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Invasive Species Education & Outreach Initiatives

The Uninvited documentary is premiering on Youtube on November 1st. Premiere week viewing parties will be held around the state November 1st through November 7th. A list of premiere event links and locations will be featured on this webpage soon. If you plan to host a premiere event, please fill out this registration form (leaves DEC website) to receive a free viewing party toolkit and get your event added to this webpage.

The introduction, spread, and management of invasive species is heavily influenced by the actions of citizens who live, work, and recreate on public and private lands and waterways of New York. Education and outreach about invasive species increase awareness and knowledge, which are necessary precursors to behavior changes that could reduce risks throughout the State.

Looking for a way to get involved? There are many opportunities to help spread the word and not the species-check out some ways to participate below.

Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species

Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species is an exciting and informative 55-minute film by Westfield Production Company. The documentary introduces the concept of invasive species and highlights some of the species threatening New York's environment and economy, while also showing some innovative ways that New York State is combatting these threats. Uninvited features the collaborative work of DEC and its partners including NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, the eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs), New York State Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI), and more.

Uninvited is premiering on DEC's YouTube channel on November 1st.

Watch the trailer for Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species and check out other clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.

Premiere week viewing parties will be held around the state November 1st through November 7th. See our list of premiere parties below, with more coming soon! If you plan to host a premiere event, please fill out this registration form (leaves DEC website) to receive a free viewing party toolkit and get your even added to this webpage.

Questions about the documentary or viewing parties may be sent to DEC via email at isinfo@dec.ny.gov.

Uninvited Viewing Parties
Organization Location
(links leave DEC website)
Date and Time Details
(links leave DEC website)
Town of Glenville Virtual - Sign up on GoToWebinar Monday, November 1st at 7pm The Town of Glenville will be showing Uninvited as part of the response to the invasive moth invasion suffered in 2021.
Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) PRISM Virtual - Sign up on Zoom Tuesday, November 2nd at 7pm Join LIISMA for this virtual watch party and enjoy a live post-movie question and answer time with the LIISMA staff.
North Fork Audubon Society Virtual - email gwynn.schroeder@gmai.com Thursday, November 4th at 7pm North Fork Audubon Society will be showing Uninvited as part of their monthly film and lecture series. There will be a screening of the film and a discussion afterwards.
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) PRISM Virtual - Facebook Live Friday, November 5th (Time TBD) TBD - Watch the APIPP events webpage
Westhampton Garden Club Virtual - Sign up on Zoom Tuesday, November 9th at 4:30pm The Westhampton Garden Club will be screening Uninvited as part of their biweekly Cocktails & Conversations series.
Marcellus Film Festival Marcellus Free Library - 32 Maple Street, Marcellus, NY 13108 Saturday, November 13th at 5:30pm The sixth annual Marcellus Film Festival features family friendly films from around the world, and especially highlights Central New York talent.
St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO)PRISM TBD TBD TBD - Watch the SLELO events webpage

Integrate Invasive Species Lessons into Your Classroom

Changing behaviors is often easiest when you start at an early age. By helping students gain a basic understanding of invasive species, their impacts, and how they spread, we can help them become good stewards of the environment. Check out DEC's K-12 Educator Resources webpage here. This page includes DEC's new two-week invasive species curriculum for middle school students as well as other useful resources such as lesson plans, guides and much more.

Participate in Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW)

A group of volunteers holding an Invasive Species Awareness Week banner
A water chestnut pull during Invasive Species
Awareness Week. Credit: Megan Pistolese, SLELO

Stay tuned for the dates of the 2022 ISAW. ISAW is an annual educational campaign coordinated by the Invasive Species Council, the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, the eight PRISMs and their partners. Initiated in 2014, the week-long campaign features numerous statewide events focused on invasive species, ranging from paddling events, presentations, informational webinars, citizen science trainings, film screenings, and more. Find more information on ISAW and events near you here (leaves DEC website).

Get Involved in Your Community: Volunteer with Your Local PRISM!

A great way to get involved is volunteering with your local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). PRISMs coordinate invasive species management functions including recruiting and training citizen volunteers, identifying and delivering education and outreach, establishing early detection and monitoring networks and much more! There are 8 PRISMs located throughout New York State: find your local PRISM.

2016-2021 Education & Outreach Strategic Plan

The NYS Invasive Species Education and Outreach Strategic Plan Summary (PDF) was developed by Invasive Species Council and Advisory Committee representatives to guide education and outreach efforts undertaken by statewide partners from 2016-2021. The overarching goal of the five-year plan is to expand New York residents' awareness of invasive species issues and willingness to adopt simple behaviors that prevent their spread.