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Alien Invasives

Youth Adventure Series (YAS): Alien Invasives

Glacier Institute Staff

Not all aliens are green creature that come from Mars.  In fact, many aliens surround our homes and public lands in the form of fish, insects, and plants.  In this YAS course, participants will learn the difference between native and invasive organisms and how invasive species impact our native ecosystems.  Through fun games and interactive activities, we will learn how to identify and prevent the spread of several species of invaders that are common in Northwest Montana.  Upon completion of the course, students will receive their very own Montana weed identification booklet to take home.

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Finish Time: 3:00 PM

Meeting Place: Glacier Park Field Camp Meeting Hall.  See campus map. 

What to Bring?

  • Day Pack
  • Warm Clothes
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Rain Gear
  • Change of Clothes and extra shoes
  • Full water bottle
  • Sack Lunch and Snacks
  • Paper and Pencil

Activity Level:  We will hike less than 2 miles round trip at a leisurely pace, on and off trail through brush and over rocks with an elevation gain and loss of around 100 feet.


9:00am – Introductions and Team Building Games.  Build field journals to take notes and record data over the course of the day.

10:00am – Time to learn what an invasive species is!  What is invasive and who does it affect?

10:30 am – Search for invasives!  We will go for a nature walk around the Glacier Institute Field Camp to see if we can find and remove any invasive species. 

11:30am – Experiment.  Using a quadrant system, participants will sample an area to learn more about the presence of invasive plants. 

12:00pm – Lunch!

12:30pm – Everybody's it tag!

1:00pm – Field trip to the aquatic invasive species check station to learn about how invasive species can invade our streams and lakes.

2:00pm – Passing our invasive species handbooks and teaching participants how to use them.

3:00pm – Depart.  See you next time!