Invasive Plant Patrol Paddle

2018/08/18 - 2018/08/18

Maine’s lakes & streams are being invaded!

Early detection is our best defense.

Please join us for this fun, educational and FREE event:

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s



Hosted by Friends of Wilson Pond

Supported by Piscataquis Soil & Water Conservation District

On Saturday, August 18th, 35 Johnson Road on Lower Wilson Pond

Plant Paddle: 9 AM – 12 PM
Courtesy Boat Inspection: 11 AM – 1 PM

Paddlers of all ages are welcome to attend!

Please see below for a list of things to bring.

IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is required for all workshops.  Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at or (207) 783-7733 to register, or for more information.


Maine’s lakes, rivers and streamsare increasingly threatened by non-native invasive plants.   Once established in a lake, stream or pond, early detection of an invasive aquatic plant provides the best hope of eradicating the invader.   Trained volunteers play an extremely important role in this effort.   The work is interesting, rewarding and fun!


What you will need to bring:

  1. Small, shallow-draft boat, e.g. canoe, kayak, inflatable, lightweight skiff, etc. (If you do not have a boat, please contact the event host, or the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.)
  2. Personal Floatation Device (PFD) e.g. life jacket


  1. Food and water to keep you going throughout the session
  2. Hand net or small plastic garden rake for collecting specimens and catching fragments.
  3. Small anchor
  4. Polarized sun glasses (not essential, but very helpful)
  5. 5-10 power magnifying glass or hand lens for examining plant specimen structure. (We will have some loaner lenses on hand as well)
  6. Extra clothes, bathing suit, snorkeling gear, sunscreen, camera, etc.

 Snacks, lunch, and beverages will be provided free of charge by Friends of Wilson Ponds

Invasive Plant Patrol workshops are made possible with support from
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Boater participation in Maine’s Lake and River Protection Sticker Program, The Ram Island Conservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Portland Water District, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, & donations from individuals, Workshop Hosts, Lake & Watershed Associations, and Businesses

New Water Quality Monitor Certification Workshop

2017/08/25 12:15 - 2017/08/25 15:00

Announcing Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s (VLMP)

Training and equipment are FREE for any individual who is willing and
able to commit to taking routine* water quality readings on Moosehead Lake (and/or other waters of the Moosehead Region.

A recertification workshop for existing VLMP water quality monitors
will take place on August 26 at 10AM, Lower Wilson Pond

IMPORTANT: Pre-registration by Monday August 21 is required for both of these workshops. Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at or (207) 783-7733 to register, or for more information.

* Ideally, readings are taken approximately every two weeks during the open water season.

Plant Paddle

2016/07/10 10:00 - 2016/07/10 13:00

DSC_7003 The IPP Plant Paddle is a 3-hour guided exploration that takes place on shore and on the water. This is a fun, informal way to introduce yourself to the threat of invasive aquatic plants and the importance of early detection. You will learn how to use a new free Quick Key to help spot suspected invaders, become familiar with some common native plants, and practice the skills needed to be an effective early detector.

PLT Educator Workshop

2016/06/17 16:00 - 2016/06/18 15:30

Recent research on child development shows the importance of experiences in nature to child development and learning.  This fun, relaxing workshop, will share curriculum resources and deliver integrated lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. We will discuss techniques for managing outdoor learning and work with participants to connect their curricular with place-based themes.

  • Join this stress free overnight respite away from it all
  • Presentations from Crystal Priest, SAD 4 District Technology Director and Niloofar Yousefi, UMaine School of Forest Resources grad student bringing technology and engineering to life
  • Earn nine contact hours
  • Become part of the network of educators who share common interests and goals

Who should attend: teachers, natural resource professionals, community leaders

When:  Beginning Friday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, June 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Why attend: Combine the Project Learning Tree K-12 Curriculum with STEM, NGSS & more

From Crystal Priest: Getting Back to Nature with Technology – and you thought you were roughing it . . . explore ways to use iPads and iPhones in the woods. Check out apps that help you understand what you see, apps that help you collect data, and apps that augment reality in interesting ways for learning.

Fee: $70 per person for participants working with Piscataquis County or Jackman youth, $121 for all others – includes meals from dinner on Friday – lunch on Saturday, lodging, and curricula.

From Niloofar Yousefi, UMaine School of Forest Resources grad research assistant:  Making the world a greener, cleaner and cheaper place. Providing eco-friendly solutions by introducing biobased advanced products to various potential markets.

Lodging is in AMC’s wood heated cabins and bunkhouse. While very comfortable, these cabins have no electricity and are shared with other participants.  Bedding is required for bunkhouse so please bring a sleeping bag or sheets/blanket, pillow with you. Bathroom facilities and showers are in a separate building across the site.



FMI contact Dawna: or 207-695-3085 or Pat Maloney: or 207-626-7990