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

AIS Detectors Core Course

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Online course


Patrick Mulcahy, University of Minnesota Extension community program assistant
mulcahyp@umn.edu or 612-626-1433

The AIS Detectors Core Course introduces aquatic invasive species (AIS) identification, monitoring and education. The course covers some aquatic ecology basics and then dives into the biology, impacts and identification of invasive plants and animals of concern for Minnesota.

You will learn how to report invasive species, best practices for preventing the spread of AIS, rules and regulations, and how to search for aquatic invasive species on your own.

The online course consists of self-paced training that takes approximately 8 hours to complete, followed by two 3-hour online workshops.

The self-paced training must be completed before the start of the workshop. You must complete both workshops in order to receive credit for the course.

Workshop dates:

  • May 19 and 21, 2021, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • June 8 and 10, 2021, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • June 9 and 11, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.


Nature enthusiasts, lakeshore homeowners, lake associations, Minnesota Master Naturalists, lake professionals, aquatic invasive species professionals


  • $150: Community member track for those planning to volunteer as AIS Detectors and who are not conducting AIS activities for work.
  • $200: Professional track for those who do not plan to volunteer but are looking to increase their knowledge base for work-related activities.


Please select the proper track, as well as your desired workshop dates when you register.

Find more information about the AIS Detectors Core Course for community members, including FAQ, scholarship and sponsorship opportunities.

Find information about the AIS Detectors Core Course for professionals.

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