IISG continues working to get students to become active stewards of the Great Lakes. On November 5, we held an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) workshop, “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers,” which provided 15 teachers with valuable information and resources they can use to educate students about keeping the Great Lakes healthy.
Teachers indicate origin and destination of Great Lakes invaders in “Where in the World?” mapping activity.
Educators Robin Goettel and Terri Hallesy conducted the workshop for geography and environmental science teachers in Chicago. The afternoon field trip offered an up-close experience with the Chicago River and its organisms, as well as a tour of the riverbank area to see examples of best management practices for water conservation. Attendees participated in many hands-on activities and learned the latest about spread, impact, and control of common aquatic invaders in the region. They also learned how to incorporate problem-based learning about invasive species into their lesson plans.
High school teachers George Hill and Mike Littmann compare their river species.
Many of the teachers plan to involve their students in community stewardship projects that will help them learn best practices to prevent further spread of these invaders.
Dianne Lebryk shows one of the many rusty crayfish that teachers collected during the field experience.
 This workshop was sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiativeand COSEE Great Lakes, in collaboration with the Illinois Geographic Alliance and Friends of the Chicago River.