National Invasive Species Awareness Week is a nationwide event occurring in the spring to raise awareness of invasive species and how people can prevent their spread to protect natural ecosystems for future generations.

Participate in outreach across the nation.

Engage your community. Share your successes.

NISAW will drive invasive species awareness in two parts during Spring 2020:

NISAW Advocacy and Education
February 24-28, 2020

Representatives from conservation organizations gather in Washington, D.C., to discuss policies and changes they can make in the fight against invasives. 

  • Promotion of national and local legislative actions
  • Position papers
  • Tools and resources for communicating with policy makers
  • Webinar series

NISAW Local Events and Awareness
May 16-23, 2020

Many groups come together during NISAW to host workshops to eradicate invasives from a particular area.

  • Press release toolkit
  • Action toolkit
  • Advertise local events
  • Find or post local prevention or awareness events here
  • Webinar series

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Use these hashtags to collect the NISAW conversation: #NISAW and #InvasiveSpecies

NISAW Advocacy and Education Webinars 

All webinars are open to the public. 

NISAW Part II webinar announcement is coming soon.
Any member of the public can register for a webinar and view it when it is live.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was established to provide the vision and leadership to coordinate, sustain, and expand federal efforts to safeguard the U.S. from invasive species and their impacts. Over the past year, NISC has worked to reenvision itself institutionally and programmatically through the development of terms of reference and a new FY2020 Work Plan. These guidance documents focus on NISC’s high-level, whole-of-government perspective and direct the efforts of NISC staff toward convening and coordination to leverage existing efforts and amplify the federal impact in the fight against invasive species. In highlighting these efforts, this webinar will review NISC’s coordination mechanisms, its current thematic priorities, and efforts to engage with non-federal stakeholders. In addition to the presentation from NISC staff, senior advisers from the three NISC Co-Chair agencies will provide their perspectives on these federal coordination activities.
  • Stas Burgiel, NISC Executive Director
  • Jeff Morisette, NISC Chief Scientist
  • Hilary Smith, Department of the Interior, Senior Adviser for Invasive Species
  • Phil Andreozzi, US Department of Agriculture, Invasive Species Coordinator
  • Jeanette Davis, Department of Commerce/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Science Policy Adviser


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1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Sponsored by the Washington Invasive Species Council

Vectors and patterns of freshwater fish introductions across the United States over time.

There are numerous vectors for introducing and spreading aquatic species, which may vary in importance and impact both spatially and temporally due to a variety of factors including species’ biology, human behavior, demography, and geopolitical issues. Here I will examine spatial and temporal change in vectors of fish introductions in the United States. Most vectors have shown a general increase in number of species introduced over time. Sanctioned (i.e., stocking by natural resource agencies) and non-sanctioned (i.e., aquarium dumping) intentional releases have historically been the major vectors of fish introduction over time. Vectors show differential geographic importance, with stocking more prevalent in western states and non-sanctioned release in the southeast. Governmental policy changes (e.g., ballast water regulations, natural resource management practices) and heightened awareness and education about impacts of introduced species may be driving a recent reduction in number of introduced species.

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST

Leigh Greenwood

The Nature Conservancy

The regulations that apply to firewood are often not entirely about the firewood itself, which makes it hard to fully categorize and understand the tangled web of rules and quarantines in North America. This webinar was first presented in 2018 and was so popular that it has become an annual tradition (as the regulations do change fairly often!). During this presentation, the manager of Don’t Move Firewood, Leigh Greenwood, will describe all the different ways in which current regulations criss-cross to create a confusing, and fascinating, regulatory landscape. This year, she’ll include the hot topic of the potential deregulation of emerald ash borer as well- and how that might interface with existing and/or new state based regulations. As always, she’ll do her best to accurately represent the scope of a whole continent’s rules and regulations in just one action-packed hour.


Leigh has worked for The Nature Conservancy since December 2007. Her work focuses on bringing multiple stakeholders together to achieve common goals in Forest Health, including: managing the Don’t Move Firewood campaign, convening the Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases, and working to improve the international biosecurity measures in place for solid wood packaging. Leigh’s leadership of the Don’t Move Firewood campaign has led to its being widely regarded as one of the most innovative public outreach arms of The Nature Conservancy. Leigh earned her B.A. in Biology at Williams College and her M.S. in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she studied the intersection of native wildlife and invasive plants.

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST

Stephen Enloe

University of Florida

Triclopyr is an auxin type herbicide that is widely used for invasive plant control in aquatic and upland systems.  Historically, there have been two formulations, an ester and an amine, which have generally separate but occasionally overlapping use patterns. This has resulted in confusion among many land managers on what triclopyr formulation to use. Recent advances in triclopyr technology may exacerbate this issue as two additional triclopyr formulations, an acid and a choline have become available. This talk will help land managers overcome triclopyr formulation confusion and provide clear technical specifications on the similarities, differences, and label use patterns of the four formulations.



