Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts and updates:

University of Minnesota Extension has canceled all in-person events from Monday, March 16 through May 31, out of concern about the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes the AIS Detectors Core Course and associated workshops. While only the first three of our scheduled in-person workshops fall within this timeline, the AIS Detectors program team has made the difficult decision to cancel all spring in-person workshops for 2020.  We will let you know as soon as possible whether the workshops will be rescheduled for later this year. We did not make this decision lightly, but Extension takes the health of our participants and communities seriously. The cancellation of the workshops provides the AIS Detectors program team time needed to redirect our efforts and elevate the priority of making online-only programs available to our audience and followers at this time.  Please contact us with any questions and watch this website and our social media channels for update.

Get the knowledge you need to become part of the solution.

The AIS Detectors Core Course is a fun and engaging way to improve your aquatic invasive species (AIS) knowledge. Offered as a hybrid online/in-person program, this course provides participants with high-quality training, developed and reviewed by AIS experts. Participants learn principles of aquatic ecology; AIS identification, impacts, and biology; Minnesota rules and regulations; and how to prevent the spread of AIS, perform surveillance, and report potential AIS findings. We offer training each spring so that participants are freshly prepared  as the summer season begins. Timing outside of spring may be accommodated through a group workshop.

If you'd like to get notified with updates about our next offerings of the AIS Detectors Core Course for volunteers/community members and professionals, please enter your information in this contact form to join our mailing list. Signing up via this form will only add you to emails regarding the Detectors Core Course.

There are three ways to participate in the AIS Detectors Core Course: as a community member, as an AIS professional, or as part of a group workshop brought to your organization or community. Read more about each option:

AIS professionals   Community members   Group workshops

It's a great program, and you don't have to just take our word for it: in 2018, the AIS Detectors online training won an award from the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals!

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If your organization or lake association is interested in bringing a workshop to your area, contact us about our group workshop option.

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