Natural ecosystems are well-balanced environments, established over many years. The introduction of non-native organisms to an ecosystem can disrupt the balance and lead to undesirable consequences. Through the Native or Invasive Plants Unit, students learn the characteristics of native and invasive plants and solve a mystery of “native or invasive?” using evidence to distinguish between organisms. Using mathematical models for seed distribution, informative-explanatory texts, and the creation of a public awareness campaign, students explore the impact people have on the environment, whether well-intentioned or not.
Are you ready to request an ECO Kit to loan? Here is some important information:
- These kits are offered FREE for Washington County Educators. All of our ECO kits are supplied with necessary materials and instructions for each activity. If you are missing any supplies, please let us know!
- Standard loan time is 2 weeks. If you feel like you need more time, please indicate that on your request form.
- We ask that you arrange a time to pick-up your ECO kit at our office (7175 NE Evergreen Pkwy #400, Hillsboro, OR 97124) as well as a time to return it to our office. We may be able to arrange a staff member to bring the kit to you.
- Questions? Email Kristina Peterson.