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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 learn more »

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 »

Purple Loosestrife

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

Orange Hawkweed

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

BC Parks Online Training

Invasive Species in BC: An Online Course for BC Parks Staff, Volunteers and Contractors

Note: This course was updated in 2016 to include several new sections on vectors of spread, policies and regulations, and key actions to take.


This training course is for BC Parks staff, volunteers and contractors, and contains information, definitions, photos and regional lists of invasive species in BC. You must sign in to access the course webinar, participant package and optional course assessment documents. The course will take over an hour to complete, and you can control the slides at your leisure by scrolling downward as you proceed, or using the left and right arrows at the bottom left of the Adobe Connect meeting room to go slide-by-slide. There are questions throughout the material to help assess your progress: be sure to have a pencil and paper ready to answer them.

The course has the following sections:

  1. Section 1: Invasive Species: An Overview  - Definitions, characteristics and an ID quiz of invasive species
  2. Section 2: Invasive Species Impacts - Why invasive species are a problem; the importance of identifying, monitoring and management.
  3. Section 3: Invasive Species Introductions - Main pathways of entry of invasive species with a focus on BC Parks; where and how to look for and report them;
  4. Section 4: Management and Legislation for Invasive Species -provincial and BC Parks policies and best practices to prevent their entry and spread.
  5. Section 5: Invasive Species in your Region - Top species per BC Parks region
  6. Section 6: Actions: Prevent, Record and Report! - Key actions to take

The first two sections of the course focus on what invasive species are and why they are a problem. Participants who have taken the course previously, or feel they have a good understanding of these topics may choose to skip Sections 1 and 2 and start their review from Section 3 onwards, focusing on vectors of spread, key regional invasive species, regulations, and actions to prevent, manage and report.

Thank you for your interest in invasive species prevention!

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