Invasive Species and Biodiversity

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: $140.00
By Request Premium: $135.00

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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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 12 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. Discover what an invasive species is and its impact.
3. Take a short quiz...To Be Invasive or Not To Be
4. Explore some plants and animals (living and preserved) and learn more about how they got there and whether they are invasive or not. There will be examples from RBG as well as local examples from participant's area.
5. Review the concepts with a quick game... What if...?
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

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

States Standards
These will be sent to the teacher after consulting about the program with the teacher's program document.

Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
Grade 6: Diversity of Living Things
Grade 7: Interactions within Ecosystems
Grade 10: The Sustainability of Ecosystems/ Ecosystems and Human Impacts