These two hands-on resource trunks were developed based on the
need identified by federal agencies for youth education about
harmful exotic species. The lessons, experiments, games and
stories in the trunks integrate science, math, geography,
social studies, art and English. Minnesota Sea Grant's Exotic
Aquatic Traveling Trunk (for ages 9 - adult) is an exploration of
eight museum-quality exotic specimens. An award-winning
video, books, maps and other resources accompany the 9 lessons.
Illinois-Indiana's Zebra Mussel Mania Traveling Trunk teaches
students (grades 3-8) about aquatic exotic species, focusing
on zebra mussels. The curriculum includes 10 activities
and culminates in a community action project.
A brochure describing both trunks and loan conditions
is available from Minnesota Sea Grant.
Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant Exotic Species Coordinator,