Purple Loosestrife curriculum

The Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife curriculum was developed for informal educational settings.

Download: Youth manual, Educator/ Facilitator manual

Print copies of the youth guide are still available. Contact Natalie Carroll (ncarroll@purdue.edu) for more information.

The youth manual includes the following activities:

  • - Introduction to wetlands
  • - Aliens among us
  • - Annual wetland plant diversity survey
  • - Is purple loosestrife a problem in our county?
  • - Biological control of purple loosestrife
  • - Biological control agent: host-plant specificity
  • - Purple loosestrife & galerucella beetle rearing
  • - Observations & life cycles
  • - Galerucella beetle release
  • -Evaluating the impact of galerucella on purple loosestrife

Educational Standards

The leaders guide (4-H 918) has answers to the youth manual activities (above) and the following, additional topics:

  • Overview of the purple loosestrife project
  • Experiential learning
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Meeting the standards
  • Finding a wetland
  • Timeline for student activities
  • Appendices:
    • -Removing Purple Loosestrife by Hand
    • -Purple Loosestrife Control Options
    • -Natural Enemies to Control Purple Loosestrife
    • -Raising Galerucella Beetles Indoors
    • -Outdoor Rearing of Galerucella Beetles
    • -Life History and Ecology of G. calmariensis and G. pusilla
    • -Life History and Ecology of Hylobius transversovittatus
    • -Site Selection Guidelines for Release of Galerucella Beetles
    • -Wetlands: Habitats in Peril
    • -Alternative Lesson Plan

Additional resource: Galerucella life cycle (in a wetland habitat)

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