Pet/Aquarium Husbandry

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


Check out the latest tool, Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World, Edition 2.1 online!

NEW Aquarium Trade website:

"Don't Let It Loose" Poster -'tLetItLoosePoster.pdf

Classroom Pet Adoption Pledge -

Aquatic Species Regulation Database -

Oregon Public Broadcasting Video on Crayfish in the Classroom -

Education Toolkit on Aquatic Invasive Species -

Research Project that looks at AIS in the classroom -

FOSS/Delta Policy Statement on Living Organisms in the Classroom -

Information about invasive species from Canada -

Ways you can prevent invasions -

The Urban Ocean Program at Univeristy of Southern California Sea Grant -