Weed Science looks at one of the most important environmental problems in Montana. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of agriculture, nature and biodiversity. You’ll also develop a broader understanding of the relationship between nature and agriculture and recognize important weeds in Montana. Learn how to make a plant press, how to display and mount weeds, the science of weed control, various biological methods for controlling weeds, the beneficial uses for weeds and which weeds you can cook and eat. You will study how weeds use different dispersal methods for propagation, why weeds are fierce competitors and you’ll have the opportunity to instill in others the desire to actively control weeds.

Weed Science, Level 1

Beginners will learn about weeds with fun and hands-on activities. You will begin by making a plant press and collecting at least 25 weeds. You’ll also learn about how weeds reduce wildlife habitat, develop alternative uses for weeds, learn about weeds in your garden and explore the roots of weeds.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This level includes seven required activities that you must complete before moving on to Level 2. You can work at your own pace, but you should not take more than two years to finish. During the first year, complete a minimum of four of these activities. If you enroll in this level for a second year, you must complete the other three activities in the second year without repeating previous activities, although you may add to your weed collection.

MATERIALS

M Weed Wise, 5292, $2.50
L Weed Wrangler Helper’s Guide, 5298, $2.50

Weed Science, Level 2

You will learn why weeds live where they do and about poisonous plants. You’ll also create a map showing the location of two weed species, germination mechanisms and study two different kinds of weed seeds, learn how weeds affect your vegetable garden, how weeds are, “on the move,” and the different dispersal methods of weeds. You’ll study biological controls of noxious weeds and find out which wild plants are good to eat, ways to cook them and other beneficial uses of weeds.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This level includes nine required activities that you must complete before moving on to Level 3. You can work at your own pace, but you should not take more than two years to finish. During the first year, you should complete a minimum of five of these activities. If you enroll in this level for a second year, you must complete the other four activities in the second year without repeating any of the previous activities.

MATERIALS

M Weeds on the Move, 5293, $2.50
L Weed Wrangler Helper’s Guide, 5298, $2.50

Weed Science, Level 3

You will learn how weeds impact biodiversity and forage production, how to develop a weed awareness workshop, about joining a weed association and understand how to certify a grower’s hay as, “weed-free.” You will also learn about careers related to weeds, about plant taxonomy (classification systems), find out about the hazards associated with herbicides and how herbicides work.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This level includes nine required activities to complete the level. You can work at your own pace, but should not take more than two years to finish. During the first year, you should complete a minimum of five of these activities. If you enroll in this level for a second year, you must complete the other four activities in the second year without repeating any of the previous activities.

MATERIALS

M Weed-n-Seed, 5294, $2.50
L Weed Wrangler Helper’s Guide, 5298, $2.50

ADDITIONAL PROJECT MATERIALS

S Weeds of the West (available in each county Extension office as a reference)
S Plant Identification Learning Kit (available in each county Extension office)
S Montana Noxious Weed Education Folder, 5343, $2.00
S Alien Invasive Pest Species Folder, 5344, $2.00
Weed Science Independent Study