- Describe how knotweed threatens native plants
- Carry out protocols accurately and with confidence
- Contribute accurate and meaningful data to support ongoing Knotweed management efforts
You will need to identify a field side with a patch of knotweed before you start the investigation. Knotweed is commonly found around roadsides, riverbanks, and in other sunny, developed areas. If you need help locating a patch, reach out to Meggie at [email protected] The best time to collect data is September through November when knotweed is flowering.
Protocols must be followed for contribution to the citizen science project. Review protocols and required equipment and materials on the project landing page.
The only recommended equipment is a device for taking photos, a notebook, pencil, 1-meter squared quadrat, and a transect. Quadrats can be made with a 4m length of rope. Have fieldwork teams set the rope in the approximate shape of a square with the ends touching in the knotweed patch to create a one meter squared area. Any metric measuring tape can be used for a transect, or you can use a rope with masking tape marking each meter.
Lesson 1: Plant invasion!!
Introduce learners to the problem of knotweed with a short video introduction with our project leader, modeling game, and discussion.
Lesson 2: Get ready for fieldwork
Learners practice fieldwork skills at interactive stations. If time permits, they can reinforce their identification and knowledge of the protocol with the online quiz game, Kahoot! and by going over the protocol in fieldwork teams.
Lesson 3: Go out and collect data!
Fieldwork teams collect data from a knotweed patch in their area.