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Scope Out with Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D.

FREE Teacher Training Opportunity for middle school teachers at schools

in the San Gabriel Valley

2024 Workshop:

Day 1: Thursday, July 25, 2024 (10am - 3pm) - via Zoom

Day 2: Friday, July 26, 2024 (9am - 4pm) - Hands-on Lab

Project duration: Implement program at your middle school between July 29 - November 30


Day 1: Zoom

Day 2: 1145 N Azusa Canyon Rd., West Covina, CA 91790

 Cost: FREE

* 3 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) offered through Cal Poly Pomona


Sign up deadline: Sunday, May 26th

Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. Teacher Training

About Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D.

Populations of invasive Aedes mosquitoes were detected in the San Gabriel Valley in 2011. These mosquitoes are capable of transmitting dengue, yellow fever, Zika and other dangerous pathogens. Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. (Growth Reduction, Increased Detection) mobilizes middle school students to get mosquitoes off the grid. Participants will use an industry-standard surveillance tool (an oviposition lure) to determine the presence or absence of Aedes mosquitoes on their property. Students analyze their lure data at school and submit the results to our public health agency.


Topics covered during teacher training

  1. Mosquito biology, surveillance strategies, mosquito source reduction, and bite prevention strategies

  2. Link between mosquitoes, vector-borne disease, and climate change

  3. How to facilitate our community science mosquito surveillance program with your middle school students

  4. Student use of microscopes to analyze field data collected and data reporting

Professional Development Credit

Three Cal Poly Pomona Continuing Education Units (CEUs) offered for free at the completion of the course.

Training Breakdown

Day 1 (Synchronous): Zoom


  • Importance of vector control to public health

  • Connection between climate change and vector-borne disease

  • Vector-borne disease cycles in the San Gabriel Valley

  • Emerging diseases and vector/pathogens of concern

Day 2 (Synchronous): Hands-on Lab


  • Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. Overview

  • Aedes 101, Source Reduction, Bite Prevention

  • Science behind G.R.I.D. techniques

  • Sample collection and analysis

  • Preparing for Facilitation

Project implementation date range (Asynchronous): July 29 - November 30

  • Develop instructional plan

  • Implementation of program with middle school students

    • Total project time for students is approximately 4 weeks

      • Week 0: Student sign-ups and permission slip submissions

      • Week 1: Water sample collection (at home)

      • Week 2: Set out a G.R.I.D. lure for a week (at home)

      • Week 3: Analyze results (as a class)

  • Classroom microscopes are necessary for analysis of mosquito egg papers and sample water analysis

Student setting Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. lure

Teacher Feedback

"I received so much knowledge and hands-on experience out of the two-day Cal Poly Pomona training. It was very interesting and engaging for teachers... This training gave me every reason to be motivated towards a common cause to help save lives by eradicating an invasive species in our neighborhoods." - 8th grade teacher, Pasadena USD

"I learned a lot about mosquitos (lifecycle, reproduction, native vs. invasive species). I also learned about the importance of vector control in public health." - 8th grade teacher, Bonita USD

Links and Resources

Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. overview

2022 Class Syllabus

(2024 coming soon)

Aedes mosquito egg under the microscope

Student Egg Paper

Results 2023

GIF of mosquito larvae under the microscope

Student Water Sample

Results 2023


EcoHealth Vector Education Program

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control Agency

(626) 214-0726

SGVMVCD services: Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Claremont, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Industry, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monterey Park, Monrovia, Pasadena, Pomona, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Temple City, West Covina and Walnut

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