Introduction to Lakes Online

Introduction to Lakes Online is a six-week introductory course specially designed for anyone who wants to learn more about inland lakes including lake users, lakefront property owners, and lake managers. From the comfort of home or office, participants have access to six online units complete with closed-captioned video lectures, interactive activities, additional resources, discussion forums, and quizzes. We also host three Ask-an-Expert webinars featuring Michigan State University experts and outside organizations. The course is offered once a year, typically in January.

Course Format

This is a six-week cohort based online course meaning all participants will be advancing through the educational program together in a collaborative manner. Each week a new course topic will become available for completion. Each unit takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Learn more about the course in our course syllabus.

Course Offering Information

Introduction to Lakes Online is offered once a year and typically begins in January. Enrollment for our January 2023 offering will begin in the fall of 2022. Sign-up below to be added to our email list and you will receive a notification when enrollment opens. Thank you for your interest!

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What to expect

Access to the course will be provided on a week-by-week, unit-by-unit basis with each new unit opening on Tuesday at 8:00 AM eastern. Each week a new unit will become available. You will not have access to all units at once. Your access to proceeding units will be based on completion of the previous unit’s quiz. The quizzes are made up of 10 multiple choice and true/false questions. Once a unit is available to view, it will remain open. You can work on coursework at any time, the course site will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is expected that you will complete all course work for the assigned unit per week. Each unit will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Benefits and Continuing Education Credits

In 2022, everyone who completed the course could receive a free Individual Membership to the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, including four issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine. The following Continuing Education Credits were also available:

More Information

Sign-up here to be added to our email list and you will receive a notification when registration is open in the fall of 2022.

Have a question about the course? For more information, please contact Paige Filice at