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Monday, March 20, 2017

Registration for Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors program now open

Seven statewide training  sessions to be offered in 2017


Registration is now open for AIS Detectors, a new volunteer network and science-based training program launched by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension.


Detectors will learn how to identify 11 aquatic invasive species that are threatening Minnesota, as well as their common lookalike species and report new findings of aquatic invasive species such as starry stonewort, zebra mussels and round goby.

After training, AIS Detectors will serve a critical role by helping the DNR respond to reports of possible AIS, weeding out false positives, being on the lookout for new infestations, and providing outreach to their communities.

The program is ideal for motivated adults over the age of 18, including AIS managers and inspectors, lake association members, Master Naturalists, and anyone else who has a desire to learn more about AIS.

Participants take a self-paced online course and attend one in-person workshop. Choose a workshop date and location when you register.

The course fee is $175 and includes unlimited access to the online course, a printed training manual, the full-day in-person workshop (including refreshments and lunch), an AIS identification field guide, and networking opportunities with other AIS Detectors and experts.

Upcoming training sessions:  


  • Andover, April 21
  • Mankato, April 28
  • Detroit Lakes, May 4
  • Alexandria, May 5
  • Grand Rapids, June 2
  • Bemidji, June 9
  • Brainerd, June 16

Learn more and register

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