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In the “Alien Invaders!” program, students use the Forever Earth vessel to investigate how quagga mussels might affect Lake Mead. Students collect water quality data such as clarity, pH, and temperature to determine whether current habitat conditions would allow quagga mussels to survive and thrive. Students learn about the consequences the quagga mussels could have on the lake and its living and non-living resources. Using the knowledge they’ve gained, students create their own management plans to prevent the spread of quagga mussels to other waterways.

This activity involves students in the concepts of introduced and invasive species


Ecology – Study and teaching (Elementary); Introduced aquatic organisms; Quagga mussel – Study and teaching (Elementary); Teaching – Aids and devices; United States – Lake Mead


Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Natural Resources and Conservation | Science and Mathematics Education