Interpreting Invasive Species -
Identification, Prevention, Management
and Interpretive Media for Public Awareness.
As with all our courses you can start the course at any time and work through the course at your own speed. The course registration includes my textbook on interprtive planning and my new Invasive Species Resource Interpretation Issue.
I got interested in interpreting invasive species from working with many different clients in developing invasive species management interpretive programs and media, from interpreting zebra mussels for the Army Corps of Engineers for their lakes, to interpreting invasive plants and insects for many parks and nature centers. In doing the research for this course I was amazed at the huge number and diversity of invasive species, not just in North America but worldwide.
This course has several main topics to cover to help give you a better understanding of the diversity of invasive species -
1. What exactly is an invasive species?
2. Where do/can they come from?
3. Why were some invasive species originally brought here?
4. Identification of some of the most common invasives in North America.
5. Overview of invasive species -
6. How can we help prevent invasives from coming to our areas?
7. How do we manage and get rid of the ones we have?
8. How can we use interpretive media (panels, exhibits, brochures, web sites and live programs) to interpret invasive species issues to our visitors?
9. What can people do to help stop the spread of invasives?
Nine Units -
2 CEU Unit Credits.
Unit One -
So what's the difference between an introduced species and an "invasive species"?
Unit Two -
insects and sea life. And plants in your own back yard?
Unit Three -
either on purpose or accident. Any of those at your site or natural area -
Unit Four -
invasives you may have or know about. How can you identify these to your visitors to make them able to identify invasives they may see in the park, natural area or even in their own communities? Make your list of your invasives at your site.
Unit Five -
invasives were you NOT aware of that may, in fact, affect your site or community?
What strategies can you think of to help visitors learn about some of these "surprises"?
Invaders? If you live in Florida you may find them in your backyard eating your dog?
Unit Six -
topic to your visitors, review and think about strategies (help from the readings) of
techniques to help prevent the spread of invasives from/to your site, to preventing the
introduction or spread of invasives to your visitors homes or communities. What is
your proposed (or in operation) prevention plan?
Unit Seven -
management of invasive "problems", from using volunteers to dig them out to use
of herbicides and other management removal (and prevention from re-
establishment) techniques. Also dealing with insects and invasive water plants and
aquatic animals. What's you agencies plan for invasive removals?
Unit Eight -
and live programs) to interpret invasive species issues to our visitors?
will look at the variety of interpretive media and services you can use to help
visitors learn about invasive species and your site/agencies management strategies
for preventing or removing invasives associated with your park or site. We will
look at developing an interpretive marketing/awareness strategy for your invasive
species management issues.
Unit Nine -
or regional community the ways people, families, commercial firms, local parks and
garden shops can do to help educate the visitors/customers about preventing the
spread of invasive plants and wildlife (from gardens to boaters and anglers to any
person involved with the prevention of invasives into their habitats or resources).
If you're interested in taking this important resorce management course, click on the Pay Now button below to pay the course tuition and we'll get you started.
Prof John Veverka
Course Developer and Coach.
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