Volunteers Community Partners

E&O Overview


The Education and Outreach Program primarily focuses on coordinating invasive species workshops, education/outreach, and delivering citizen science activities to municipalities, environmental groups, community members and students in the Finger Lakes and New York’s Great Lakes region.

Establishing a strong connection between FL-PRISM and the general public, volunteers, institutions of higher education, lake associations, NGO’s, agencies and other stakeholders, assists us in promoting FL- PRISM and fostering our mission; to reduce the introduction, spread, and impact of invasive species within the Finger Lakes PRISM 17 county region through coordinated education, detection, prevention, and control measures.

All of this helps to enhance visibility within agencies in the Finger Lakes region to increase general knowledge (detection, prevention, control) of invasive species and to provide the tools necessary to make sound management decisions across the region.

We offer technical training on invasive species identification and management options for professionals and educators to incorporate invasive species awareness in their curriculum.

Community Training

Teacher Training

Highway Dept. Training

Outreach and Tabling Events

During 2018, we trained:

→ 984 people in the identification, biology, survey and control of invasive species
→ 115 people in iMapInvasives
→ 241,571 people in Early Detection Rapid Response (ED/RR)

Citizen Science Programs

Finger Lakes Macrophyte Survey Program

Survey Tool Kit

OBJECTIVE: Participants will learn to survey for, identify, and report three high priority invasive species of concern:

  • Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata)
  • Water chestnut (Trapa natans)
  • Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) 2017
  • Eleven volunteers covered seven of the Finger Lakes:
    • Canandaigua, Cayuga, Conesus, Honeoye, Keuka, Skaneateles, and Owasco.
  • Rake tosses 4x month for 3 months, 123 tosses total for the season 2018
  • Twenty-four volunteers covered eight lakes:
    • Five of the Finger Lakes: Cayuga, Conesus, Hemlock, Honeoye, and Loon.
    • Three Lakes in Schuyler County: Cayuta, Lamoka, and Waneta.
  • Rake tosses bi-weekly for 5 months, 211 tosses total for the season.

RESULTS: Throughout the two seasons, of the three high priority species, none was reported.

Girl Scout Pilot Program: “Sneaky” STEM Camp at Camp Comstock, Cayuga Lake

Girl Scouts pulling swallowwort

OBJECTIVE: Participants will learn what invasive species are, how to identify at least two specimens, and how to prevent their spread. An introduction to nature journaling will assist in promoting stewardship in our natural resources.

RESULTS: 61 girls participated in camp during 3 sessions.

Program will expand to Song Lake in Tully