Aquatic Invasive Species Activity Offered at Bay Day

Posted: June 20, 2016

Diane Oleson and Amy Galford, Penn State Educators and Deborah Kronsteiner, Penn State Master Watershed Steward presented the “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” activity during the Bay Day event held at Gettysburg College on May 10, 2016. Sixty seven youth and seven teachers learned about the different aquatic invasive species (AIS) found in Pennsylvania.
Students role play habitat loss caused by invasive species. Photo: Amy Galford

Students role play habitat loss caused by invasive species. Photo: Amy Galford

Various pathways by which aquatic invasive species arrive and are spread throughout different waterbodies were presented, many of which the students found surprising. Students were able to role play invasive species in a lake to illustrate the effects of AIS on native fish and examine preserved specimens to actually see some of the species causing the problems. Preserved specimens from the Sea Grant Attack Pack were used to show the invasive organisms to the students. Following the activity participants were able to name one new thing they learned and one way they might avoid spreading AIS.

Bay Day was part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration B-WET education grant, Advancing Science, that provides equipment and materials not readily available in schools and trained science teachers available to assist classroom teachers in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties in Pennsylvania. Students in grade K-12 use the equipment to experience science first hand.

Contact Information

Diane Oleson, M.S.
  • Extension Educator, Renewable Natural Resources
Phone: 717-840-7429