Introduction to Lakes Online

Date: October 4, 2016 - November 23, 2016
Time: See description.
Location: Webinar
Contact: Cathy Morris,, 248-858-1639

Explore the many dimensions of inland lakes — including riparian rights, shorelines, ecology, aquatic plants, and citizen involvement. There are no prerequisites - just a passion for Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes!

Participants will:

  • Understand the ecological and economic values associated with Michigan’s inland lakes
  • Recognize that inland lake management is multifaceted and requires stakeholder involvement
  • Use federal, state, and local resources to improve water quality

In the comfort of your home or office, and through a series of six units you will learn about:

  1. Lake ecology
  2. Lakes and their watersheds
  3. Lakes and their shorelines
  4. Michigan water law
  5. Aquatic plant management
  6. Promoting citizen involvement in lake management.

Each self-paced unit includes video lectures, online activities, faciliated discussion forums, comprehensive resources, quizzes, and pre-scheduled webinars featuring experts on each unit topic. 

The course begins on Tuesday, Oct. 4th and wraps up on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd.

Over the course of the six weeks, you will be provided access to this online course on a week-by-week, unit-by-unit basis with each new unit opening on Tuesday’s at noon. This arrangement will allow for online communication with your classmates through weekly, topical discussion forums as well as with your course instructors. The course also includes three live webinars with the instructors. The course site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you will be able to login and work at your own pace.

Introduction to Lakes begins Oct. 4. Enrollment ends Sepember 23, 2016. 

Live chat sessions will be held every other week on Wednesdays at Noon (EST):

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Noon - 1 p.m. (EST); Topics: Lake ecology & watershed management
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2 - Noon - 1 p.m (EST); Topics: Natural shorelines & Michigan water law
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 - Noon - 1 p.m. (EST); Topics: Aquatic plants & citizen involvement

Course Fee is $80 if you register by August 31, 2016.
Course Fee is $95 if you register September 1-23, 2016.

The last day to register is September 23, 2016.

Registration fees are refundable, less a $25 cancellation fee, until Sept. 23, 2016. After Sept. 23, refunds are no longer available.

For complete course details, please visit the Introduction to Lakes web page.

This course has been approved for:

  • 14 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH). Those requesting SCECH will be required to pay an additional $10 fee
  • 14 MDARD pesticide applicator seminar credits (Commercial Core or Category 5 [Aquatics])
  • 6 Michigan Citizen Planner credits

Those who registered who need MDARD credits, SCHECH, or Citizen Planner credits, please contact Bindu at


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