Registration for the award-winning Michigan State University Extension Introduction to Lakes Online course is now open! This introductory six-week online course kicks off January 30th and is designed for anyone interested in inland lakes including concerned residents, decision makers, local leaders, and lakefront property owners. Course instructors include faculty from MSU Extension and state agency personnel.

Course topics include lake ecology, watershed management, shoreline protection, aquatic plants, Michigan water law, and community engagement. These six topics are explored online through video lectures, interactive activities, and discussion forums. Additional resources are also provided for those looking to dive deeper into a topic. Participants communicate with each other and instructors through lively discussion forums and biweekly Ask-an-Expert webinars which include guests from organizations such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Registration is open now through January 28, 2024. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Register by January 12, 2024, for an early bird price of $95 per person. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Current individual members of the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association are eligible to receive a $95 reimbursement upon the first successful completion of the course.

A certificate of completion is awarded to those who complete the course. Participants can also receive educational hours for the MSU Extension Master Gardener, Master Citizen Planner, and Master Naturalist programs.

Learn more and register at www.canr.msu.edu/lakesonline.

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