Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops

IPP Workshops 

All IPP training sessions are open to the public and FREE to anyone interested in learning more about the threat of invasive aquatic species in Maine.  Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please follow links to online registration below.

IPP Plant Paddle – workshop description>>

If arriving by land, please consider arriving up to a half-hour early, to unload your boat and ready your gear. * Indicates Plant Paddles which will be followed by and OPTIONAL additional hour for Courtesy Boat Inspector training.

     Date, Time – County, Location

• Sat. Aug 17, 1PM to 4PM – Penobscot County, Chemo Pond in Bradley
• Sun. Aug 18, 10AM to 1PM – Penobscot County, Fields Pond in Orrington
Thu. Aug 29, 9AM to 12PM CANCELLED – Sagadahoc County, Nequassett Lake in Woolwich

To register for a Plant Paddle workshop, please visit our Registration Page.


Invasive Plant Patrol 101 – workshop description >>

Satisfies requirement for IPP Certification

     Date, Time – County, Location

• Tue. Aug 20, 10AM – 4PM – Kennebec County, Town Office in China
• Thu. Aug 22, 11AM to 5PM – Waldo County, Town Office in Liberty
Sat. Aug 24, 9AM to 3PM CANCELED– Kennebec County, FOCW Headquarters in Winthrop
• Tue. Aug 27, 10AM to 4PM – Kennebec Cty, Maine Lakes Res. Ctr. in Belgrade

To register for an IPP 101 workshop, please visit our Registration Page.


IPP Manual Control Workshopworkshop description>>

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To register for the Manual Control workshop, please visit our Registration Page.


IPP Advanced Plant IDworkshop description>>

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With optional Plant ID Proficiency Certification exam


 Courtesy Boat Inspector Training – workshop description>>

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To register for the CBI workshop, please visit our Registration Page. Please use this registration form if you are only attending the CBI portion of the training. Otherwise, register using the Plant Paddle registration form.


 IPP Custom Training – TBA


Invasive Plant Patrol: Train-the-Trainer Workshops

Volunteer Leadership is an important component of building a state-wide monitoring program. Our Train-the-Trainer Workshops help volunteers interested in taking on a larger role in their lake community to gain the experience and resources necessary for success.

For more information about IPP Leadership training offerings, visit our Volunteer Leadership Training Page.

IPP Leaders’ Roundtable – workshop description >>

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IPP View Scope Clinic – workshop description >>

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How to Lead an IPP Plant Paddle – workshop description >>

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To view a recording of the webinar, please click here. The recording begins with participant introductions; the actual training begins around minute 12:00.

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Our Mission

The Mission of the Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. LSM trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, LSM volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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LSM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For 40 years, trained volunteers throughout Maine have donated their time so that we may all learn more about one of Maine’s most beautiful and important resources — our lakes.