By January 21, 2019 No Comments
by: Dr. Jo Latimore, PhD, MSU

Have you ever struggled watching people in your community disagree about what is best for your lake? Do you ever wish you knew more about how lakes and rivers work? Are you unsure about what resources are available to help protect and manage your lake or waterway? Are you ready to jump in and be a lake leader? The Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute wants you!

The Class of 2019 will be the 8th session of this popular program, co-sponsored by MLSA. Participants develop their technical and people skills in an atmosphere of openness, trust, and camaraderie, with guidance from expert instructors. Community members, students, and professionals are all encouraged to apply.

Learning by doing:

·         Study the life and habitats of Michigan lakes and rivers

·         Develop communication and conflict management skills

·         Discover new resources and partnership opportunities

·         Explore Michigan water law, regulations, and management programs

The Institute is conducted in three sessions that include classroom learning and field experiences:

·         May 31-June 1:Kettunen Center, near Cadillac

·         July 26-27:Kellogg Biological Station, near Kalamazoo

·         October 18: Michigan State University, East Lansing

Sponsors cover most of the costs of putting on the Institute; the participant registration fee of $400 covers the remainder. Scholarships are available.

Applications and more information are available online.

You can also contact Dr. Jo Latimore at MSU: or 517-432-1491. The application deadline is March 31, 2019.

The Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and is endorsed by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.