ADV: Invasive Species Early Detection Training

DakotaCountyParksGeneral Description

To protect our natural resources at parks in Dakota County we need a dedicated team of people to help scout and report new infestations of invasive plants.

Invasive plants threaten the health of our ecosystems by decreasing diversity within a plant community and providing few benefits to wildlife. Although many invasive species have a strong foothold in parts of Minnesota, it is crucial to identify and control NEW infestations before they spread too far.

If you enjoy being outdoors and want to contribute to conservation, consider becoming an Early Detection Volunteer!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Attend one training (refresher training held in the spring and as-needed).
  • Spend 2 or more hours per month scouting your designated conservation zone.
  • Report invasive species sightings.


  • Can walk on and off trails comfortably.
  • After the training, can identify the target invasive species.
  • Can work independently.
  • Knowledge of/ability to identify other invasive plants is a plus.
  • Access to a smartphone or tablet is a plus.

For more information, please visit: Dakota County Parks