The Clemson University Invasive Species Program will soon be recruiting middle school aged youth to help with the early detection of invasive species in South Carolina! Families, school groups, camps and other organizations can register for the Junior Invasive Inspectors Program. Adult leaders will be given curriculum written for teaching children ages 9-13 about general invasive species awareness, understanding latitude and longitude, recognizing targeted forest pests and symptoms of decline in trees. Clemson will also supply each group of Junior Inspectors with survey backpacks filled with all of the supplies needed to conduct field surveys. All survey data will be reported online using the Southeast Early Detection Network (SEEDN) website or the SEEDN smartphone app. Any reports of suspicious signs and symptoms will be investigated by DPI inspectors. Each participant will get to keep their survey water bottle, and Junior Inspectors that report more than 20 findings will be awarded tiered prizes including badges, t-shirts and their very own survey backpack!
If you would like to learn more about us and our efforts please check out the about page or take a look at this brochure!
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