Coming this fall to a computer near you!

MSU Extension to offer lake ecology and management education online.

Michigan State University Extension announces the return of the Introduction to Lakes program program, now offered online. Updated, reformatted and current, 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. Enrollment is now open through October 1, 2015.

Previously the program was taught face-to-face around the state. With the new Introduction to Lakes online course you will 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, all from the comfort of your home or office. 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 in lake stewardship.

The week-by-week schedule allows for regular communications with classmates and course instructors through weekly, topical discussion forums and pre-scheduled live chat sessions.

Course instructors are MSU Extension educators and specialists including Bindu Bhakta, Terry Gibb, Jane Herbert, Dr. Jo Latimore and Dr. Lois Wolfson.

Introduction to Lakes begins October 6th. Enrollment ends October 1st. The cost of the course is $75. Register by August 31, 2015 to receive the early bird rate of $60. Please note this introductory discounted registration pricing is only available in 2015. For complete registration details please visit the Introduction to Lakes web page at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/introduction_to_lakes_online.

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