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Introduction to Lakes Online Course Registration Now Open

Introduction to Lakes Online is a six-week online course specially designed for lake users, lakefront property owners, lake managers, teachers, and others interested in learning about inland lakes. 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. The following topics are offered during the six-week course:

  1. Lake ecology
  2. Lakes and their watersheds
  3. Shorelines
  4. Michigan water law
  5. Aquatic plant management
  6. Community 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 ask-an-expert webinar sessions with instructors and outside experts.

MSU Extension course instructors include Bindu Bhakta, Erick Elgin, Dr. Jo Latimore, Dr. Lois Wolfson, and Brad Neumann. Sign up for the electronic MSU Extension newsletter and select “lakes, streams, and watersheds” to stay informed about future offerings.

Register before Friday, December 20th to qualify for an early bird price of $95 per person. After December 20th, registration is $115 per person. The last day to register is Wednesday,
January 8, 2020.

Special offer for PBWOA members. Present your certificate of successful completion and PBWOA will reimburse your registration fee.

The course will begin on January 14, 2020 and end on March 13, 2020.

For more information about Intro to Lakes and to register for the course, please visit the Introduction to Lakes website.

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