2018 Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors program

Posted by Crystal Lake Improvement Association
6 years ago | April 9, 2018

Participants in the AIS Detectors program receive expert training on identifying and reporting AIS as well as base aquatic ecology, prevention, MN rules and regulations training and more. Upon completion of the training, participants are asked to provide 25 hours of annual service in the field of aquatic invasive species. This service can take many forms that we generally categorize as Citizen Science, Stewardship, Outreach/Education, and Program Support. This may include activities specific to your lake or lake area such as monitoring for AIS and local outreach/education. Participants choose what form of service suits them best and are free to create grassroots projects or service.

You can find more information at www.aisdetectors.org. I also encourage you to check out this issue of Source magazine which features our program and some of our volunteers from last year.

We hope this is an opportunity that may interest you and your members. This year we are hosting 6 in-person workshops. These workshops can be found at:

Additionally, Dakota County Environmental Resources has offered reimbursement of registration fees to Dakota County residents who complete the training. More information on this offer can be found on their website here.

If you would like to help spread the word, here are some ways you can help:

Here is some feedback we received from participants in last year’s workshops:

  • “Having the enthusiasm that my instructors had helped greatly with going through the course. It did not seem like 8 hours.”
  • “Hats off to everyone who developed this program! The information presented was in a relaxed, fun, interesting and easy to understand. Excellent!”
  • “I think this program was very well thought out. Great information. Technical information was easy to understand. Everyone very supportive.”

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thank you!

Megan M. Weber

Extension Educator, Aquatic Invasive Species | Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center | maisrc.umn.edu
Assistant Extension Professor | Extension | extension.umn.edu

Bunker Hills Activities Center
550 Bunker Lake Blvd Suite L1, Andover, MN 55304
University of Minnesota | umn.edu
[email protected] | 763-767-3874