Youth Resources

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) is proud to have partnered with the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, a CCIS Chapter, to create two activity books launched in the Fall of 2021, to engage and educate youth on preventing the spread of invasive species in their community’s.

These activity books promote actions related to preventing invasive species on landscapes and in waterways, and are the most recent resource additions to the CCIS’s PlayCleanGo and Clean Drain Dry take action campaigns, respectively. Previous to this project, CCIS worked with partners to create youth activity book and educator resources to prevent the spread of forest pests, related to the Buy Local Burn Local program.

This project was supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Activity books are FREE to download and can be printed at home via the links below. If you require a higher resolution digital copy, please email

French versions of each activity book are available through the links below:

Invasive Species on Our Landscapes – Activity Book (French)

Invasive Species in Our Waters – Activity Book (French)

Invasive Species in Our Forests – Activity Book (French)

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National Invasive Species Playing Cards

With partners from across Canada, we have developed a bilingual National Invasive Species Playing Cards resource featuring facts and distribution information for 50 invasive plants, animals and diseases present and threatening Canada. The two joker cards feature behaviour change messaging including, “Play Clean Go”, “Clean Drain Dry”, “Buy Local Burn Local” and “Be Plant Wise”. Additionally, each card asks the user to report invasive species!

Cost: $6.00/deck + GST + shipping (from British Columbia)

Please email if you’re interested in placing an order.

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National Event Recordings

REGISTER NOW! Don't Miss Canada's 1st National Invasive Species and Climate Change Symposium taking place virtually from June 7-8, 2022. Recordings will be posted here following the event.
Event Recordings On January 20th, 2022, Canada's 1st National Phragmites Conference was held to better understand the state and spread of "Canada's worst invasive plant".
Webinar Recordings National Invasive Species Awareness Week Winter Webinars have been taking place since 2020, and feature speakers from around the world discussing key invasive species topics. This event helps identify emerging issues, current best practices/programs, and the newest research and perspectives applicable to Canada.
Presentations and Report January 2020, CCIS hosted a Community Science Workshop in Ottawa, bringing together various partners and key organizations to share lessons learned from current citizen science programs in Canada
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Research and Reports

Community Science Report In 2020, CCIS researched existing community science programs in Canada and beyond, including key strategies for success, lessons learned, challenges to better inform community science initiatives in Canada at both the local and national levels.
Canada's Unwanted Plants In 2019, CCIS developed a national unwanted plant list by cross-referencing Invasive plant lists from Invasive species councils across Canada as well as regulated species lists. Not all of the species are currently widespread in the gardening, horticulture or landscaping trade, but are still of high concern across Canada and could be traded among gardeners or the horticulture community.
Recreational Pathways Survey In 2018, CCIS conducted a survey of Canadians on three pathways (firewood movement, land-based recreation, and use of watercraft) through which invasive species spread.
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