AIS field trip: Emerging threats
All aboard! Join Extension Educators from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center on Monday, August 13 for a road trip exploring emerging aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues and cutting edge research. We’ll start our trip in Inver Grove Heights, loading up on a comfortable coach bus and heading to our first stop: Lock & Dam #2 in Hastings. You will receive a behind-the-scenes tour from Army Corps of Engineers staff and learn how locks and dams can be a critical control point for preventing the spread of invasive carp like silver and bighead carp up the Mississippi River. Next we’ll venture down the Mississippi to the United States Geological Survey’s Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center where you will get a chance to see live invasive species such as sea lamprey and hear from USGS scientists about the work they are doing about AIS threats to the Upper Midwest. We’ll have some learning opportunities and activities planned for the ride between stops as well.
- No prior experience is required to participate
- Lunch and snacks provided
- Participants under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
- Closed-toe shoes are required
- A restroom will be available on the bus
- Anyone is welcome to attend, but current AIS Detectors should be sure to check their e-mail for a discount code