state of maine logo with  beeTeaching Integrated Pest Management in the Classroom—K-12 IPM Education

Free learning modules - Pest Defense for Healthy Schools (formerly StopSchoolPests). Pests can be more than a distraction - they can cause asthma, bites or stings. Learn to recognize, respond and prevent pests to keep students (and teachers!) healthy and focused.

What is IPM? Least-risk critter control. Learn more about what is IPM.

Why teach about pests and pesticides?

Many of the curricula below are aligned with Maine and National Standards for K-12-3, 4-5, and 7-8, and with Connecticut for K-12-3 and 4-5 (all PDFs).

Curricula by Grade

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

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Curricula by Subject

Greenhouse and Gardens

Invasive Species

Environment and Ecology

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Do you know any IPM Curriculum Resources not listed here? Contact Hillary Peterson to add it to our website.

[Photo Credits, top L-R: Kathy Murray and Patty Armstrong, Serena Sandborn, bottom L-R: Milton Tignor,; John D. Byrd,; Brian Lockhart,