MI Paddle Stewards are volunteers who assist local water trails with identifying and reporting Aquatic Invasive Species. Paddle Antrim is pleased to be a part of this program, working with partner organizations and local paddlers to help protect Northern Michigan waters and the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. Participants will learn about important invasive species, how to properly clean a watercraft, and how to report invasive species. Paddlers will learn to use the MISIN (Midwest Invasive Species Information Network) app, a reporting tool used by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and others to locate invasive species of concern. Training for volunteers is available through MI Sea Grant. A previously recorded classroom is also available for viewing below thanks to our friends at CAKE-CISMA.
2022 MI Paddle Steward Classes
Join local conservation professionals in Northwest Michigan to learn how you can contribute to our work while you are out paddling and playing on the water! You will learn how to identify and report invasive species while preventing their spread. All classes will include off-water and on-water instruction. We are thrilled to partner with the following organizations to host four classes around Northwest Michigan this season: CAKE CISMA, Grass River Natural Area, Kalkaska Conservation District, Little Traverse Conservancy, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, and Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy.
Self-paced Class: MI Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension is offering an online program to complete in six short sessions, funded by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. Registration information can be found at https://bit.ly/paddlestewards.