2021 Updates:

In 2020, the AIS Detectors program team made the decision to cancel all spring in-person workshops due to COVID-19. The cancellation of the workshops provided our program team the time needed to redirect our efforts of making online-only programs available to our audience and followers. We are thrilled to announce that we succeeded and the AIS Detectors Core Course is BACK for 2021 in a fully online versionRegistration is now open! If the $150 registration fee presents a barrier to your ability to participate in the AIS Detectors Core Course and Volunteer Program, we have some options available to you. Learn more about our scholarship options


To complete the Core Course, you will need to complete online coursework followed by two 3-hour virtual workshop sessions. You must attend both sessions workshop sessions to successfully complete the Core Course. Save one of the paired dates now:

  • May 19 & 21, 2021, 1pm-4pm
  • June 8 & 10, 2021, 9am-12pm
  • June 9 & 11, 2021, 1pm-4pm

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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