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: 

2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention presentation recordings

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.

October 19, 2:00 PM: Understanding patterns of fish kill events in Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes. Presented by Nick Phelps, University of Minnesota. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

October 20, 9:00 AM: 14th Annual Freshwater Summit (Day 1). Presentations include: Wild rice restoration by Roger LaBine, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians; Lakebed 2030 by Hans VanSumeren, Northwestern Michigan College; Traverse City water and wastewater infrastructure update with COVID testing results by Joshua Lycka, Jaconbs/Traverse City Wastewater Treatment Plant; and Using qPCR to engage communities in water quality monitoring by Patrick Hanington, University of Alberta. Host: The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. More details.

October 22, 9:00 AM: 14th Annual Freshwater Summit (Day 2). Presentations include: Benthic changes in Lake Michigan by Ashley Elgin, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; Enhancing community resilience with nature-based solutions by Rachael Franks Taylor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Lightning Talks. Host: The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. More details.

NEW October 25, 2:00 PM: Climate Change 2021: A summary of the IPCC's 2021 Physical Science Basis report. Presented by Heidi Roop, University of Minnesota. Host: North Central Climate Collaborative. More details.

October 26-28: Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. More details.

NEW November 3, Noon: Complexities in predicting harmful algal blooms. Presented by Justin Chaffin, Ohio State University; and Katie Foreman, US EPA. Host: North Central Region Water Network. More details.

November 3, 1:00 PM: Understanding starry stonewort invasions in a changing climate. Presented by Ranjan Muthukrishnan, Indiana University Bloomington. Host: Minnesota AIS Detectors Program. More details.

November 9, 2:00 PM: Structured decision making for lake habitat restoration. Presented by Jessica Collier, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

NEW November 10, 3:00 PM: Building human capital in conservation and watershed work. Host: North Central Region Water Network. More details.

UPDATED November 15-19: NALMS 2021: Valuing water: Economics, ecology, and culture. (Previously hybrid conference now fully online.) Host: North American Lake Management Society. More details. $

November 17: Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) annual volunteer lake and stream monitoring conference - online. Host: MiCorps. More details.

December 14, 2:00 PM: Managing tribal fisheries and employees on the reservation. Presented by Carl Klimah, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

January 6-7, 2022: 2nd Annual Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium. Host: North Central Region Algal Bloom Action Team. More details.