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Why Do We Need to Learn About Invasive Plants?

Invasive plants are interfering with navigation on Florida’s lakes and rivers. They’re blocking flood control devices and bridges, harboring mosquitoes, creating fire pathways to tree tops, tangling electrical lines, and generally being a nuisance or even dangerous for boaters, swimmers, hikers and homeowners. More information…

Invasive plants are also costing Florida taxpayers more than 80 million dollars a year as land and water managers struggle to keep them under control.

That’s why we’re striving to capture the attention of the next generation in a proactive public education effort. Because you’re serious about teaching, we’re asking for your assistance in bringing this important topic to your classroom. Join us this summer and learn about the numerous invasive plant and animal species that are silently invading Florida’s natural areas — and our own backyards.

ALONG THE WAY…learn about NATIVE flora and fauna that make Florida such a unique place to live and a world-famous travel destination.

  • Expand your content knowledge and lab / field experience in the area of aquatic and upland plant biology.
  • Learn the difference between native, non-native & invasive plants.
  • Explore the ecology of native, non-native and invasive plants in Florida’s natural areas.
  • Gain a new approach to plant identification.
  • Discover the impacts invasive plants are having on Florida’s ecology and economy.
  • Earn Inservice Points for professional development.

For more information, contact:
The CAIP Outreach Team
UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
7922 NW 71st St.
Gainesville, Fl. 32653
Phone: 352-392-1799
Fax: 352-392-3462

Workshop made possible by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Invasive Plant Management Section