OISC’s outreach program raises public awareness about invasive species through school and community presentations, volunteer activities, and educational materials.
If your school, community group, or business association is interested in learning about invasive species and how you can help, please contact us for a free presentation. Call the OISC Outreach Specialist at 266-7994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the classroom…
OISC has presentations that can be tailored to fit with most curricula from grades 1-12, into college level courses.
- Invasive Species in Hawai‘i
- Invasive Species Management: Prevention, Detection and Reporting
- Conservation Careers
- Invasive Species and Watersheds
- Hoike Curriculum: Little Fire Ant Activity (grades 4-12);
- A true Citizen Scientist activity! OISC leads this two-part classroom activity studying the little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) in Hawai‘i. Students will learn about ants in Hawai‘i, their impacts and biology, conduct little fire ant tests, and identify their samples. Student samples also provide valuable data and help support early detection efforts of damaging pests on O‘ahu.
- Plant ID Activity (grades 5-8):
- This activity uses scientific observation and introduces students to botanical terminology and the process of plant identification. Students will identify and research their plant to conclude if it’s native, non-native, or invasive. There are extensions that educators can use to expand this activity to fit into many cross-cutting concepts. If you would like OISC to facilitate this activity, just contact us and we’ll schedule a visit to your classroom.
- Watershed Curriculum (grades 3-5):
- This curriculum is designed so students will develop a better understanding of the importance of Hawai‘i’s watersheds as a natural resource. They will learn about plants and their function in ecosystems. Students will learn about the role trees play in the water cycle (cloud capture, evaporation, transpiration, erosion, and aquifer recharge). They will learn where their water comes from (forest to tap). They will learn and explore the Hawaiians’ management of watershed resources through the ahupua‘a system. They will learn about the threats to our forested watersheds including invasive species and human activities. Each lesson lists NGSS standards and is accompanied by a PP and activity that takes a class period.
In the community…
The impact of invasive species are pervasive and their negative effects can spread to all aspects of life; from our economy and unique environment, to our own health and basic quality of life here in Hawai‘i. OISC gives presentations illustrating how these harmful pests can affect each sector of the community.
- Neighborhood Boards (presentations or updates)
- Community Groups
- Tour Operators (presentation and/or training materials)
- Rotary Club
- Gardening/Horticulture Clubs
- Building/Housing Associations
- Events/Conventions (exhibit booth)
- Landscape Businesses
- Construction Contractors
- Tree Pruning/Vegetation Maintenance Businesses
OISC can also host a movie screening of the documentary “Invasion-Litte Fire Ants in Hawai’i” including discussion of the current status and impacts in Hawai‘i.
What better way to learn about invasive species than to go into the field and survey OISC style! We conduct surveys off-trail to detect incipient invasive species. If you are interested in volunteer trips for a school, community group, club, or as an individual, email email@example.com or call 266-7994.
You can also check out the OISC volunteer blog for information about service trips.
These fliers (pdfs) provide a summary of invasive plants and animals targeted by OISC in your area:
OISC informational brochures
- OISC Brochure (pdf)
- OISC “weed wise” brochure (pdf)
- Little Fire Ant brochure (pdf)
- Miconia Rack Card (pdf)
- Devil Weed Rack Card (pdf)
- “What NOT to Plant“ : Which plants are harmful? Use this O‘ahu Early Detection project’s guide.
- Hui Ku Maoli Ola’s catalog: Use native Hawaiian plants in your garden and for landscaping.
- Hawaii Weed Risk Assessment: Not sure if your plants are invasive? Use the weed risk assessment to check how your plants are ranked for risk of invasiveness.