Invasive Species Education
in the Classroom
The Washington Invasive Species Council awarded a grant to the Pacific Education Institute (PEI), a public-private consortium of leaders of agencies, business and industry, universities and education associations, to incorporate invasive species into elementary, middle, and high school curricula. The goal is to teach students about invasive species, why they should care, impacts invasive species can cause, and how to identify species, management options, and pathways for their spread. PEI also will develop and implement policies for kindergarten through 12th grade science programs to discourage the use of live specimens in the classroom.
Project Outcome: The Pacific Education Institute will engage the consortium of Puget Sound region school districts and skills centers, their curriculum directors and teacher leaders, and the Puget Sound Education Service District to incorporate invasive species issues and stewardship opportunities in the Puget Sound K-12 Master Education plan. The core of this work will be led by five Puget Sound school districts: Issaquah, Tahoma, Highline, Federal Way, and Auburn, and the Puget Sound Skills Center.