The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and/or MAISRC partners will periodically offer advanced educational opportunities for those interested in furthering their AIS knowledge. If you are a current AIS Detector, participation in any of the activities listed below can be logged as advanced training hours in the volunteer portal. Upcoming opportunities include:
Introduction to Aquatic Invasive Species Management
This online class is perfect for anyone who wants to be better informed about AIS management, especially with regard to pesticide use. If you would like to be a more informed consumer about what’s happening on your nearby lake, have a better understanding of what lake service professionals are doing, or are considering conducting your own treatments -- this class is for you!
You will gain:
- An introduction to aquatic plant management and other aquatic pests
- A better understanding of pesticides, how they work, and the regulations around their use
- Insight on other options outside chemical treatments are viable for control
- A better ability to evaluate and understand management effectiveness and the long view in management planning
This is an online-only course that was developed in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension. It is open to anyone, including residents of other states, though certain portions of the course, such as those discussion regulations, will include information specific to Minnesota. This course is currently in its pilot phase. Sign up here to be notified when it opens widely.
Plant Identification Workshop
Did you know that Minnesota is home to six native watermilfoil species along with one invasive watermilfoil? Or how about that we have eight carnivorous aquatic plants (bladderworts)? This is a great opportunity to get a more in depth knowledge of our underwater forests. We’ve partnered up with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota Extension to bring this fun, hands-on workshop to you. Join us in a room filled with live aquatic plants gathered from across the state with experts guiding you through how to identify all of them. This workshop is open for anyone from beginners to experts. Consultants that provide aquatic plant surveys for hire have the opportunity to complete this workshop and pass an accompanying test to be recognized on the list of surveyors of aquatic plants in lakes on MN DNR’s website.
The 2019 workshop will be held in Sauk Rapids on July 25. This event is currently full but you can add yourself to the waitlist here.
AIS Research and Management Showcase
Save the date! The sixth annual Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 on the St. Paul campus at the University of Minnesota. This event highlights all of MAISRC’s research and includes hands-on demos and tours of the lab. Sign up here to be notified when registration opens.