Introduction to Lakes OnlineMichigan State University Extension is excited to announce the return of the Introduction to Lakes program series, now online for the first time! Updated and reformatted, the six-unit series is specially designed for lakefront property owners, lake association members, lake improvement board members, local government officials, natural resource professionals, K-12 educators and others interested in learning about Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes. Previously the program was taught face-to-face around the state. With the new Introduction to Lakes online course you will, from the comfort of your home or office, have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units — complete with video lectures, activities, resources, discussion forums, quizzes, and live chat sessions with Michigan State University Extension experts. Through this convenient format you will increase your knowledge and understanding of lake ecology, lake and their watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management, and citizen involvement.

The week-by-week schedule allows for online communications with classmates through weekly, topical discussion forums, and course instructors through pre-scheduled live chat sessions. Course instructors are MSU Extension educators or specialists, including Bindu Bhakta, Terry Gibb, Jane Herbert, Dr. Jo Latimore and Dr. Lois Wolfson.

The course begins October 6th and ends November 18th, 2015. Deadline to register is October 1st. Registration fee is $75.00. Register by August 31st and receive a special early bird discount rate of $60.00. For registration details, please visit the Introduction to Lakes web page at  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/introduction_to_lakes_online

A recent MSU Extension news article about this online course is also available at: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/introduction_to_lakes_course_coming_soon_to_a_computer_near_you.

Michigan Department of Rural Development (MDARD) Pesticide Applicator Re-certification credits are available for this course. Michigan Department of Education State continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) have also been requested.

To download an Intro to Lakes on-line course flyer,  click here

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