Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Pacific Region

Columbia River Aquatic Nuisance Species Trunk

ANS Education TrunkThis education trunk includes a number of informational books, videos, preserved specimen, and 15 hands on lessons and activities that will teach students about Columbia River Basin aquatic nuisance species.  Topics range from what and who they are, where they come from, how they get here, impacts they may have on native species and aquatic habitats, and actions each person can take to prevent their further spread.  While targeted towards middle school students, most lessons can be easily adapted to any age or grade level.  Master copies of student handouts and worksheets are available in the resource binder as well as on our web page  We have also provided a list of additional teacher resources which can be used to enhance discussion of these topics.  In addition to providing you with the trunk, staff at the CRFPO may be available to come to your class at the beginning of the unit to introduce the topic of aquatic nuisance species.

This trunk was created for classroom teachers, environmental educators and natural resource professionals to increase awareness of aquatic nuisance species in the Columbia River Basin and provide the public with a better understanding of the harmful impacts of aquatic nuisance species on the aquatic ecosystem and economy.

Trunk Inventory:

Complete Curriculum

  • Activity 14: Climate Competitors
    Students play a game that illustrates the role climate change may play in the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species.
  • Activity 15: Clean, Drain, Dry!
    Students participate in a hands on activity that demonstrates the ways in which aquatic plants and other nuisance species may be introduced or spread to new locations.


  • Alien Invaders: Species That Threaten Our World, by Jane Drake.
  • Alien Invaders: The Continuing Threat of Exotic Species, by Sneed B. Collard.
  • Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions, edited by Daniel Simberloff and Marcel Rejmánek.
  • Garden Smart Oregon: a guide to non-invasive plants, multiple authors.
  • Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest, edited by P.D. Boersma, S.H. Reichard, and A.N. Van Buren.
  • Lakes and Rivers (Biomes of the Earth), by Trevor Day.
  • On the Lookout for Aquatic Invaders: Identification guide for the Pacific Northwest, Oregon Sea Grant. (2 copies)
  • Wetlands (Biomes of the Earth), by Peter D. Moore.


  • The Silent Invasion, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
  • Don’t Move a Mussel, produced by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the 100th Meridian Initiative.
  • You Ought to Tell Somebody, produced by the Oregon Sea Grant.


  • Ten Tenacious Trespassers, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
  • Prevent the Pathway!, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
  • Laminated world map, National Geographic (2 copies)
  • New Zealand mudsnail characteristics, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office

Preserved Specimen

  • American Bullfrog plastic replica
  • Didymo surrogate (wool)
  • Juvenile bighead carp in resin
  • Chinese Mitten Crab in resin
  • Hydrilla plastic plant replica (2)
  • New Zealand mudsnail shells in resin
  • Nutria pelt and skull
  • Purple loosestrife plastic plant replica
  • Quagga mussels in resin
  • Red eared slider turtle in resin
  • Red eared slider plastic replica
  • Red swamp crayfish in resin
  • Juvenile silver carp in resin
  • Zebra mussels in resin

Last updated: August 5, 2015
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