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Writer in Residence Program - application deadlines in April

Students interested in writing about ecology, natural history, environmental ethics or related topics may apply for the Friends of Lakeside Writer in Residence Scholarship. The scholarship offers a stipend and residency in the natural setting of the Lakeside campus to explore topics and work on writing.

For more information, please visit our Writer in Residence page.

College Prep Diatoms Class: August 2-7, 2015

Iowa Lakeside Lab and Regents Resource Center is pleased to offer this opportunity for advanced high school students who have completed high school level or AP Biology. Accepted students will earn one college credit free of cost from the University of Iowa thanks to the Friends of Lakeside Lab Scholarship Fund. Previous “Diatom Camp” or “Aquatic Microbiology” students are encouraged to apply to deepen their knowledge and earn college credit.

For more information, please visit our Diatoms Class page.

Hey, Ho Escargot! Giant Gastropod Spotted at Winter Games

The lack of snow during Okoboji Winter Games did not deter 185 men, women and children from coming out of their shells to form a giant snail during the 8th annual People's Environmental Art Project on January 24. The snail was designed by Ruth Woltersdorff of Ocheyedan, adapted for shadow and mass effect by Chad Branham, and photographed by Judy Hemphill. The event is coordinated by Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and sponsored by the Friends of Lakeside Lab, Beck Engineering, First Lutheran Church and Heritage Landings.

2015 Peoples' Art Project: Snail









Summer Course Schedule 2015

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Iowa Lakeside Lab 2015 Summer Class Schedule










Friends of Lakeside Lab

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.
  • Upcoming

    • Coming Soon...The Friends of Lakeside Lab will host the 2015 Annual Meeting in December. We are still in the planning stages, but will post event details soon. Questions? Contact Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director, at 712-337-3669 ext. 1.
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