Connecting youth to the natural world is an important part of education. ISAN works to provide educational lessons and modules to pique student interest, create new awareness of invasive species and inspire actions that everyone can take to prevent invasive species spread.
We introduce youth to the general concept of invasive species, and dive deeper into specific topics and species to help keep the learning focus grow. The majority of our lessons are focused on elementary age students, but all concepts are appropriate for any age student.
For educators who interact with students outside the classroom, our education kits are an easy way add invasive species information into a club activity, summer camp, or local outdoor youth event.
Several times per year, ISAN holds education workshops to support those who step into the role of educator without formal training. These events walk participants through the process of teaching students about AIS topics using our education kits.
In this video series, we speak with three experts who have committed themselves to understanding the problems different kinds of invasive species pose. They answer common questions about what their jobs entail and why they study the species they study. They also explain why invasive species are such a problem, how invasive species affect Montana and its residents, and what we can all do to stop the spread of invasive species. Below each video, we've included education packets to augment learning for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
Invasive species education is for anywhere you are. The lessons we have developed can be used in the classroom as stand-alone topics, supplement classroom concepts, but also these lessons are for the curious learner who just wants to open the door and learn about topics on invasive species and water.
The ISAN Education Workshop is designed to address the training needs of agency personnel, teachers or other adults working with kids. The program helps people become comfortable at providing high quality invasive species education programs when requested.