Introduction to Lakes Online

Introduction to Lakes Online

Michigan is blessed with more than 11,000 inland lakes. Each provide unique recreational, scenic and environmental benefits. These inland lakes are complex ecosystems, and are often negatively impacted by both the people that live near them as well as the water that drains into them. Frequently, local communities struggle to protect and manage inland lakes in a way that incorporates the best available knowledge and resources. Concerned citizens, decision makers, local leaders, resource professionals and lakefront property owners can learn about inland lake management and protection by enrolling in the MSU Extension Introduction to Lakes online course. 

Introduction to Lakes is a six-week online course specially designed for citizens and professionals alike that are 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 Michigan State University Extension experts. Through this convenient format, participants increase their knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

  1. Lake ecology
  2. Lakes and their watersheds
  3. Shorelines
  4. Michigan water law
  5. Aquatic plant management
  6. Citizen involvement in lake stewardship

The course is taught on a week-by-week basis, allowing for online communication between classmates and instructors through topical discussion forums. The course also includes three pre-scheduled live chat sessions with instructors and outside experts. Course instructors include Bindu Bhakta, Terry Gibb, Jane Herbert, Dr. Jo Latimore, Dr. Lois Wolfson, Beth Clawson, Brad Neumann, and a variety of other water resource experts. 

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Introduction to Lakes will be offered again in 2018 (January 23- March 9, 2018). Sign-up for the electronic MSU Extension newsletter and select “lakes, streams and watersheds” to stay informed about future offerings.

This course has been approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for 14 Pesticide Applicator Recertification seminar credits (Commercial Core or Category 5 [Aquatics]), Michigan Department of Education for 14 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH), and MSU Extension Master Citizen Planner credits.

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Bindu Bhakta
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Natural Resources Educator
Michigan State University Extension

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