PLANT CAMP 2013
June 17 - 21, 2013
Why learn about invasive plants?
When a non-native plant species spreads on its own, causing environmental and/or economic harm, it is considered invasive. In Florida, invasive plant species are blocking flood control devices and bridges,causing navigation problems on lakes and rivers; harboring mosquitos; creating fire pathways to tree tops; tangling electrical lines; and covering valuable fish and wildlife habitat. Aside from being a nuisance, invasive plants can even be dangerous for boaters, swimmers, hikers and homeowners. Managing invasive plants is expensive, costing Florida taxpayers more than 80 million dollars a year.
Prevention and education are needed to protect our waters and natural areas. That’s why we are seeking the help of educators to bring this important topic to the classroom. Join us this summer to learn about the numerous invasive plant (and animal) species silently invading Florida’snatural areas and neighborhoods. Along the way, learn about the wild and wonderful native flora and fauna that make Florida a unique place to live and a world-famous travel destination. Learn about native, non-native and invasive plants and animals.
- Expand your knowledge and field experience with aquatic and upland plant biology.
- Study the ecology of native, non-native and invasive plants and animals in Florida’s natural areas.
- Practice plant identification techniques.
- Discover the impacts of invasive plants on Florida’s ecology and economy.
- Earn professional development credits.
- No registration fee; lodging and most meals provided.
Workshop limited to 24 teachers (upper elem, middle and high school).
Participants selected by committee (science teachers and UF/IFAS CAIP staff).