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.