Teachers learn AIS prevention with the goal of kids taking tips home to parents [UPDATED]Published 10:20am Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Updated 12:25pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Otter Tail County Commissioners funded the Aquatic Invasive Species Committee to come up with ways of educating our public on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in hopes of preventing the spread of invasive species, with an emphasis on zebra mussels.
One of the ways to address the spread of invasive species it so “support existing science teachers” in their attempts to teach their kids on invasive species in their classrooms and apply the information to improve water quality conditions in their area.
Their needs were addressed by having Moriya Rufer, an expert, from the RMB Labs in Detroit Lakes (a state wide leader in water quality testing) provide AIS kits of specimens for the teachers to use in the classroom, lesson plans in the area of invasive species (with activities that meet the Minnesota Standards) and discs for teachers to use with their students.
Along with Moriya Rufer, Mark Ranweiler and Mike Bolinski from the DNR as AIS specialists work with the teachers addressing boat inspections and issues relating to AIS.
Once the students are given the information from the teachers, they in turn will be given the opportunity to use the materials provided and go into classrooms and “teach other kids” on Aquatic Invasive Species with a short video, one page sheet of information and kids will hand out AIS cards for each student to take home and tell their parents.
The DNR is willing to assist as much as possible to give “Clean, Drain & Dry” demonstrations to those schools participating.
The school districts participating are Parkers Prairie, Hillcrest, Battle Lake, Henning, Perham, Underwood and New York Mills.
Additional activities and workshops will be planned for those interested science teachers to better “support them” and in our quest to have “kids teach kids” on aquatic invasive species.