Online Learning

Many organizations are offering online learning opportunities. The list below highlights many current lake-related online events. These events welcome lake professionals and the public. You may also wish to explore these websites for additional events, recordings of past events, and more: 

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association (Spring 2020 Webinar Series recordings)

Michigan State University Extension

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership

North American Lake Management Society

To have your live webinar or virtual event included here, contact us.

 

Events Listing

All times Eastern. "$" indicates there may be a cost to participate.

Ongoing through December 31, 2020: MI Paddle Stewards. (Self-paced online course for paddlers; learn about invasive species and how to report them, and how to clean your watercraft to prevent their spread.) Host: Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension. More details. $

Ongoing: Master Rain Gardener Online Class. Presented by Susan Bryan, Rain Garden Coordinator; Harry Sheehan, Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner; and Shannan Gibb-Randall, InSite Design Studio, Inc. Host: Washtenaw County (MI) Water Resources Commissioner. You do not need to live in Washtenaw County to participate. More details.

November 24, Noon: Grayling in Michigan: Their past, present, and future. Presented by Nicole Watson, Michigan State University. Host: Michigan State University Extension Conservation Stewards Program. More details.

December 3, 9:30 AM: Michigan Vernal Pools Partnership - Annual Meeting. Includes guest presentations: Impacts of urbanization on genetic diversity and connectivity of vernal pool amphibians, presented by Jared Homola, Michigan State University; Evaluating and identifying high quality vernal pools for conservation, presented by Richard Staffen, Wisconsin Natural Heritage Conservation Program and Betsy Leppo, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program; and Implementing an effective and sustainable citizen science program, presented by Jo Latimore, Michigan State University. More details.

NEW December 7, 11:00 AM: Great Lakes Seminar Series: Keynote Speaker. Presented by Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. Host: Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. Register.

December 8, Noon: How habitat restoration on Belle Isle can mitigate climate change. Presented by Sam Lovell, Friends of the Detroit River; and Greg Norwood, Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Host: Michigan State University Extension Conservation Stewards Program. More details.

December 8, Noon: Online decision support tool to prioritize AIS [aquatic invasive species] surveillance and watercraft inspection activities. Presented by Nick Phelps, University of Minnesota. Host: Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Register.

December 8, 12:30 PM: Salinization of freshwater ecosystems. Presented by Hilary Dugan, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Host: Society of Canadian Limnologists. Register.

NEW December 8, 1:00 PM: Great Lakes Seminar Series: Panel Discussion - Cultivating authentic partnerships with tribes and tribal leaders. Presented by Brett Fessell, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; and Kira Davis, Conservation Resource Alliance. Host: Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. Register.

NEW December 8, 3:00 PM: Great Lakes Seminar Series: Panel Discussion - Engagement and organizing in Great Lakes communities. Presented by Paco Ollervides, Green Leadership Trust; Nicole Brown, Detroit Future City; and Anna-Lisa Castle, Alliance for the Great Lakes. Host: Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. Register.

NEW December 9, 1:00 PM: Great Lakes Seminar Series: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 101 - Policy and funding. Presented by Chad Lord, Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. Host: Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. Register.

NEW December 9, 3:00 PM: Great Lakes Seminar Series: Equity and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Presented by Anna Brunner, National Wildlife Federation; and Crystal Davis, Alliance for the Great Lakes. Host: Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. Register.

NEW December 10, 1:00 PM: Great Lakes Seminar Series: Panel Discussion: State Revolving Funds - A State-level program view. Presented by Cyndi Roper, National Resources Defense Council; additional speakers to be confirmed. Host: Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. Register.

December 15, Noon: Perspectives in conservation: Understanding people and the landscape to protect our natural heritage. Presented by Jesse Lincoln, Michigan Natural Features Inventory. Host: Michigan State University Extension Conservation Stewards Program. More details.

January 19-March 26: Introduction to Lakes - Online Course. Presented by Bindu Bhakta, Erick Elgin, Paige Filice, Jo Latimore, Brad Neumann, Mary Reilly, and Lois Wolfson, Michigan State University Extension. Host: Michigan State University Extension. More details. $

February 1-3: 2021 Virtual Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference. More details. $

February 25-26: Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife - Graduate Research Symposium. Host: MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife - Graduate Student Organization. More details.