Online Lakes course offered
MARQUETTE — The Michigan State University Extension Introduction to Lakes online course is being offered January 2020 and registration is now open.
This nationally recognized six-week course is in a convenient self-paced online format and is designed for lake users, lakefront property owners, and professionals who want to improve their understanding of lakes and their protection and management. More than 500 people have participated in the class since it was first offered online in 2015.
The online format allows anyone, from the comfort of home or office, to have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units that are complete with video lectures, activities, resources, discussion forums, quizzes, and Ask-an-Expert webinar sessions with professionals from Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
The course covers lake ecology, lakes and their watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management, and community involvement. The course schedule allows for regular online communication with classmates and course instructors.
The 2020 course runs Jan. 14 — March 13. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Register by Dec. 20 for an early bird discounted price of $95 per person. Registration is open now through Jan. 8.
Everyone who completes the course will receive a free, one-year membership to Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, including four issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine. Continuing Education Credits are also available including 16 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification credits and credits in the Master Citizen Planner program, Master Gardener program, Conservation Stewards Program and the Wildlife Society’s Certified Wildlife Biologist program.
For more details about the course and to register visit the MSU Extension Introduction to Lakes webpage at http://www.canr.msu.edu/lakesonline.
Scholarship fund seeks donations
MARQUETTE — The Scott and Jill White Family Scholarship has been established in partnership with the Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation.
Scott and daughters Carrie and Christie are graduates of Marquette Senior High School, graduating in 1976, 2005 and 2007, respectively. The fund provides a scholarship to a graduating senior attending Michigan State University from which Carrie and Christie graduated.
The foundation grants program supports innovative curriculum development, instructional improvement and student educational activities encouraging the development of projects that enhance learning experiences beyond those included in the school district budget. The foundation also supports scholarships such as the White scholarship, with awards going to graduates of Marquette Area Public Schools.
The foundation encourages supporters of Marquette schools to donate to a fund of their interest. Contributions can be sent to the foundation at 1201 W. Fair Ave., Marquette, MI 49855; include the scholarship name in the check memo line.
D&D group meeting new day
NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee Public Library’s Dungeons and Dragons group is changing its meeting times.
The group, open to all youth ages 10-20 years, will now meet 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays at the library.
No prior knowledge or experience is required, and all events are free. Snacks are provided.