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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.


  • 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.

  • Introduction to Lakes

    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 MSU Extension experts.

  • Conflict, Collaboration & Consensus in Natural Resource Issues

    Conflict, Collaboration & Consensus in Natural Resource Issues is a course offered by Michigan State University Extension designed to help natural resource professionals gain confidence and competence in helping groups and communities productively address contentious natural resource issues.

  • 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.

  • Life of the Straits: Mackinac Island

    Published on August 13, 2020

    Mackinac Island is the most popular tourist destination in Michigan with more than 1 million visitors each year.

  • Wild Spartans: Science in Zookeeping & Conservation with Caitlin Mack

    Published on November 10, 2020

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we head to the sub-Sahara to learn about African painted (wild) dogs. Meet MSU graduate researcher, Caitlin Mack, learn about her work on the social behavior and conservation of these rare carnivores, and the education and career path she followed as she discusses “Science in Zookeeping and Conservation.”

  • Wild Spartans: Invasive Species with Taylor Haas

    Published on December 8, 2020

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we go upstream to learn about sea lamprey, an oceanic species invading the Great Lakes. Meet MSU graduate researcher, Taylor Haas, learn about his field work, and the education and career path he followed to get there in his presentation, “Invasive Species and I: A Scientist’s Tale of Working with Wildlife from Elsewhere”.

  • Wild Spartans: Raptor Conservation with Libby Mojica

    Published on January 12, 2021

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we take to the skies to talk to an ornithologist about the raptors that inspire us! Learn about researching, protecting, and conserving raptors that soar our skies. Meet EDM wildlife biologist, Libby Mojica, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “Raptor Conservation and Management: Working with Birds of Prey in Cities and Wildlands.”

  • Wild Spartans: Protecting Michigan's Bats with John DePue

    Published on October 26, 2020

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, meet Michigan DNR biologist, John DePue, learn about his field work, and his education and career path as he shares his work "Protecting Michigan's Bats."

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day - Secretive Marsh Birds

    Published on September 24, 2020

    CANR student Hannah Landwerlen talks about her project to band and track marsh birds at CMERC.

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day - Corey Marsh introduction

    Published on September 24, 2020

    A quick look at Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center in visual form.

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day - Cavity Nesting Birds at Corey Marsh

    Published on September 24, 2020

    CANR student Evan Griffis talks about his research project on cavity nesting birds at CMERC.

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day - Educational & Outreach at CMERC

    Published on September 24, 2020

    CMERC Education and Outreach Coordinator Kristy Taylor shows the opportunities for the public and other groups to experience Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center.

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day - Avian Influenza Virus

    Published on September 24, 2020

    Dr. Jennifer Owen talks about how AIV is being tracked at Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center.

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day - an overview of CMERC

    Published on September 24, 2020

    CMERC director Dr. Jennifer Owen gives an overview of Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center, a facility with a long history and a bright future.

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day

    Published on September 24, 2020

    The team from Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center present their Virtual Field Day program for 2020.

  • CMERC Migratory Birds Virtual Field Day - Michigan State Bird Observatory

    Published on September 24, 2020

    Dr. Jennifer Owen discusses one of the biggest facets of the Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center.

  • Fighting Invasive Species: Small Organisms, Epic Possibilities

    Published on February 4, 2021

    Researcher Marianna Szűcs discusses her lab’s work using natural enemies to manage invasive species.

  • Climate Change and Agriculture

    Published on August 28, 2016

    Getting started with climate change and agriculture: What do Michigan farmers think?

  • Wild Spartans: Searching for Vernal Pools with Yu Man Lee

    Published on March 9, 2021

    In this episode, we will take a dive into the springtime ephemeral pools in the woods to discover the treasures within! We will talk to a herpetologist about researching and conserving amphibians and reptiles. Meet Yu Man Lee, Conservation Scientist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there.