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Plant Invaders Trunk

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Plant Invaders Trunk Contents


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"Whether it is seeing knapweed replacing native wildflowers in your favorite family camping spot, struggling to keep leafy spurge from taking over livestock range, or keeping thistles out of crop lands, invasive plants impact Montanans."
--from kNOweeds, K-12 MT Invasive Plant Curriculum Guide
The Plant Invaders trunk contains resources necessary to complete a unit focusing on noxious weed and their impacts on native plant communities and on the people who live and recreate in Montana.

Lesson Plans
These curriculum-based lesson plans are designed for students in grades 3-5 and meets the requirements of the MT State Education Standards for science. However, it can be adapted easily for students in other grades and includes lessons and activities for math and English and language arts as well. To find more lesson plans appropriate for students grades K-12, visit the Missoula County Weed District website.


  • Montana's Noxious Weeds. Pokorny, M. and Mangold, J. 2010.
  • Invasive Plants of the Crown of the Continent. Belt, J. LaFleur, D. and Sladek, M. 2009.

Other Resources

  • Noxious weed fact cards
  • Posters of invasive weeds
  • Sample specimens of Glacier's invasive weeds
  • Clues for "Who's Who?" activity
  • Instructions for "Great Race for Survival" activity
  • Hand lenses

Borrowing Instructions

All of Glacier's traveling trunks are free of charge and can be borrowed for 2-4 weeks at a time but must be picked-up and dropped-off in person (Sorry, it is not possible to mail the trunks.) To arrange to borrow a trunk please submit this reservation form for the trunk you are interested in and the dates you would like to borrow it. If you have other questions about the traveling trunks, email us.


Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Science and Technology
Traveling Trunk