In order to prepare for another busy boating season, IISG and Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) will be hosting two free training events. These workshops will train participants about aquatic invasive species relevant to the southern Lake Michigan basin, as well as about techniques for interacting with the public and providing successful outreach. Attending the training isn’t mandatory in order to volunteer for Clean Boats Crew, but is encouraged. The workshops will take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois on Wednesday, May 15th from 6-8pm and on Saturday, May 18th from 2-4pm. Refreshments will be provided. These trainings are free to all participants, but registration is required.

The Clean BoatsCrew program hires hourly employees and volunteers that educate boaters and other recreational water users about aquatic invasive species (AIS). “Last summer, Clean Boats Crew talked with over 1800 boaters in Illinois and Indiana about how the public can help prevent the spread of AIS. This year, I’m hopeful we can repeat that success” said Sarah Zack, IISG AIS Outreach Specialist.
Learn more about the Clean Boats Crew program, attend a training, or volunteer for this summer’s boating season by contacting Cathy McGlynn by e-mail or phone.