Seabirds and Invasive Species Curriculum for Middle School Students, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA
Coastal Conservation participated in the development of a seabirds and invasive species curriculum for middle school students in the Pribilofs School District, Alaska, USA.
Developed in response to a need for more community outreach and education regarding seabirds and invasive species on the Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA, the Invasive Species and Seabirds curriculum package is presented as five lessons designed to provide students in grades 6 to 8 with a greater understanding of seabirds and their importance to the ecosystem as well as invasive species, their impacts, and what can be done to prevent them from being introduced.
The included lab activities can be taught at a higher level using the Extend and Explore options, making the curriculum accessible for smaller coastal communities with multi-age classrooms. Case studies highlighting key invasive species eradication projects, their challenges, and outcomes have also been provided as an additional learning tool for students. This curriculum supports the development of a long-term invasive species early detection and prevention program on the Pribilofs.
Designed with rural schools in mind, where teachers may come from outside the community and have little or no understanding of the local ecosystem, this curriculum package includes summary information to support teachers with the necessary background to teach these lessons. The curriculum aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards and Alaska State Science Standards.
The Seabirds and Invasive Species Curriculum is the result of collaboration between Coastal Conservation, the Seabird Youth Network, Thalassa Education, Island Conservation, Oikonos, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, the Ecosystem Conservation Office, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, and the St. George Institute. Funding for the curriculum was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The Seabirds and Invasive Species curriculum can be downloaded for free here.
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