Over 180 non-native species have been introduced into the Great Lakes region. Some of these species such as the zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil and silver carp have flourished and negatively impacted both our environment and economy. More aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as these lurk on the horizon as threats to Lake Michigan and the inland waters of both Illinois and Indiana. Sea Grant educators offer classroom resources about invader origin, spread, impacts and control, and present opportunities for learning and intervention. IISG also provides teacher training on best ways to incorporate these activities to align with education standards.
Nab the Aquatic Invader!
An innovative web site to introduce students (grades 4-10) to marine and freshwater invasive species and their impacts using a detective theme and cartoon characters.
Invasive Species University Course
This service-learning course uses the Nab the Aquatic Invader web site to teach essential science concepts such as ecosystems, habitats, and food webs to undergraduates who then instruct local youth and engage them in community stewardship projects.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
University of Illinois
1101 W. Peabody Drive
350 National Soybean Research Center, MC-635
Urbana, IL 61801
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