UC Master Gardener Program Launches eLearning course about the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Nov 14, 2022

Various stages of spotted lanternfly from eggs to adult.
We are excited to announce the release of our “Spotted Lanternfly in California” eLearning course, hosted on eXtension Campus.  This course is designed to inform the public, UC Master Gardeners and other stakeholders of the threat posed by spotted lanternfly (SFL) to the state of California. The interactive online training includes an overview of spotted lanternfly ecology and empowers learners to detect and report spotted lanternfly sightings in California. 

Spotted Lanternfly

SLF is a destructive invasive insect threatening agricultural and ornamental plants across the United States. Although the pest is not in California at this time, a key to slowing its spread is early detection and rapid response if detected. Through the education of California residents and resource professionals, we can all be part of keeping this invasive pest at bay. 

With the assistance of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, UC Academics, and Penn State Extension, the UC Master Gardener Program “Spotted Lanternfly in California” eLearning course was created and is now available to all.  Pest information and additional resources are available online.  

SLF Course Cover on Extension Campus Moodle

How to Enroll

Course enrollment is free and accessed through eXtension Campus, you must either have or create a free login to enroll in the course.  If you encounter problems or have questions about creating your account, please see the Campus Help Page. The course takes approximately 40 minutes and includes a graded quiz, completion time may vary by user.  Learners may stop and restart, or take as many times as needed.

How to Receive a Certificate

To receive a certificate for the “Spotted Lanternfly in California” eLearning course, you must view and complete the module, as well as pass the quiz with a score of 80% or higher. Once you have passed the quiz, you can print a certificate and collect a virtual Spotted Lanternfly eLearning badge.

Continuing Education

UC Master Gardeners are eligible for one hour of continuing education for completing the “Spotted Lanternfly in California” eLearning course.  It is the volunteers' responsibility to enter their hours in the Volunteer Management System to receive credit.  


By Lauren Snowden
Author - Statewide Training Coordinator

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