UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Starting this April, Penn State Extension will offer two updated courses — “Online Pond Home Study Course” and “Category 9 Aquatic Pesticide Recertification Correspondence Course” — to aid rural pond owners.
Jim Clark, an Extension educator based in McKean County, will coordinate the courses. He noted that a survey conducted by Penn State Extension revealed that the most common pond problem is overgrowth of plants and algae.
“Pond pesticide applicators in rural Pennsylvania often have to travel long distances to get the credits they need to maintain their applicator license,” he said. “They can participate in these classes in the comfort of their home, and the most traveling they have to do is to walk to the mailbox to get materials.”
The Online Pond Home Study Course includes six sessions distributed by email over 12 weeks. Topics include pond assessment, pond maintenance, aquatic plants and algae, fisheries management, attracting and managing wildlife, and pond management case studies.
This course is targeted at larger earthen ponds rather than small ornamental water gardens.
The Aquatic Pesticide Recertification Correspondence Course is designed to help aquatic pesticide applicators obtain recertification credits to maintain their pesticide applicator license through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Participants will receive three Category 9 recertification credits if they complete and pass the course within 60 days.
Cost of the pond course is $35, and participants must sign up by March 29 at http://agsci.psu.edu/pond-course. The aquatic pesticide course costs $30, and individuals can sign up at any time at http://www.cvent.com/d/0dqb01.
For more information, contact Jim Clark at 814-887-5613 or jac20<\@>psu.edu.