Thursday, June 9, 2011

Teachers to Learn About Non-native and Invasive Plants

Next week I am on my way to Gainesville, Florida where the University of Florida is conducting an Invasive Plant Camp just for teachers. I will be teaching how to collect and enter data on invasive species into the EDDMapS database. This is the second year for me to attend and help out with this special workshop and this year there is something new to show them. Mobile EDDMapS now allows you to collect and upload data right from your smartphone. The course is a week long and covers terrestrial and aquatic plant species. Only 24 teachers get to attend each year. The teachers love it and go back to their classrooms loaded down with educational materials to help them teach this important subject to their students. PLANT CAMP 2011 is hosted by the Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and made possible by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Invasive Plant Management Section. This is an event which I would love to see in Georgia and every state across America.