Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information

Non-indigenous (Invasive) Species

Oh No! Hannah's Swamp is Changing – Activities (LASGCP)
An illustrated children's book about basic concepts of exotic species impacts. Concepts include what nonindigenous species are, the effects that they have on our environment, and what can be done to stem the tide. The book contains a poster and several activities. Grades K-4. Order form provided; cost is $10.

Project TELLUS: Exotic Species – Video and Activities (LASGCP)
Two activities and an evaluation designed to accompany the Project TELLUS Video on Exotic Species. For a copy of the video, contact the LA Sea Grant College Program at

NAB the Aquatic Invader – Activities (LASGCP)
Students become private investigators on an aquatic invader case and help other detectives “book the bad guys.” They start by Meeting the Suspects and then read their profile sheets. Students uncover more clues by solving the case files on each Detective Page and collecting evidence and background information to help catch each suspect. When enough evidence has been gathered to “book a bad guy”, students click on the “Book’em” file and answer the questions. Current invasive species are from the Great Lakes area. The Gulf of Mexico region will be adding invasive species to the website in the near future. Grades 4-10.

Exotic Aquatics (LASGCP)
Information and links about four invasive species that cause big problems for Louisiana ecosystems: Nutria, Zebra Mussel, Water Hyacinth, and Hydrilla.

Clawdette’s Estuary Adventure – Activities (BTNEP)
Discusses exotic and invasive species and offers activities.

Educator’s Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary – Activities (BTNEP)
The BTNEP Educator’s Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary is a comprehensive, downloadble source of information and activities for formal and nonformal educators. Grades K-12.

  • Nutria: Nutrition and Nuisance (Activity 2-7) - Introduces an invasive species called a nutria. Students develop a persuasive argument for eating nutria. Grades 4-5.
  • Trading Spaces: Invasive Species (Activity 2-8) - Uses research skills to identify invasive species, both plant and animal found in the BNES area. Students create posters to make a collective mural to place for display. Grades 5, 7, HS Env Sci.

Haunted Waters – Video Clips (BTNEP)
An award winning documentary on the cultural, geologic, and environmental history of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary System.

  • Nutria and Marshes (Clip 12) - Describes how the nutria interact with the native ecosystem.

Estuary Survival – Activity
Investigate what invasive species are feeding on and how this may harm the native species.

About Nutria (CWPPRA/USGS)
Articles that can be downloaded and copied to distribute to students about Nutria. Nutria are responsible for major destruction of our wetlands.

Lafourche Parish: From the Beginning – Activities (BTNEP)
A comprehensive guide to Lafourche Parish, its history, culture, and resources. Activities will help students better understand this important Louisiana parish. All files are in Adobe format and are downloadable from this site. Grades 6-12.

  • Louisiana Crops and Fur Resources - Traces growth and production in the wax and fur industries.
  • And Then Came the Nutria-Part One - Myths and facts of the nutria’s introduction in Louisiana.
  • Extra Extra Read All About It! - Students create a newspaper page on Louisiana’s fur, crop or nutria industry.
  • And Then Came the Nutria-Part Two - Management of nutria and how pelt values have changed over the years.

Seeing Purple: A Population Explosion – Activity
Through a simulation, sampling, and estimation activity, students learn about the impact of purple loosestrife on a wetland due to its exponential growth. Learn about purple loosestrife’s life cycle and appreciate how scientists determine population size in an ecosystem.

Invasive Species (NOAA)
Introduces invasive species and non-native species.

Habitat Survey – Activity
Students identify invasive plants growing in a specified area.

Nutria Fact Sheet (USGS)
Fact sheet on the nutria and detailing the impact that this non-indigenous animal has on Louisiana coastal native species.

Assessing an Ecosystem's Plant Biodiversity – Activities
Students explore an ecosystem's plant diversity, mathematically determine the dominant vegetation, and estimate the relative presence of the invasive species in the study area.

Gypsy Moths
Resource on gypsy moths and their spread and destruction in North America.