Aquatic Invasive Species

Small crab held in a hand.
Photo by NOAA

Middle school students explore the world of aquatic invasive species that threaten Washington’s cultures, environments, and economies. Next, students dive deeper and learn more about European green crab and zebra/quagga mussels and what state agencies are doing to keep these species out of Washington’s waters. We partnered with the Washington Invasive Species Council to modify two lessons from their invasive species 6th-8th grade curriculum .

In the second part of this lesson, students use technology and the Washington Invasive Species App to learn how to become “first detectors” of invasive species in their school yards and local greenspaces. 

Lesson plan

Aquatic Invasive Species  (PDF)

Supporting materials