Whether they are plants or animals, aquatic nuisance species (ANS) can create lots of problems when they are introduced into a habitat they are not originally from. As such, it is important to learn how to recognize them, understand what impacts they may have on our native species and habitats, learn why we shouldn’t release them into areas outside of their native range, and know how we can prevent their introduction.

The following workbooks were designed to raise awareness about aquatic nuisance species. Click on the image below to view the workbook as an interactive flipbook. Scroll down a little further to access a link to download a pdf of the workbook. An interactive pdf for both workbooks is also available to download.

Interactive PDF of ANS Workbooks

Printables of the workbook activity pages

Click and download the pdf of ANS workbook pages for grades 3-5

Click and download the pdf of ANS workbook pages for grades 6-12

Learn more about aquatic nuisance species in Georgia: georgiawildlife.com/ans

Are interested in having someone speak to your school or civic group about native or non-native species in Georgia? georgiawildlife.com/ans#Education

Aquatic Nuisance Species Activities

Hungry Pests
Georgia Fish Art Contest

Additional Aquatic Nuisance Species Resources

Many people think that letting their goldfish loose into a local pond or river is a harmless and humane way to get rid of them. But that’s not the case. When goldfish are released into local waterways they become an invasive species that can live for up to 25 years and do real harm to the water quality and wild fish communities.

CLICK on the Fish of the Week podcast logo to learn more about How to Break Up with Your Goldfish.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has created numerous lessons for grades 3 – 12 to raise awareness about aquatic nuisance species. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species Education Project

South Carolina Wildlife Society Webinar: Alien Invasion: How a few degrees can change the landscape with Dr. David Coyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHSsqrKlEzk

Oregon State Sea Grant Invasive Species Lesson: https://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/sgpubs/stone-soup-invasive-species-cartooning-teacher-lesson-plan (Click to access stone-soup-lesson-plan-teachers.pdf)

Lionfish on the Loose (NOAA video): https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/lionfishontheloose/