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.

Be a part of the conversation!

Receive updates on all things NISAW by clicking here.
 
Use these hashtags to collect the NISAW conversation: #NISAW and #InvasiveSpecies

NISAW Local Events and Awareness Webinars 

All webinars are open to the public at 1 p.m. CST. 

NISAW Part II webinars. The theme is Local Events and Awareness.

Any member of the public can register for a webinar and view it when it is live.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by:

  • Belle Bergner and Krista Lutzke – North American Invasive Species Management Association
  • Tim Campbell – University of Wisconsin-Sea Grant
  • Leigh Greenwood – The Nature Conservancy

 

Do you run an invasive species prevention or education program – or are looking to start one? Are you confused about the many existing brands, logos, and messages and how you can most effectively use them?

This webinar will:

  • teach you the the behavior change foundations and strategy behind the leading invasive species prevention campaigns including PlayCleanGo, Don’tMoveFirewood, and StopAquaticHitchhikers.
  • show you how the brands can be used together to enhance the likelihood of achieving behavior change.
  • describe how each major campaign interfaces with national and international efforts.
  • and how you can customize FREE, turnkey outreach materials with your organization’s logo and messaging.

 

Click here to register.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Angela Gupta, University of Minnesota – Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension is delighted to offer the newly revised and nationally piloted EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species or Natural Resource Management program content for free to institutions interested in delivering this flipped classroom and in-person material. This presentation will outline two new curricula that offer leadership and advocacy skills to Extension volunteer and landowner audiences. EmpowerU is a newly developed curriculum to enable master volunteers, citizen scientists, landowners and others interested in natural resources to effectively engage decision makers at all levels. Do you have passionate program participants who are frustrated with adjacent landowners, township, county or state officials and don’t know how to initiate meaningful policy change? If so, this curriculum might be a great advanced training for your audience. 

After one year of revision and pilot implementation in seven states, we know from evaluation data that participants are extremely satisfied and find value in both the online and in-person activities. One participant said it “changed my life,” another felt “much more qualified to build and present a strong case for advocacy around environmental concerns”, and one reported on a later follow-up evaluation that she was able to work across property lines to manage a healthy stand of invasive crown vetch next to a newly-planted prairie after completing the course.

Angela Gupta is a University of Minnesota Extension Professor of Forestry in Rochester, MN. Angela’s been with UMN Extension for 15 years as a traditional forestry education and has focused on invasive species for the last 11 years. She leads the UMN Extension Invasive Species Community of Practice, EmpowerU and the Forest Pest First Detector program. Angela has a BS in Forestry from the University of Kentucky and a MA in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. Before joining Extension she worked as a District Forester for Louisiana-Pacific in Alpena, MN and was a US Peace Corps Agroforestry Extensionist in Kenya, East Africa.

Click here to register.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Kurt Dreiselker, Morton Arboretum

Public gardens can fulfill an important role in society by acting as sentinels for new invasive plants, particularly since many invasive plants originate from horticulture. This can be accomplished by collecting, synthesizing, and sharing data about how taxa spread from their original sites of cultivation into adjacent areas of their property. These data can be much more impactful if collected, structured, and shared using a common methodology. To this end, the Public Gardens as Sentinels against Invasive Plants working group has developed recommended guidelines to help gardens organize and share their data from their collections to characterize when plants escape from cultivation. PGSIP has also developed a database for gardens to upload and access information about plants spreading from cultivation. By collecting data from gardens across North America, PGSIP hopes to be able to provide a clear picture about plants escaping cultivation and potentially becoming problematic before large-scale invasions occur and before commercial adoption of these taxa into the broader horticulture industry.

Click here to register.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Robert J. Richardson, North Carolina State University

Invasive aquatic plants can have numerous negative impacts to waterbodies across the US. Frequently, management is needed in order to mitigate these impacts. Major management techniques include biological controls, cultural practices, herbicides, mechanical tools, nutrient management, prevention, and others. None of these techniques fit every site or every invasive aquatic plant. Specific tools must be selected to provide the best control of the target weed, while limiting impact to non-target organisms and protected the intended uses of the waterbody. This presentation will review some successful management strategies and discuss how the specific management techniques were selected and implemented as well as outcomes of the full management program.

Rob Richardson conducts research and extension related to aquatic plant management at North Carolina State University. He is a Past President of the Aquatic Plant Management Society and Past Editor of the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. He currently serves as a Board of Directors Member for the Weed Science Society of America and serves as a subject matter expert to U.S. EPA on aquatic plant management.

Click here to register.

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!

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 nisaw.org website
  • Logo on nisaw.org
  • 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.