MCES Students Learn About Invasive Plants

The 6th graders at McCormick's Creek Elementary School have been working on their Project-Based Learning Unit about invasive plants in our area. Students recently spent time at McCormick's Creek State Park removing Asian Bush Honeysuckle from trails.

Asian Bush Honeysuckle rapidly forms a dense shrub layer that excludes native understory shrubs, decreases species richness, reduces canopy tree growth, and increases ticks and tick-related illnesses. It is one of the most common invasive shrubs in Indiana, having invaded thousands of acres across the state.

Special thanks to MCES teachers Fred Walden and Tim Soliday for coordinating this project with their students.