ISAM Webinar: Invasive Species in the School

Date: May 26, 2021

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm PT

Overview: Join ISCBC’s education team to learn more about our new Invasive Species in the School program and walk away with lessons you can use in your classroom!

This new pilot program includes a free set of BC curriculum-linked lesson plans for grades 4-7 that you can use in your classroom or at home! Activities engage students in hands-on learning and provide knowledge, skills and opportunities to deepen their connection to biodiversity and community. We’ll focus on fun, hands-on activities that get your students outdoors this spring that can be done right in your backyard or a local park.

The lessons are supported by interactive online resources, videos and community science reporting tools, and inspire students to take action around environmental issues. Educators who implement some of the activities can book an invasive species expert to virtually visit the classroom to answer questions, interact with students and help plan field studies and/or restoration projects. After piloting, this online virtual program will be available to classrooms and educators across BC.

About the presenters:

Sue Staniforth is the Education and Outreach Manager with the Invasive Species Council of BC. As a biologist and educator, Sue brings to her work over 30 years of experience researching and writing curriculum on topics ranging from biodiversity to outdoor classrooms, facilitating professional development workshops and training industry professionals. Sue has been honoured to work with a number of Indigenous communities in BC, as well as stewardship groups provincially and nationally.

Stephanie Weinstein is the Education Lead with the Invasive Species Council of BC. She is a biologist and environmental educator with over 20 years of experience. Whether facilitating professional development workshops with teachers, exploring BC’s great outdoors with children, or developing curriculum-linked lesson plans and activities, she is passionate about connecting people to nature and inspiring them to learn about, care for, and take action to protect biodiversity.