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IDNR Illinois' Invasive Species Loan Box

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Illinois' Invasive Species Loan Box investigates why certain species are detrimental, how they arrived to the state and what actions can be taken to control them.

Suggested Grades  7– 12
IDNR Resource Trunk IV22
Weight  20 lbs.
Dimensions 26" L x 16" W x 14" H

Standards Explored

MS-LS1-4 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-5 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-4 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamcis
MS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity
HS-LS2-6 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
HS-LS2-7 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
HS-LS4-5 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity


Aquatic Illinois activities list promo page
Aquatic Resources of Illinois activity book
Biodiversity of Illinois Video: Supplemental Activities promo page
Contents checklist
Contents checklist key
Correlation to learning standards
Exotic, Invasive Species in Illinois booklet
IDNR Division of Education promo sheet
IDNR lending trunks promo sheets
"Illinois Biodiversity Basics" promo page
Illinois Biodiversity CD-ROM activities sheet
  Amur honeysuckle
  Bighead carp
  Brazilian elodea
  Common reed (phragmites)
  Curlyleaf pondweed
  Cutleaf teasel
  D-shaped hole made by emerald ash borer
  Emerald ash borer
  Emerald ash borer larva
  Emerald ash borer serpentine galleries
  Eurasian watermilfoil
  European starling
  Fishhook water flea and spiny water flea
  Garlic mustard
  House sparrow (female)
  House sparrow (male)
  Japanese honeysuckle
  Musk thistle
  Norway maple
  Oriental bittersweet
  Purple loosestrife
  Quagga mussel and zebra mussel
  Round goby
  Russian olive
  Rusty crayfish
  Salt cedar
  Sea lamprey
  Silver carp
  Water flea
  Winter creeper
  Zebra mussels covering a native freshwater mussel
Invasive Species of the Great Lakes kit instructions and contents
Online resources page
Recursos Acuaticos de Illinois activity book promo page
Suggested website addresses
Summarized MSDS and Environmental Information sheet
The Living Museum magazine
Why Should I Care About Invasive Plants book
"Zebra Mussel Mania" activity

Large Container
Emerald ash borer identification kit
Invasion Ecology – Student Edition book
Invasion Ecology – Teacher’s Guide book
Invasive Plants guide
Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest book
"Invasive Species of the Great Lakes" kit

Envelope (inside kit)
Aquatic Illinois CD-ROM
Biodiversity of Illinois CD-ROMs Volumes I, II & III
Exotic Species: The Invasion of Alien Plants in Illinois brochure
Exploring Illinois’ Natural Resources DVD
Illinois Biodiversity CD-ROM
Invasive Plants of the United States DVD-ROM
Sea Lamprey DVD
Zebra mussel shells


Garlic mustard replica
Purple loosestrife replica

Note: All activity books and worksheets should be copied before use or downloaded at