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  • Natural Resources

    Our natural resources programs improve public understanding, help landowners and communities use those assets for sustainable long-term social and economic development and conserve natural resources for future generations.


  • Bovine Tuberculosis in Michigan

    Published on September 23, 2021
    Season 1, Episode 2 of the MSU Ag and Wildlife Podcast

  • Opportunities for Wildlife Conservation and Improved Profitability on the Farm

    Published on September 17, 2021
    Season 1, Episode 1 of the MSU Ag and Wildlife Podcast

  • Wild Birds on the Farm

    Published on September 24, 2021
    Season 1, Episode 3 of the MSU Ag and Wildlife Podcast

  • Michigan Master Naturalist Course

    The MSU Extension Michigan Master Naturalist Program is available to all persons interested in understanding and conserving the native ecology of the state beginning in their own backyards. Local programs are coordinated by local partner groups throughout the state. The course is delivered in monthly sessions over a period of six months.

  • Introduction to Lakes Online

    Introduction to Lakes Online 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 MSU Extension experts. The course is typically offered in January.

  • Conservation Stewards Program

    Conservation Stewards Program participants learn about the history of conservation activities in Michigan, ecological principles, ecoregional classifications, and the choices that manage our natural resources. In addition to this foundation, participants learn about terrestrial ecosystems (forestlands and grasslands) and aquatic ecosystems (wetlands, lakes and streams) through classroom and in-field instruction.

  • Oct 5

    Homeownership Education (online)

    October 5, 2020 – October 7, 2020 6 - 8 pm EST Online via Zoom

    This homeownership seminar from MSU Extension will provide you with valuable information about the home buying process.

  • Oct 8

    Free online Michigan Water School webinar series

    October 8, 2020 3:00PM – 5:00PM

    Understanding the state’s water resources is important for elected and appointed officials and their staff when making sound water management decisions.

  • Sep 8

    Virtual Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Fall 2021

    September 8, 2021 – November 10, 2021 Virtual

    This program is designed for those interested in science-based ecosystem management principles & sharing this knowledge with others.

  • Nov 17

    2021 MiCorps Annual Volunteer Monitoring Conference

    November 17, 2021 9:00AM – 4:00PM Zoom

    The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) annual volunteer lake and stream monitoring conference provides an excellent opportunity to stay up to date on monitoring methods and to meet and interact with other volunteer monitors.

  • Jan 25

    Introduction to Lakes Online Course

    January 25, 2022 – March 16, 2023 Online

    Introduction to Lakes Online is a six-week course designed for lake users, property owners, lake managers, and anyone interested in learning about lakes. Topics include lake ecology, watersheds, shorelines, aquatic plants, law, and community engagement.

  • Dec 7

    Supporting Indigenous Students in STEAM Fields Panel

    December 7, 2021 12:00PM – 1:30PM Zoom Panel: Online

    This Panel event features Alexa Oldman-Showmin, Gabriel Gurule and Amanda Ziminski. All three are students at Michigan State University.

  • Jan 11

    Wild Spartans Series: “Butterflies, Bivalves, Birds, and Beyond!”

    January 11, 2022 6:30PM – 7:30PM Zoom

    Are you a Wild Spartan? Join us for this free monthly fisheries and wildlife research webinar series for families interested in exploring science, careers, and conservation.

  • May 10

    Wild Spartans Series: May 2022

    May 10, 2022 6:30PM – 7:30PM Zoom

    Are you a Wild Spartan? Join us for this free monthly fisheries and wildlife research webinar series for families interested in exploring science, careers, and conservation.

  • Feb 8

    Wild Spartans Series: February 2022

    February 8, 2022 6:30PM – 7:30PM Zoom

    Are you a Wild Spartan? Join us for this free monthly fisheries and wildlife research webinar series for families interested in exploring science, careers, and conservation.

  • Apr 12

    Wild Spartans Series: April 2022

    April 12, 2022 6:30PM – 7:30PM Zoom

    Are you a Wild Spartan? Join us for this free monthly fisheries and wildlife research webinar series for families interested in exploring science, careers, and conservation.

  • Mar 8

    Wild Spartans Series: March 2022

    March 8, 2022 6:30PM – 7:30PM Zoom

    Are you a Wild Spartan? Join us for this free monthly fisheries and wildlife research webinar series for families interested in exploring science, careers, and conservation.

  • Jan 11

    Wild Spartans Part 2

    January 11, 2022 6:30PM – 7:30PM

    Join 4-H staff as we take a look into life working with fisheries and wildlife! This month’s Wild Spartans Series will soar the skies and jump into the waters as we explore the natural world around us.

  • Mobile Boat Wash

    The Mobile Boat Wash program provides a trailer-mounted washing unit, two staff who operate the unit and talk with boaters and educational materials on aquatic invasive species prevention.

  • Oil & Gas

    This page is designed to help landowners and local officials learn more about oil and gas leasing, the issues related to oil and natural gas exploration and sources of information.