Announcements / Opportunities

Learn to Identify Aquatic Invasive Species

Join us at one of three workshops being offered in June through the Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP).  VIP workshops cover such fundamentals as the difference between native, exotic, nuisance and invasive species; how invasive species are introduced and established; how to differentiate native aquatic plants and animals from their invasive lookalikes (plants will be emphasized); and how to conduct surveys for aquatic invasive species in lakes and ponds.

2015 Schedule:

Friday, June 12th, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
VIP Workshop, National Life Storage Annex, 190 Junction Road, Berlin

Friday, June 19th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
VIP Workshop, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes

Friday, June 26th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
VIP Practice Survey, Lake Memphremagog-Prouty Beach, Newport

The 5 – 6 hour VIP workshops include classroom time and “field-time” on the water.  Or get your feet wet during the 2 hour VIP practice survey, suitable for experienced VIPs looking to refresh their skills or those new to aquatic invasive species identification.

Interested participants are encouraged to join our statewide network of volunteers who survey for aquatic invasive species in their favorite lake or pond.

Space is limited so register early. Workshops and materials are offered at no cost to participants.  For more information, contact Bethany Sargent.

Learn about aquatic invasive species and more at the Vermont Lakes Conference on Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th!  Come for one or both days!

Bring a friend and help us celebrate the natural and cultural values of our lakes at the Vermont-hosted New England Chapter of the North American Lakes Conference.  The NEC NALMS conference will take place in Burlington, along the banks of Lake Champlain in the state-of-the-art, LEED certified Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center.  This conference features a robust agenda covering topics on science, art, native plants, regulations, and the latest outreach tools.  There’s a chance to learn to “paint the lake” and to take home your own masterpiece!  We hope to see you there.

To register visit the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds website at or for questions contact Amy Picotte at or 802-490-6128.

Join us for the 2015 Vermont Lakes - NEC NALMS Conference

Join us for the 2015 Vermont Lakes – NEC NALMS Conference