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Become an Aquatic Invasive Species Detector!


Join a network of citizen scientists and learn how to identify and report AIS.
Registration is now open for AIS Detectors, MAISRC’s new volunteer network and science-based training program launched in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension.

If you are a concerned, motivated citizen over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about AIS and do your part to protect Minnesota’s precious lakes, this program is for you!

After being certified as an AIS Detector, you’ll serve a critical role by helping the DNR respond to reports of possible AIS, weeding out false positives, being on the lookout for new infestations, and providing outreach to your community.

By joining this network of citizen scientists, you’ll receive high-quality, scientist-reviewed training, build your skills in AIS identification and reporting, and become part of the solution to AIS problems in Minnesota.

To become an AIS Detector, you’ll start with a self-paced online course that covers identification of eleven aquatic invasive species plus their native lookalikes, the ecology of Minnesota waters, AIS regulations and reporting, and more. When you register, you’ll also choose your preferred in-person workshop date and location, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet other AIS Detectors and University of Minnesota experts, as well as get your feet wet with hands-on AIS identification practice.
Register now to become an AIS Detector!
Where will the workshops be?
  • Andover on April 21
  • Mankato on April 28
  • Detroit Lakes on May 4
  • Alexandria on May 5
  • Grand Rapids on June 2
  • Bemidji on June 9
  • Brainerd on June 16
The online course opens March 21.
What is the time commitment?

Becoming an AIS Detector requires about 16 hours of initial online and in-person training.

Once certified, Detectors must complete 25 hours of service and 8 hours of refresher or advanced training per year.
What is the cost?

The course fee is $175, which includes the online course, a training manual, the in-person workshop, an AIS identification field guide, and networking opportunities with other AIS Detectors and experts. Scholarships are available if the cost presents a financial hardship.

Want to learn more?

Find answers to other frequently asked questions here on our website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact AISdetectors@umn.edu.
Register now to become an AIS Detector!
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