Aquatic Invasive Species Education Project

Student and Community Action

Most invasive aquatic species have been introduced and/or spread as a result of human actions. However, just as humans have been responsible for bringing in or spreading these species, humans, including students, can play a part in slowing the introduction or proliferation of invasive species. Students can engage the public in actions to prevent the spread of invasive species as well as promote removal projects. Activities in this module encourage students to create action projects involving invasive species. The focal species for this section include: Green Crab, Purple Loosestrife, Rock Snot, and Water Chestnut.

Water Chestnut removal by the Chesapeake Bay Program
Water Chestnut removal by the Chesapeake Bay Program

Lesson plans were developed and field tested by local educators. Lesson plans are grouped by modules which are bound by a common theme. Each lesson plan has been aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards. Lesson plans in each module include activities suitable for Grades 3-12. To download the module, click the link below. 

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Eradication Nation -- Grades 9-12
Students will learn about the issues with Water Chestnut invasions and will work together to create an action plan to organize an eradication event for a local waterway.

Green Crabs Bring in the $Green$ - Grades 6-8
Students will learn about the issues with Green Crab invasion and will create a marketing campaign to make the harvest of Green Crabs profitable.

Let’s Harvest Water Chestnut! - Grades 3-5
Students will learn about the impacts of Water Chestnut and will create informational brochures to teach the public on ways to control Water Chestnut.

No Aquatic Invasives - Grades 3-5
Students will learn about the impacts of invasive plants like Purple Loosestrife and then will write persuasive letters to local nurseries to discourage the sale of invasive plants.

Stop the Snot - Grades 3-5
Students will learn about the impacts of Didymo (aka Rock Snot) by reading a story about Savage Stream and simulating Rock Snot’s spread. After learning about Rock Snot, students will create public service announcements to educate the public on this problematic species.

Wetland Restoration - Grades 9-12 (For supplemental material, please email Kerry Wixted, Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov)
Students will learn about the impact of Purple Loosestrife on wetlands and will create a restoration plan following the removal of Purple Loosestrife from 4 fictional habitats.

Who’s Got the Snot? - Grades 6-12
Students will map the spread of Didymo in Maryland and will put together informational posters or brochures to educate anglers on ways to prevent the future introduction and spread into new streams.

Education Kits

Aquatic Invasive Species Education kits are also available with printed lesson plans, activity resources, and hands-on items to teach about the 16 species highlighted in the modules.

To borrow a free kit in Maryland, please click here to find a location nearest you.

To find a kit in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., or West Virginia, please click here.