Give the gift of knowledge this holiday season with MSU Extension’s Introduction to Lakes Online course

Treat someone special in your life to an online course dedicated to Michigan inland lakes!

Do you have a family member or friend who lives on a lake? Why give another scented candle or novelty tie when you can treat them to a deeper understanding of the lake they love? Consider registering them for the Michigan State University Extension Introduction to Lakes Online course this winter. This unique gift will teach your family member or friend how lakes work and in turn can empower them to help protect Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes.

MSU Extension’s Introduction to Lakes Online is an award winning, six-week online course designed for anyone interested in learning about inland lakes including lakefront property owners, local government officials, lake managers, and educators. Each week, a new lake topic is explored via video lectures, interactive activities, discussion forums, quizzes, and additional learning resources. Course topics include lake ecology, watershed management, shoreline protection, Michigan water law, aquatic plants, and community engagement. The course also includes opportunities to interact with course instructors and professionals from Michigan State University, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources through three Ask-an-Expert webinar sessions.

Registration is open now. The 2021 course will run from Jan. 19 to March 26, 2021. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Register by Dec. 28, 2020 for an early bird price of $95 per person. Registration closes Jan. 14, 2021.

Gifting a registration is easy. Visit and find, “Register a colleague or friend“ near the bottom of the webpage.

Everyone who completes the course will receive a free, one-year membership to Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, including four issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine. Continuing Education Credits are also available, including 16 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification credits, six Master Citizen Planner Education credits, 16 Michigan Master Naturalist credits and 16 Michigan Conservation Stewards Program advanced training hours.

The dynamic nature of lakes captures our curiosity and wonder. Introduction to Lakes Online is a great opportunity to explore these curiosities. The more we understand about lakes, the better equipped we are to protect and care for them.

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