June 5th-the 11th New York observes Invasive Species Awareness Week (NYISAW).

The mission of  NYISAW is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause and to engage the public to take action to stop the spread of invasive species.

Organizations across all of New York State are offering a variety of engaging events, such as interpretive hikes, volunteer days, webinars, movie screenings, and fun family activities! By participating in NYISAW, you can help protect your community’s natural spaces, learn about the emerging invasive species, meet your neighbors, get outdoors, and even win prizes!

Get involved and join guided hikes, paddles, workshops, webinars, and other events during this year’s NYISAW!

Win prizes by playing an invasive species BINGO game, participating in an iMapInvasives Challenge, or filling out the NYISAW survey after attending an event. 

Webinars will be hosted by the NY PRISM Network Monday through Friday.


When: Tuesday, June 7th at 1 PM-2PM EST.

Learn of invasive plant species to avoid growing and of their native alternatives, and how to support pollinators in your garden. 

When: Friday, June 9th 6 PM- 8:30 PM EST

Urban Arboretum Tour: 6 pm-7:15 pm (Meet out front of City Hall on Washington Street.)
Invasive Species Themed Art Exhibit: 7:30 PM-8:30 PM Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust’s office space located inside the Barton & Loguidice Building at 120 Washington St Suite 510, Watertown, NY 13601 (Google map).

When: Thursday, June 8th 10 AM- 12 PM EST

Where: South Colwell Pond at the Montario Point Boat Launch located on Montario Point Road, Henderson, NY

Help remove an invasive species called yellow flag iris. No experience is needed and tools will be provided. Bring your own gloves and dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event. 

Optional paddle to the beach afterwards for a bring your own bagged lunch gathering. Bring your own watercraft and lifejacket (some can be borrowed upon request but supplies are limited). 

  • June 10th Minna Anthony Nature Center and NYS Parks will lead a fun interactive hike looking for Aliens. But beware these aliens are not from outer space, but outer states. What does that mean? Join the hike to find out more. This is an outdoor activity dress for outdoor weather. There is no registration for this program. If you have questions call the nature center at 315 482 2479

Join Events Occuring in St. Lawrence County with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and partners. 


Nick Hamilton-Honey
Natural Resources & Energy Educator
315-379-9192 ext 230

Win prizes by playing BINGO, taking an iMapInvasives Challenge or by filling out the NYISAW Participant’s Survey.  

Complete 5 BINGO actions in any order to have fun and win PRIZES! 

These videos were created by the PRISM Network in observance of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week (NYISAW) held annually in early June. NYISAW is an education and outreach campaign aimed to raise awareness of invasive species and engage the public to take action to prevent the spread of invasive species. Events are held across New York State, visit www.nyis.info/nyisaw to view a list of events and learn more about NYISAW.