A six-week online course designed for those interested in learning about inland lakes. Participants learn and explore lake ecology, watersheds, natural shorelines, water law, aquatic plants, and citizen involvement.

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Michigan is blessed with more than 11,000 inland lakes and each provides unique recreational, scenic and environmental benefits. These inland lakes are complex ecosystems and are often negatively impacted by both the people that live near them as well as the water that drains into them. Frequently, local communities struggle to protect and manage inland lakes in a way that incorporates the best available knowledge and resources. Concerned citizens, decision makers, local leaders, resource professionals and lakefront property owners can learn about inland lake management and protection by enrolling in the MSU Extension Introduction to Lakes online course. 

Introduction to Lakes is a six-week online course specially designed for lake users, lakefront property owners, and lake managers interested in learning about inland lakes. From the comfort of home or office, participants have 24/7 access to six online units complete with closed captioned video lectures, interactive activities, additional resources, discussion forums, quizzes and live chat sessions with classmates and Michigan State University Extension experts. Through this convenient format, participants increase their knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

  1. Lake ecology
  2. Lakes and their watersheds
  3. Shorelines
  4. Michigan water law
  5. Aquatic plant management
  6. Community involvement in lake stewardship

The course is taught on a week-by-week basis, allowing for online communication between classmates and instructors through topical discussion forums. The course also includes three Ask-an-Expert webinar sessions with instructors and outside experts. Course instructors include Bindu Bhakta, Erick Elgin, Paige Filice, Dr. Jo Latimore, Brad Neumann, Mary Reilly and Dr. Lois Wolfson.

2021 Introduction to Lakes Course Information

The 2021 Introduction to Lakes course will begin on January 19, 2021. Registration is currently closed. Sign up to be notified when registration opens. 

Course Details

Previous offerings of the course have included the following benefits and Continuing Education Credits. Pending approval for 2021.

  • 16 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Re-certification credits (8 Commercial Core & 8 Aquatic [category 5])
  • 6 Master Citizen Planner Education Credits
  • 16 Master Gardener Credits
  • 15 credits in The Wildlife Society Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program
  • A free one-year membership to Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, including 4 issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine

 

Contact

Paige Filice
filicepa@msu.edu
Natural Resources Educator
Michigan State University Extension

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