was a great day! The students enjoyed it immensely and felt they accomplished a lot.” – Karen Fyles, Bouchie Lake Elementary School
“My students learned the value of teamwork, which is something that we’ve been working on all year! It was great to see my class working together to dig up burdock, thistle, and goatsbeard.” – Ms Watkinson, Grade 7, Lake City Secondary School.
For more information about the Invasive-wise Youth Challenge, please contact Camille Roberts, Extension Coordinator with ISCBC.