Don't Let it Loose

Live plants and animals are valuable teaching tools! However they can also become invasive species if they escape from the classroom. Take good care of classroom plants and animals AND become stewards of your local environment and community. Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Never release live plants or animals!
  • Learn about invasive species (build scientific skills to meet standards).
  • Volunteer to remove or prevent invaders (build stewardship and community connections).

More information


Great Lakes Detector of Invasive Aquatics in Trade (GLDIATR)

"Don't Let It Loose" poster(.jpg)

Classroom Pet Adoption Pledge (.pdf)

Oregon Public Broadcasting Video on Crayfish in the Classroom

Education Toolkit on Aquatic Invasive Species

FOSS/Delta Policy Statement on Living Organisms in the Classroom

Information about invasive species from Canada 

The Urban Ocean Program at University of Southern California Sea Grant