2018 Video Challenge

Protect the Places Where you Play – Keep Invasives Out!

Quick Facts:

  • Open to everyone!
  • Submission accepted April 15, 2018 through May 15, 2018.
  • Submitted videos will be available for Facebook users to vote on between May 16, 2018 and May 25, 2018.
  • The producer(s) of the winning video will receive a buckthorn plaque and be invited to attend the annual Invader Crusader Awards ceremony!

June 2018 marks Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Action Month!  In celebration, we’re holding a video challenge open to everyone. This is your opportunity to let your inner director out, showcase your acting skill, and create a short video illustrating why you care about invasive species and how easy, and even fun, invasive species prevention can be.

The goal of the Video Challenge is to increase awareness of invasive species that invade our favorite areas to play and to teach people how to prevent the spread of invasive species in these habitats. People enjoy these outdoor areas by boat and canoe, while hunting, by walking the trails and shorelines, and much more. With these enjoyments comes the responsibility of everyone to protect our natural areas from invasive species.

Videos should be two minutes or shorter. Submit your video showing how to protect the places you play to the Wisconsin DNR Facebook page starting on April 15th. Look for the Invader Crusader Challenge tab on the left-hand column of the page. Contest rules and guidelines can be found there. Visitors to our Facebook page will be able to vote on their favorite video. Individuals can vote one time per day for the duration of the voting period. The video with the most votes wins! The first place winner’s video will be shown at the Invader Crusader Award Ceremony.

Congratulations to the 2018 Video Challenge Winner!

by Brad Steckart and the Washington and Waukesha County AIS Teams.

Previous years

To give you a few ideas for your submission, check out a few examples from an invasive species specialist and the winners from past years!

2017 1st Place Winner | “Breaking News: Invasive Brazilian Waterweed!”

by Tess Engelland’s elementary students from Oregon, WI.


2016 Winners

1st Place:“We Mean It!”

by Katie Poepping and middle school students at the Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy.

2nd Place:“Freeing the Old Oak”

Charlie Luthin & Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance

3rd Place:“CBCW Vice”

by Chris Hamerla and his dog Cisco

2015 Winning Video: “AIS Monster”

Submitted by David Blumer

Previous years showcased the artwork of our 4th and 5th graders in a state-wide poster contest.  Check out the winning archives!

2013 Winners