How To Take Action

How to take action

Ready to make a difference in your local environment and community? Here are some ideas which make it easy for anyone to take action against invasive species, whether you’re ready to start your own community service project, excited to develop creative resources, or just keen to get outside and make a difference!

10 Hours

Complete the onboarding package

Learn about the invasive species council, watch a webinar, join the Facebook group, etc. (Youth volunteers)

1–5 Hours

Create a self-development plan

Identify your values, use those values to create goals, build timelines to describe how you will achieve those goals and use our volunteer program to help you complete your timeline.

2 Hours / Webinar

Watch a webinar

Visit ISCBC’s event page for upcoming webinars or watch recorded webinars in ISCBC’s webinar gallery.

1–4 Hours

Identify neighbourhood plants

Grab a plant ID book or download an app and start learning the basics of identifying plants! This includes names of plant features and seasonality. Record plant observations in your neighbourhood. 

1–4 Hours

Participate in a bioblitz

A bioblitz is a communal citizen science effort meant to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. Checkout this online Bioblitz Guide for more info!

1–4 Hours

Connect with your local community

Research local communities and organizations who are taking action against invasive species. Learn about what’s already being done near you, and think about how you can learn from and build on the work that is happening! Hint: your local municipality website is a great place to start.

10–25 Hours

Neighbourhood nature inventory

Start exploring your nearby greenspaces – a park, stream or even your backyard! Identify the surrounding plants, animals, and insects in your neighbourhood, measure their abundance. Keep record of the various species and continue to monitor to find out how the biodiversity or ecosystem around you is everchanging.

2 Hours

Learn about the Species at Risk Act

How does the Species at Risk Act work? Explore the list of species that are included in the act in British Columbia. If you’re looking to work in the environmental sector, this is something that often arises in interviews and screening processes. Check out the Species at Risk Act.

4–5 HOURS

Become Plantwise!

Read about our Plantwise program and discover how you can prevent the spread of invasive species in your own backyard. Share your newfound knowledge with friends and family so that they too can become Plantwise and help reduce the spread!

1+ Hours

Global invasives

Invasive species wreak havoc not just in BC but worldwide! Look up an invasive species in another country and share the info on social media.

1+ Hours

BC Abroad

Did you know species native to BC may be invasive in another region? Find one and share on social media.

2–4 Hours

Host a discussion group

Pick a topic of interest and do some background research. Identify current issues (example: the impacts of herbicides on bees) and invite people to debate or discuss this idea.

20+ Hours

Local park stewardship

Start by identifying a local park that needs attention. Reach out to your facilitator for guidance on planning:

  1. how to perform a nature inventory
  2. creating a proposal for your parks board
  3. how to work in the park effectively and safely
  4. how to recruit more volunteers to help you
  5. how to document and share the work you’ve completed.

20+ Hours

Neighbourhood garbage pickup

Start by identifying a local space that needs attention. Reach out to your facilitator for guidance on planning:

  1. how to adhere to the rules of your municipality
  2. how to get safety equipment including gloves, trash bags, etc.
  3. how to recruit more volunteers to help you
  4. how to document and share the work you’ve completed.

2–6 Hours

Create an invasive species info sheet

Design a document that helps people identify an invasive species and provides recommendations for what to do if you encounter the species. Use online programs like Photoshop and Canva, or take a stab at freehand!

4+ HOURS

Build a plant press

Create your own plant press! By preserving plants, we can help conserve plant biodiversity and expand our plant identification knowledge. To get started, checkout our “Plants Under Pressure” how-to video to get started!

3+ Hours

Reflect

Grab a paper and pen and start writing out a personal reflection. Focus on any past experiences you’ve had with habitat conservation, what motivated you and the impact that you were able to make. Reflections help you understand yourself better and prepare yourself for future action.

2–6 Hours

Design a colouring sheet

Design an invasive or Indigenous species colouring sheet for children to enjoy. Need some inspiration? Checkout our current gallery of colouring sheets and other educational resources to get your creative juices flowing.

1–5 Hours

Design an invasive-free garden for your local area

Enjoy gardening? Research your local growing conditions, read up on our Plantwise program and start designing your very own invasive free garden!

1–5 Hours

Make an invasive species poster

Design an engaging poster that educates people about an invasive species issues in your area.

1–20 Hours

Neighbourhood map

Describe the location of different features in your neighbourhood. This can be artistic or scientific. A nature inventory can help you make a more accurate map and you can share this with your community to help others identify their neighbourhood ecological features.

5+ Hours

Get cooking

Did you know you can eat your weeds? Share an invasives recipe with friends and family. Check out Eat the Invaders for ideas!

2–7 Hours

Create a scavenger hunt

Plan a route through your neighbourhood that includes native and invasive plants. Create clues to help people locate the plants. Hide small indicators (like a painted stone) at each stop. Promote the scavenger hunt to your neighbours or the community.

2–5 Hours

Write an invasive species song

Use musical expression to communicate your knowledge of invasive species.

2–5 Hours

Write a nature poem

Flex your creativity and express yourself.

20+ HourS

Make a herbarium

Pick, identify and press a number of plants (invasive and natural) in your area to keep as an identification tool.

1 Hour

Share invasive species info on social media

Write a post that inspires action about an invasive species in your area. Share on your own social media (but don’t forget to tag us!).

5+ Hours

Start your own blog

Start your own blog, posting about topics that are important to you.

5+ Hours

Paint invasives

Grab your brushes and started painting. Checkout our past webinars on “The Art of Painting Botanicals” to get started!

5+ Hours

Start a podcast

Love to talk? Start your own podcast on invasives or other conservation topics that are important to you. This is a great way to share your knowledge and get creative while doing it. 

5+ Hours

Get crafty

Help protect your environment by getting crafty with zero waste, environmentally friendly projects such as beeswax wraps and fabric bags!

3+ Hours

Write a story

Put your writing skills to the test and start writing your own narrative surrounding the theme of environmental conservation. 

1 Hour

Make a bee bath

Improve your community and local habitats by making a bee bath!

10+ Hour

Plant propagation for planting

Read this article to learn how to grow your own plants from clippings!

1–2 Hours

Report invasive species

Download the Report Invasives app and go looking for invasive species to report in your neighbourhood.

1 Hour

Become a community scientist

Observe and report any plants and animals you see.

4–10 Hours

Start a vermicomposter

Make a worm bucket. Adopt some pet worms and feed them food scraps to reduce your carbon footprint and receive rich organic compost for your garden.

2–8 Hours

Plan an interpretive walk

Select a local area of interest. Identify natural features you’d like to highlight. Plan a nature walk for your fellow volunteers!

2–8 Hours

Invasive weed pull

Spend the day identifying and removing invasive species at a local park or recreation site.

3–8 Hours

Garbage clean-up

Identify a local area near you that needs some love. Grab some trash bags, gloves, a mask and get cleaning!