AIS Stewardship Project Models
Flyers & Brochures
Ever wonder how to explain aquatic invasive species to your neighbor? Don’t worry, enterprising students studying aquatic invasive species have developed many informative and artistic flyers and brochures to educate you and your friends on why you should never dump your fish tank in a local pond or river.
Anti-Invader Propaganda Flyers
Activity and Coloring Books
Beating aquatic invasive species (AIS) takes teamwork! Some teachers highlighted this aspect of their classrooms’ AIS studies by having students work together to create activity books. Each page was designed by an individual student and addresses a different invasive species. The result is a handy guide on these pesky critters and a testament to the hard work and creativity of an entire class.
Part of being an AIS stewardship project participant means that you share information about AIS with others. One of the most popular ways to reach community members and classmates about their role in stopping aquatic invasive species is by creating an informational poster. This collection of posters was developed by students from all over the Great Lakes region, and they have been displayed at Earth Day celebrations, in marinas, and in school hallways.
Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species inspires a lot of passion in students. Some teachers directed this passion into words and helped their students produce heartfelt editorials for classroom newspapers.
The weird fish, the crazy names, and the sneaky paths they took to invade make aquatic invasive species great candidates for games. Some games are created by teachers, some by students, but they’re all fun ways to learn and share the latest information about aquatic invaders.
Aquatic invasive species affect everyone; thus, teachers going through our trainings have encouraged their students of all ages and abilities to create stewardship projects to get the word out. Some advanced and older students have expanded their AIS knowledge to produce extensive research papers and presentations and have created a whole new library of resources for other AIS scholars.
There are as many ways to get the word out about aquatic invasive species prevention as there are types of aquatic invasive species. This collection includes the amazingly creative and unique ideas students have employed to educate their communities.
Aquatic invasive species are admittedly dramatic and lend themselves perfectly to screaming headlines. “Invasion!” and “Attack!” are just some of the garish titles used by student reporters creating AIS-focused news spreads. This collection of newspapers covers species from fish hook fleas to rusty crayfish and may inspire your own students to flights of journalism greatness.
Have you ever taken pen to paper to express your opinion to a company? Some students authored these persuasive epistles after receiving the following prompt:
“What if commercial fishing was your job? Let’s say that 30,000 sea lamprey invaded your lake and kill thousands of lake trout and whitefish that you need to be catching to make money for your job.”
You heard that there is an agency called the Great Lakes Fishery Commission that is finding ways to control the sea lamprey, which is really harming your fishery and causing you to lose so much money. Write a short letter (at least 2 paragraphs) to a scientist in this agency. In your letter, explain why this is such an important issue for you in the commercial fishing business. Also, tell how this problem will affect your community neighbors and friends in terms of the fish that won’t be available for them to eat.