Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops

IPP Workshops 

The 2018 schedule is currently being planned, please check back in the spring!

All IPP training sessions are open to the public and FREE to anyone interested in learning more about the threat of invasive aquatic plants in Maine.  Pre-registration required for all workshops.

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.

     Date, Time – County, Location


Invasive Plant Patrol 101 – workshop description >>

Satisfies requirement for IPP Certification

     Date, Time – County, Location


IPP Field Workshopsworkshop description>>

  • TBA

IPP Manual Control Workshops workshop description>>

  • TBA, Manual Control Methods, 8:30AM – 5PM (Registration opens at 8AM)

IPP Advanced Plant IDworkshop description>>

With optional Plant ID Proficiency Certification exam


 Courtesy Boat Inspector Training – workshop description>>


 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 >>

TBA, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street, Auburn – Androscoggin Community Room, Ground Floor

For More Information or to Sign Up

IPP View Scope Clinic – workshop description >>

TBA – VLMP Lakes Center, 24 Maple Hill Road, Auburn

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

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 –  Maine Milfoil Summit; USM L/A campus, Lewiston

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Our Mission

The Mission of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. The VLMP 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, VLMP volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.


The VLMP 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.