Understanding Invasive Aquatic Weeds (Digital booklet)

This interactive booklet contains helpful information and fun activities for audiences of all ages. Featuring five of the worst aquatic weeds found in North America, it is an adaptation of an earlier print edition, which (now) includes interactive links to key concepts and terminology, video clips, and activities that help illustrate the serious problems associated with invasive plant species.

The 15-page booklet begins with a brief lesson about native, non-native, and invasive plants and explains why we need to manage invasive species. Short narratives, accompanied by geography (mapping), math and language arts activities, clearly illustrate how invasive plants can impair aquatic and wetland ecosystems and inhibit human use of Florida waters. Students will gain a greater understanding of how important it is to monitor and control invasive aquatic plants, along with key points on how they can help. A glossary is provided, as well.

Click on the booklet cover to launch the digital booklet or download the PDF.

 

 

Understanding Invasive Aquatic Plants – Florida Edition (Print edition)

Back by popular demand, the newly revised activity booklet, Understanding Invasive Aquatic Plants–Florida Edition, provides a great introduction to three of the world’s worst invasive aquatic plants, which also happen to be causing problems in Florida: alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides), hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).

The 12-page booklet begins with a brief lesson about native, non-native, and invasive plants and explains why we need to manage invasive species. Short narratives, accompanied by geography (mapping), math and language arts activities, clearly illustrate how invasive plants can impair aquatic and wetland ecosystems and inhibit human use of Florida waters. Students will gain a greater understanding of how important it is to monitor and control invasive aquatic plants, along with key points on how they can help. A glossary and answer key are provided, as well.

Correlated to Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the booklet can be used as a stand-alone activity or a supplement to curricula developed by the Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative. Classroom sets of 30 are available upon request along with Higher Thinking (FCAT-style) Questions and Writing Prompts.

The project is an adaptation of earlier print editions, produced by the national Aquatic Plant Management Society. This new Florida edition was made possible by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Invasive Plant Management Section and the UF-IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

You may also download a PDF file (2.5MB). Feel free to print and use the entire booklet or portions of it for educational purposes (NOTE: Some activities are slightly different than the online version).

If you have questions or comments regarding this booklet, contact Amy Richard with the University of Florida / Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (arich@ufl.edu).

 


A collaboration of the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission / Invasive Plant Management Section

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