Volunteer with APIPP

 Volunteers play a vital role in helping monitor and manage invasive species on land and in water across all six million acres of Adirondack Park. Our Aquatic and Terrestrial Programs rely on the help of citizen scientists, businesses, and partner organizations to protect the natural resources and economic stablity of the region for future generations. Explore APIPP's volunteer opportunities below, check out our upcoming training calendar (or watch recorded webinars), and get in touch with our staff to get involved today! 

Find Spotted Lanternfly

  • Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that feeds on grapes, hops, orchard trees, and maples, severely threatening New York's forests and agricultural systems
  • We need volunteers to be on the lookout to protect farmers, food, and ecosystems state-wide
  • Learn how to ID SLF, adopt priority areas to survey, and report observations with easy-to-use mapping technology

Summer Lake Protectors

  • Volunteers learn how to identify, survey, and record data about aquatic invasive plants and animals by boat
  • Once trained, select an Adirondack water body of interest to track plant growth throughout the summer - season runs July through September
  • Carry out hands-on surveys looking for invasive mollusks and zooplankton not readily found on the surface

Forest Pest Scouting

  • Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an invasive forest pest killing hemlock trees across the Eastern Seaboard
  • You can help protect the future of Adirondack forests by supporting early detection, rapid response efforts to prevent the spread of these harmful insects
  • Become a trained citizen scientist, adopt trails to steward, and stop Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in its tracks - season runs October through April annually

Knotweed Coordinators

  • Japanese Knotweed is a group of invasive plants impacting wetlands, rivers, lake shores, and infrastructure
  • Knotweed Coordinators work to limit the spread and impact of Knotweeds across Adirondack communities
  • Volunteers help control these invasive plants by carrying out important community outreach and infestation mapping from May to mid-August annually

AIS Volunteers


Waterways Surveyed


Terrestrial Sites Surveyed


Terrestrial Infestations Mapped