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Iowa Lakeside Laboratory invites the public become part of a giant snail crawling across ice at the 8th Annual Peoples Environmental Art Project on Saturday, January 24 during the 35th annual Okoboji Winter Games.
Congratulations to Ruth Wolterstorff of Ocheyedan for creating the winning design.
“This is a real honor,” exclaimed Wolterstorff. “I have been part of this event many times, but never dreamed I would be the artist!”
While the popular Winter Games event is famous for using people as its artistic medium, this is the first in time in its eight year history that the public has been invited to submit a design.
“Our only design criteria was the image represent the unique ecology of the Iowa Great Lakes region,” explained Chad Branham, the 2015 Art Director, Project Coordinator. “If it weren’t for the lakes, we wouldn’t have the People Project, Lakeside Lab or Winter Games. Of all the submissions, Ruth design best fit the selection criteria. Plus, it is going to be fun to create a giant image of such a tiny animal.”
The event is free, thanks to event sponsors the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Friends of Lakeside Lab, and Beck Engineering.
Event pre-registration is encouraged but not mandatory, as knowing the number of participants helps with planning. “Those who pre-register are eligible for a 20% discount on the 2015 photo,” said Jane Shuttleworth, Lakeside Education Coordinator and event coordinator. “Volunteers are also needed to help and will receive a free photo in exchange.” To pre-register or volunteer, persons are asked to send a message with the first and last name of each person in their party to email@example.com by noon on Friday, January 23.
To participate, persons should dress warmly and meet at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 24, at the parking lot of the First Lutheran Church located on 1525 Cross Road, next to HW 86 and one mile west of the junction of Highways 86 and 71 in Milford. From there a shuttle bus will drop participants off at the Lakeside Lab dining hall. “Lakeside does not have adequate parking. The previous parking place, Peace Corner, is not available this year,” said Shuttleworth. “Even participants arriving by foot should check in first at the Lakeside dining hall as everyone needs to be counted before heading into the design.”
Once everyone is counted, Branham and his wife Marta Barnard will choreograph participants down to the lake and direct them into the design, just in time to have their photograph taken from above by Hemphill.
Following the picture taking, participants can warm up in the Lakeside dining hall, enjoy soups and treats prepared by Okoboji Middle School TAG students, and win a raffle prize while waiting for photographer Hemphill to land from the sky and share the images. Prints of this and previous years’ events will be for sale and order.
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The Friends of Lakeside Lab was founded in 1994 to support Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and Regents Resource Center through scholarships and as a community resource for water quality monitoring, environmental education and research. The Friends is a tax-exampt, 501c3 non-profit organization. Friends membership and supporters include not only Lakeside alumni from Iowa and all over the world, but local and summer residents, businesses - in short - reflecting the diverse audiences and communities that Lakeside benefits not only locally but regionally and world-wide.
Lakeside Lab was highlighted in the University of Iowa's 2011 Annual Report "OutFront Report", and the Friends of Lakeside Lab was honored in 2013 with a statewide commendation from the Iowa Board of Regents.
The Members and Board of Directors for the Friends are made up of diverse and active individuals who have played a creative and visionary role in expanding Lakeside's education, water quality monitoring, and research programs and audiences.To learn more about the Friends and their mission, please see the 2014 Annual Report.
Since its incorporation, Friends has made many accomplishments, including:
- A successful million-dollar capital campaign to build Lakeside's first year-round teaching and research facility, the Waitt Building, completed under budget and on schedule in 1998.
- Expansion of Lakeside education programs to include pre-K through 12 and the life-long learners, volunteer opportunities and year-round programming.
- Support for Lakeside's water quality monitoring and research including the involvement of community volunteers.
- Increased scholarship and research fellowships for students.
- Establishment of an endowment to sustain Lakeside's water quality monitoring, education and research programs.