Invasive Species and Biodiversity (Eng/ Fr)

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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The biodiversity of some ecosystems around the world is endangered and consequently so are the species that depend on these ecosystems all because humans have moved a plant or animal species to a location where it doesn't belong normally. If it survives and thrives affecting the population of native species - it is invasive. We will be exploring how humans have been instrumental in introducing non-native/invasive species into natural environments and their impacts on biodiversity.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150; Premium price: $140
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod After school clubs Public Library: Library Patrons Various clubs such as Guides or Scouts

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Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 15 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Welcome to Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and the program.
2. Review terms: Native/ Non-Native or Introduced Species
3. What is an invasive species? Highlight some common examples.
4. Explore some plants and animals (living and preserved) and learn more about how their impacts and characteristics of invasive species. There will be examples from RBG as well as local examples from participant's area.
5. Choose what to do next - Discuss what RBG could do and then discover what RBG is doing about the Carp OR What you can do to prevent invasive species taking hold while supporting native species.
6. Questions are welcome during and after the presentation.


The participant will:
- discover what an invasive species is and how it impacts ecosystems
- engage in a discussion about how these invasive species have come to a particular area and what could have been done to prevent this
- develop an appreciation of how a little thing can eventually make a big impact on the level of biodiversity especially when it doesn't belong in that particular ecosystem.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.SL.1c -- Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
LS2A 6-8 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 9-12 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2C 6-8 -- Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS2C 9-12 -- Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilienceNational
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of:
- The characteristics of organisms
- Life cycles of organisms
- Organisms and environments

NS.5-8.3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of:
- Structure and function of living systems
- Regulation and behaviour
- Populations and ecosystems
- Diversity and adaptations of organisms

As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of:
C. Life Science
- Interdependence of Organisms
F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
- Natural Resources
- Environmental Quality

State Standards

Grade 6: Diversity of Living Things
Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment
Grade 9: Sustainable Ecosystems and Climate Change
Grade 11: Diversity of Living Things