GLANSIS: AIS Education - Nab the Aquatic Invader Revitalization

Because of its overall value and usefulness to educators, the Nab the Aquatic Invader website, hosted Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, will be updated and improved. This award-winning website contains and presents in a creative and engaging way a series of youth-focused and youth-led AIS activities for students in grades 4-10 in coastal states. Because it also includes resources for teachers to supplement the student-led learning, it is considered a comprehensive resource for teaching about the AIS topic.

This project will facilitate a Nab the Aquatic Invader-specific needs assessment, including questions such as the use of the “illegal” theme to describe certain species. A working group of scientists, extension professionals, educators, social scientists, and an inclusion consultant will be established to help guide all subsequent efforts, including:

  • Compilation of AIS resources currently in use by educators within the Great Lakes  
  • Assessment rubric for and assessments of AIS educational products 
  • A new, improved website focused on Great Lakes AIS education, based on the original IISG Nab the Aquatic Invader website 


FY 2023: $213,000

FY 2022: $304,000