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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors Workshops

As the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS) continues to grow across Minnesota, there is a need for an organized statewide network of trained volunteers eager to make a difference. In partnership with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC), we are filling that need with the AIS Detectors program.

This program provides high-quality training, developed and reviewed by AIS experts. Participants will learn

  • Principles of basic aquatic ecology
  • AIS identification, impacts and biology 
  • Minnesota rules and regulations
  • How to prevent the spread of AIS
  • How to report AIS siting 

Upon completing the training, participants are equipped to volunteer around the state and make a difference in the areas of citizen science, outreach and education, stewardship and support of AIS programs.

The training begins with an online course and then is followed by a one-day, in-person workshop.

Visit the MAISRC website for more information.

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