There are many great resources available for educators and youth to learn about invasive species in BC. Click on the blue titles to download the files.
Guides for Educators
Agriculture is an important industry in the Cariboo, and invasive species are a big problem to producers. A changing climate may increase their spread, and even allow new species to move into the region. These activities explore invasive species, their impacts, and actions we can take to prevent their spread! If you are not located in the Cariboo, you can still easily adapt these activities for anywhere in BC.
This guide was developed to provide a range of activities that inform, engage and inspire participants to take action again invasive species in British Columbia. The activities are suitable for use in both formal school programs and 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 of them can be adapted to suit almost any age and audience.
This resource contains a range of activities to help students and youth groups learn about invasive species and their impacts, and ways we can all help prevent their spread. They are primarily focused on aquatic invasive species but can be adapted for any invasive species exploration. Activiites are suitable for both formal school programs and informal youth groups, camps and recreation programming. Activities are listed with suggested age and grade categories, with most adaptable to suit any age and audience.
Youth Activities in "Agriculture, Invasive Species and the Cariboo - Take Action! - Youth Activity Guide"
- Colour the Invasive Species
- Invasive Species on the Move Activity
- True Armyworm Lifecycle Activity
- Weedy Scavenger Hunt
- Who am I - Most Unwanted Activity
Select Youth Activities in "Take Action Against Invasive Species - An Educator's Guide"
- Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt
- Build a Fairy Garden… Invasive-Free!
- Pressing Invasive Plants
- UN-Wanted Poster Template
- Design a Native Plant Garden
Create Your Own Field Guide Educational Activity - Indigenous Resource (ages 12-18)
Past Present Future Educational Activity - Indigenous Resource (ages 10-18)
Native Species Word Search - click here for the answers
Invasive Species Crossword - click here for the answers
Resources For Grade Levels
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)
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!
Fun activities for grades 3-6 that involve learning about invasive plants through coloring, word searches, a crossword, weedy widget, dodecahedron, and more!
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.
Check out the following resources produced by other organizations.
This guide is produced by the Girl Guides of Canada BC Program Committee
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.
A colouring book with activities and games that outlines biological control that was developed by Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.
A fun, alien-themed, interactive website that contains resources for teachers, online mapping tools and invasive species profiles.