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Module 1 ~ Silent Invaders
Defines native versus non-native plants and why some are considered to be invasive.

Module 2 ~ A Fish Tale
Illustrates the ecological role native plants provide in aquatic ecosystems and the problems/impacts caused by invasive, non-native plants.

Module 3 ~ Why Manage Invasive Plants?
Explains why we need to manage invasive plants and the challenges plant managers face on a daily basis.

Module 4 ~ Viva la Difference!
Provides an introduction to the biological productivity of Florida lakes (aka trophic state), and the characteristics that make them so unique – especially the abundance of aquatic plants.

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The Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative was created to provide educators with the information and resources needed to teach students about the harmful impacts some non-native, invasive plants are having on our natural areas and neighborhoods. Our ultimate goal is for today’s youth to draw on this knowledge as they mature into responsible environmental stewards.

To accomplish this, we've worked with dozens of teachers around the state to develop four core modules with related lessons and hands-on activities (see sidebar). We hope you find these lessons and materials useful in the classroom and we hope you'll share your ideas and comments with us.

Please let us know what we can do to make your job easier as you teach this very important subject.

Thank you for all you do,

The CAIP Outreach Team


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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