Educator Tools

Support For Your Classroom

This section of the website gives you free access to a variety of curricula designed to make youth aware of invasive species and the damage they cause. There are many lessons and resources – for both classroom and outdoors – that engage students in the process of discovery. Click on the images below to download the curriculum or resources. For any questions or requests, please email us at

Hungry Pests Invade Middle School

Hungry Pests Invade Middle School with New Curriculum

A national standards-based Middle School curriculum that brings students on an exciting educational journey into the world of invasive species. Four lessons are designed for easy implementation in Middle School classrooms to deepen student knowledge of invasive species through close reading of relevant texts, team research projects, interactive mapping activities, and classroom reflection.


- Curriculum

- Middle School Standards Chart

Hungry Pests Summer Camp Activities

These three activities use field games, music, and arts and crafts to get kids excited about protecting their environment against the spread of invasive species.


- Youth Activity

Stop the Beetle: Now!

These activities focusing on the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) are designed for summer camps, scouts, and environmental education organizations working with youth ages 8 – 12.


- Stop the Beetle: Now! Leader's Folio

- EAB Activity Book

"Mark Trail" Comic Strip Reader

A fun reader in comic strip form to educate students about the dangers of the invasive emerald ash borer beetle, and ways being used by the USDA to help detect and control them.


- "Mark Trail" Comic Strip

Hungry Pests Video

In this humorous yet educational video, Vin Vasive complains about the mistreatment of pests like him as he teaches viewers how invasive species spread.


- Vin Vasive Video English

- Vin Vasive Video Spanish


EAB Nature Walk Video

Go on a virtual stroll and learn more about the life cycle of the EAB.


- EAB Nature Walk Video


Pest Cards

Download the files below for the pests in your area and print them on card stock. A space for a die cut hole is indicated on each card; mix and match per your state's needs and attach them on key rings for easy viewing. If you have any questions, please contact

- Asian Citrus Psyllid

- Asian Longhorned Beetle

- Citrus Greening

- Emerald Ash Borer

- European Grapevine Moth

- False Codling Moth

- Giant African Snail

- Gypsy Moth

- Imported Fire Ant

- Khapra Beetle

- Light Brown Apple Moth

- Mediterranean Fruit Fly

- Mexican Fruit Fly

- Oriental Fruit Fly

- Sudden Oak Death