Healthy Habitats Have Native Plants

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In this activity, learners help identify native and non-native plant species, learn about invasive species, and determine how native plants provide a healthier habitat. After this activity, learners can create a mock-habitat with native species to get a visual sense of what a native habitat looks like.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Two sets of variety of photos of different types of plants, native and non-native species
  • Two poster sized displays of a generic house and backyard with only grass
  • Green and red background paper
  • Laminater and lamination sheets


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • , Association of Zoos and Aquariums, 2009