Dr. Stephen Enloe is an Associate Professor in the Agronomy Department and has been housed at the IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants in Gainesville, Florida since 2015. Dr. Enloe earned his Ph.D. in 2002 at the University of California Davis in Plant Biology. He has been involved with invasive plant research and extension for the past 17 years. His research and extension programs are divided between aquatic and upland invasive plant biology, ecology, and management. 

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1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Dan Wixted, Cornell Pesticide Management Education Program

Anthony Hay, Cornell Department of Microbiology

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in herbicides such as “Roundup®” and other weed control formulations) has been much in the news in today’s world of social media and 24-hour news cycles. Are you hearing conflicting and confusing information about exposure, toxicity and its health effects as you try to stay abreast of the recent science? Join Dr. Anthony Hay from Cornell University’s Department of Microbiology and Dan Wixted of Cornell’s Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) as they separate the wheat from the chaff. Their presentation will give an overview of current science-based discussions about exposure, toxicity and health effects. They will also provide some background on basic principles in toxicology and pesticide registration to round out your understanding of the current information.


Since 2002, Dan Wixted has been an Extension Support Specialist with Cornell’s Pesticide Management Education Program after having spent 11 years in a similar capacity with Wisconsin’s program. In addition to developing pesticide applicator certification training manuals and exams, Dan provides information and outreach support to Cornell researchers investigating the environmental fate and health effects of glyphosate as well as pesticide effects on pollinators, the latter earning him a share of the Outstanding Accomplishment in Extension award as part of Cornell’s Pollinator Health Team. He’s a member of New York State’s Community IPM Coordinating Council, has served on EPA’s Certification and Training Assessment Group, and has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators.

Dr. Anthony Hay is an Associate Professor in Cornell’s Department of Microbiology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California. Part of his research program has involved joining several others at Cornell who have been looking into various aspects of the environmental fate and potential health effects of glyphosate.

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST

Robert Walters

Robert Walters will provide a brief overview of the AIS of highest concern and corresponding management strategies. The presentation will focus on pathway management for high priority species, including successes, challenges, and gaps. Robert will provide a summary of multi-jurisdictional coordination efforts that are ongoing, in addition to public-private partnerships.  Finally, Robert will discuss key legislation that supports AIS prevention and management efforts.

Robert Walters has served in the Invasive Species Program for Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 2012.  Robert’s main duties are centered around managing the largest mandatory watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) network in the nation to prevent the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the nation’s headwaters. Robert is also the Chair of the Western Regional Panel’s WID Think Tank Committee and is the manager of the Regional WID Data Sharing System. Prior to working for CPW, Robert worked in mosquito control and noxious weed management.

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week Toolkit

Action Toolkit 

Make NISAW Your Own

Agencies, organizations, educators, businesses, and individuals: Nobody knows your community’s invasive species challenges and solutions like you do. We hope you make NISAW your own!
Below you’ll find templates for sharing invasive species outreach with the local media as well as ideas for creative ways to engage your local community on invasive species:


Instruction to NISAW participant: You can provide a copy of your public service announcement or press release to your local news outlets, including radio and television stations, newspapers, and local blogs. Many outlets support nonprofits by reading or running the announcement free of charge, or they might request a follow-up interview with you or another member of your organization.

Save the Date Images

Use the graphics below for social media and email outreach. We invite any organization or agency to download these images and share them to spread the word about National Invasive Species Awareness Week. 

Facebook and Twitter images

Please use the hashtags #NISAW and #InvasiveSpecies in all your social posts!

Instagram images

Please use the hashtags #nisaw and #invasivespecies in all your social posts!

More resources are coming soon, including:

  • Press release template
  • Radio PSA template
  • and more!

Sponsorship Information

You can help National Invasive Species Awareness Week reach new people in new ways. Here’s how: 

Now more than ever, our lands and waters need a nationwide campaign to spread awareness about invasive species. We are seeking sponsor support to make this year’s efforts successful.
Sponsorship opportunities this year include:
  • Organization or company name on website
  • Logo on
  • Logo placement on awareness flyers for local events across the U.S.
  • Sponsor a webinar (direct email to webinar attendees and verbal recognition at the beginning and end of the webinar recognizes your organization as a sponsor)
  • Direct emails with NISAW announcements noting your organization as a sponsor. Lists include NAISMA members, newsletter subscribers, and NISAW partners
  • Social media shout outs with link to your organization
  • Sponsor the NISAW toolkit – a downloadable tool kit will be developed for local organizations with plug and play resources including a press release template, social media graphics, verbiage for local publications, and links to webinars and other invasive species awareness resources
  • Mention in national press releases

More marketing opportunities are in development. Call or email NAISMA Executive Director, Belle Bergner to discuss your sponsor recognition ideas.

Get involved wherever you live.