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2016 Peoples' Art Project: Bird

One-hundred seventy five men, women and children flocked together to form a giant, 100 foot American Goldfinch during the 9th Annual Peoples Art Project on January 30 during the University of Okoboji Winter Games. The finch was designed by Sara Lynn Dunkerson, adapted for shadow and mass effect by Chad Branham, and photographed by Judy Hemphill. The event is organized by Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and sponsored by the Friends of Lakeside Lab, Beck Engineering, First Lutheran Church, and Heritage Landing, and Genie Reed.

2015 Summer Writers in Residence

The Friends of Lakeside are pleased to announce that two writers were selected for this 2015's Summer Writer in Residence program at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory; Adam Wright, a dual-degree graduate student at Iowa State University pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment and an MS in Sustainable Agriculture, and Samantha Collier, an MFA candidate in playwriting at University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Both writers spent three weeks respectively at Lakeside Lab courtesy of the Friends of Lakeside Lab and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and Regents Resource Center. From leading writing sessions at the Lab's Wild Wednesdays and summer nature camps to performing live readings of their work, both Adam and Samantha immersed themselves in all things "Lakeside." The Friends were delighted to have writers of such caliber on campus.

Please visit our Writer in Residence page to learn about their experiences.

College Prep Diatoms Class: August 2-7, 2015

Diatom Class

Iowa Lakeside Lab and Regents Resource Center and the Friends of Lakeside Lab were pleased to host nine high school students and one high school teacher during the College Prep Diatoms Class in August. For the first time, this class was offered for college credit courtesy of the University of Iowa. Lakeside alum Dr. Sylvia Lee, Ph.D., at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, and Kerry Howard, Ph.D. candidate in Geological Studies at University of Nevada, Reno, returned again this year to instruct the course. The week proved to be a great success with students studying advanced material on diatoms. They learned how to read and use scientific papers, and were introduced to advanced statistics with the R program. The class utilized Google+ for submitting coursework, posting diatom photos, and providing feedback. Students reported enjoying the vigorous coursework, the lab and field work, and living on the Lakeside campus for a week. Thanks to Sylvia and Kerry for their excellent instruction and enthusiasm! Much gratitude goes out to Iowa Lakeside Lab for their continued support of this terrific program!

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.
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