Introduction to Lakes Online
Introduction to Lakes Online is designed for interested individuals, decision makers, local leaders, resource professionals, and lakefront property owners interested in gaining knowledge about inland lakes and connecting with others who have a similar interest. In this introductory course, participants increase their knowledge and understanding of the following six topics:
- Lake ecology
- Aquatic plant management
- Michigan water law
- Community involvement
Course instructors include Bindu Bhakta, Erick Elgin, Paige Filice, Julia Kirkwood, Dr. Jo Latimore, Brad Neumann, Mary Reilly, and Dr. Lois Wolfson.
2024 Course Information
This course is offered once a year in January. Registration for the 2024 course is now closed. Want to be alerted this fall when registration opens again? Sign-up here to be added to our email list.
- Six-week class with participants advancing through the program together
- Access to new units will be provided on a week-by-week, unit-by-unit basis with each new unit opening on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM eastern. Access to future 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.
What to expect
Every week a new unit exploring an inland lake topic will be released on our website. Participants will explore course topics through video lectures and activities such as readings and exploring interactive websites. Many units also include a discussion forum, prompting participants to interact with others and the instructional team. For those looking to dive deeper into a topic, we also provide numerous additional resources. Each unit takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
|Explore the Introduction to Lakes course website and introduce yourself to the class and instructors via discussion forums
|An introduction to lake ecosystems and the exploration of basic lake functions
|Primer on the water cycle, hydrologic features of a watershed, and land use impacts to lake water quality
|Review of shoreline features and functions in inland lake ecosystems and best practices to protect water quality and lake habitat
|Introduction to plant identification, short and long-term management techniques, and regulations regarding aquatic vegetation
in Michigan lakes
|Summary of federal, state, and local laws regarding riparian rights, navigability, and permitting on inland lakes in Michigan
|Review of institutions involved in lake management, coordinating with other lake groups, and components of a lake management plan
|To receive a Certificate of Completion or Continuing Education Credits all course requirements must be met by this date
Every other week we offer optional one hour Ask-an-Expert webinars specific to topics in the course. These are hosted by the instructional team and outside experts. During the webinar participants ask questions to a panel via a Q&A box.
- Wednesday February 21, Noon to 1:00 p.m. EST: Lake Ecology and Watersheds
- Wednesday March 6, Noon to 1:00 p.m. EST: Shorelines and Aquatic Plants
- Wednesday March 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m. EST: Water Law and Community Involvement
The 2024 course was approved for the following:
- 16 Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide recertification credits (8 Commercial Core & 8 category 5 [aquatic])
- 6 Master Citizen Planner education hours
- 16 Michigan Master Naturalist education hours
- 16 Master Gardener Program education hours
Everyone who completes Introduction to Lakes Online is also eligible to receive a free one-year membership to the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association.
Have a question about the course? For more information, contact Paige Filice at firstname.lastname@example.org.