First Detector Advanced Training Course for Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers

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First offered in Fall 2020, this popular training will be offered twice in 2021, in spring (February 20 - April 10, 2021) and in fall (September 11 - October 23, 2021). The First Detector training focuses on the identification and reporting of invasive species. This training is 100% online and course materials can be completed at a time of personal convenience each week. New materials will be released weekly on Saturday mornings. To earn an Advanced Training certificate, individuals need to complete the coursework in the 6-week timeframe of the course. The First Detector training is offered by the Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. It focuses on the identification and reporting of invasive species using a smartphone app, EDDMapS. Participants need to be able to access course lecture videos and assignments via the online classroom site. Additionally, the mapping activity utilizes a free app most easily downloaded to and used on smartphones (It is available in an online version accessible by computer, but the phone version is easier to use). Participants are expected to use the app to complete an assignment. Some reference materials will be shipped to participants via UPS, while other handouts and activities will be available as PDF files for printing at personal discretion. Those who receive this training are expected to assist their respective county Extension office by providing educational instruction and outreach addressing invasive species. Category: [UFE, SGL] ORDER QUANTITY LIMIT: 1* *An online registration form must be completed for each individual registrant in order to track GA MGEV name and address information. Registration Deadline: August 13, 2021