Invasive plants (weeds) and animal education
Children are our future land managers. By providing invasive plant (weed) and invasive animal management education in schools, we can:
- give students the opportunity to participate in the real-life application of biological sciences and geographical skills
- give students the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions as future land managers
- build the capacity of the wider community to deal with invasive plant and animal issues as students learn and influence their families
- open students' eyes to the wide range of careers in environmental and pest management.
The following resources have been designed to develop students' understanding of weed and pest animal issues, as well as build skills that they can use to help manage weeds and pest animals. The resources are linked to the curriculum and provide background information to assist teachers.
Resources are available for:
- invasive plants (Weedbuster activity book, National Weedbusters book)
- invasive animals (PDF, 4.3MB) (Pest patrol)
- Invasive fish activity book (PDF, 3.0MB)
- fire ant teaching resources.
Additional resources are available from Pest Tales, which is a resource for primary school teachers that highlights pest animal species in Australia.
Invasive animal educational resources
Invasive animals are an exciting classroom topic. Because invasive animals can damage our economy, environment, health and natural resources, they provide an opportunity to explore many other related issues.
We all have a part to play in managing the impacts of invasive animals, as our pets and farm animals have the potential to escape and become pests.
The pest patrol activity kit teaches students about the dangers invasive animals pose to our native wildlife, domestic pets and farming communities. It is aimed at students aged 7-10 years and contains a series of activities that students can complete with or without supervision. It also includes a teachers' resource guide that contains lessons that can be conducted in the classroom or playground.
Invasive plant (weed) educational resources
The study of weeds provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage in applied science in the classroom, the field and through the internet. Weedbusters provides a strong platform for understanding the effects of weeds on biodiversity, the costs to primary production and on people's health and way of life.
The following resources will help new generations of Weedbusters learn about weeds and their impacts, and what to do about them.
Queensland Weedbuster activity book
Weed games, activities and junior action plan
The Weedbuster activity book is aimed at children aged 7-12 years and teaches the importance of identifying and controlling weeds. It contains creative activities to help identify and manage the spread of weeds.
National Weedbuster book
This book was developed by the Gould League and the National Weeds Strategy as part of the National Weedbuster Program.
It provides weed education approaches suitable for the classroom and the outdoors, and is filled with diverse information and activities that encourage students to explore weeds from a number of perspectives - beginning with their own.
Activities offer many learning outcomes, particularly in Science and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) at curriculum levels 3, 4 and 5.
To purchase a copy contact the Gould League.