'Ecosystems Invaded!' online lesson

High School students assist FMR staff with removing buckthorn an invasive species at a restoration site

Many invasive species removal projects are taken on and completed by high school students. Here a group of Harding High School students and their teacher pose next to the pile of buckthorn they were able to remove.

FMR is proud to conduct indoor and outdoor educational programs for approximately 2,000 youth annually. During this difficult time, we're striving to offer our educational resources online.

As they become available through April 2020, we'll share new lessons that meet state standards on our main education activities page as well as in our new Facebook group for educators.

If you'd also like to be notified when we reactivate in-person classroom presentations as well as program outings, please let us know!

'Ecosystems Invaded!'

After learning what an "ecosystem" is and how everything is interconnected, we'll discuss the difference between native, non-native, invasive, and non-invasive plants and animals and why this matters for our local wildlife and waters.

We'll also talk about how humans introduced them locally in our metro Mississippi River corridor, and what we (students included!) to control invasives and promote healthier habitat and waters. 

Come explore invasive species with these videos, note sheets and activities.

And when you're done, please send us your answers to the challenge question about forests to our Facebook page for educators.

Full video lesson

Transcript available here.

Supplemental video: Take an invasives walk with FMR Ecologist Alex Roth


To accompany the videos...