Participant Training

The PAMF Team has been hard at work developing new and improved training opportunities for PAMF participants that work for each person’s individual learning style. Check out the options below to learn all you need to know about participating in PAMF!

Self-Guided PAMF Participant Training Course

If you are new to the PAMF program, you can now enroll in our self-guided PAMF Participant Training course! This training takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and covers all aspects of PAMF participation – from the pitfalls of monitoring to submitting reports. It is free to sign up and can be taken at any time and at any pace. Instructions for how to register can be found here.

Why enroll in this training course?

This PAMF training course is a great, comprehensive resource for any new, existing, or interested PAMF participant! The course allows you to learn about PAMF in your own time and provides all of the resources you need to be successful. It can also be a great resource for training seasonal employees or volunteers to help enroll or monitor your Phragmites sites. Completing this course will earn you a certificate that states you are a certified PAMFer and have successfully been trained in how to collect and submit high quality data.

Refresher Course Now Available! 

For those PAMF veterans who may just want a quick refresher on a certain topic, check out our new PAMF Refresher Course! This short course does not require any account registration and allows you jump around to learn more about a specific topic. Click “log in as guest” on the Moodle homepage to access the course! 

Start your PAMF training course now!


PAMF Monitoring Overview Webinar

Tue, Jun 18, 2024 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (EDT)

Monitoring is a critical component of PAMF and occurs annually in July. PAMF’s monitoring protocol is a standardized procedure for monitoring the Phragmites within your management unit (MU) to determine its current state, or level of infestation. The protocol consists of a) observing your MU as a whole to estimate the Phragmites’ percent establishment and assess its spread, and b) navigating to the five monitoring locations where live Phragmites is found and following the instructions to count live stems, measure stem diameters, and observe plant stress. 

Easy right? We hope so! However, monitoring isn’t always as straightforward as we would like. But don’t worry, we are here to help. This webinar is open to new and experienced PAMF participants; whether you are looking for a refresher or this is your first time monitoring, we encourage you register! 

During this one-hour webinar, PAMF staff will walk through the steps involved in the PAMF monitoring protocols and provide tips and tricks to help you avoid any pitfalls. 

We look forward to having you attend the event!

Register Here!


Looking for the PAMF Web Hub? 

Access the PAMF Web Hub at (or if you experience firewall issues) 

Once you have enrolled in PAMF and have access to the Web Hub, you will find all the materials you need to report your data and track your progress with PAMF, as well as helpful how-to resources such as ‘quick guides’ and flow charts. 


Anyone managing non-native Phragmites in the Great Lakes basin can participate in PAMF. Click the button below to get started! 


Please contact: Samantha Tank, Great Lakes Commission at