A Gift for MLSA Members: FREE* 2022 Intro to Lakes
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This January, develop a deeper understanding of inland lakes by enrolling in the Introduction to Lakes Online course. Introduction to Lakes Online is a nationally recognized award winning six-week class that is offered in a convenient, self-paced online format. The course is designed for anyone who has a passion or curiosity of inland lakes, including lakefront property owners, local government officials, lake managers, and educators. Course instructors include MSU Extension educators and state agency personnel.
The 2022 course runs Jan. 25 to March 16. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Register by Jan. 10 to receive an early-bird discount of $95 per person. Registration is open now through Jan. 21. Registration information is available on the Introduction to Lakes course web page.
Michigan Lakes and Streams Association has a special offer for 2022 completion of Intro to Lakes:
All current, Individual Members of MLSA are eligible to receive a reimbursement of $95 upon successful graduation of the 2022 Intro to Lakes course!
Not an MLSA member but planning to participate in the 2022 Intro to Lakes course? Join MLSA as an Individual Member prior to graduation from the course and you too will receive the $95 reimbursement upon successful graduation.
If you aren’t interested in our reimbursement offer, we will still provide a free Individual Membership with MLSA for one year after your graduation, which is a $45 value and includes a subscription to our quarterly magazine, The Michigan Riparian.
Since the course was first offered online in 2015, more than 1,000 people across the country have participated. Participants continuously praise the level of content and interaction they have with instructors and other students in the class. One student said “hearing from other students broadened my perspective and definition of riparian. I now realize that as each lake is unique so too are its caregivers and their priorities and concerns.”
Students have week-by-week, 24-7 access to six online units complete with pre-recorded video lectures, activities, resources, and quizzes. Students communicate with each other and instructors through lively discussion forums and biweekly webinars. Course topics include lake ecology, watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management and community involvement.
A certificate of completion is awarded to those who complete the course.
Students can also receive continuing education credits in these programs:
- Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Certification
- MSU Extension Master Citizen Planner
- Master Gardener
- Master Naturalist
- Conservation Stewards