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Lakeside Lab

Owned by the state of Iowa and operated through the Board of Regents, we seek to provide science classes and research opportunities for university students, and offer Outreach Programs and provide services through the state universities.

 

 

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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-exempt, 501c3 non-profit organization.

Ornithology professor Neil Bernstein holds a Rose breasted Grosbeak
2018 Summer Classes

Registration is now open for the 2018 College Summer Classes.  New classes including Glacial Geomorphology, Field Data Collection, Data Analysis, GIS, Environmental Nonfiction, Fungi, Bryophytes and more!!  Register Now!

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Summer Camps

We encourage a healthy, respectful and life–long relationship between students and the natural world while nurturing every student’s innate curiosity about nature. Registration Opens March 19th. For information about camps, please PDF iconclick here!

Lakeside GLEON Buoy on West Okoboji
GLEON Buoy

The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network conducts innovative science by sharing and interpreting water quality and weather data on West Okoboji. 

Water Quality

In its partnership with the State Hygenic Lab, we provide water testing services, and educate citizens on how to better care for our natural lakes.

Earn to Learn Interns conducting invasive species inspections
Internships

Internships available for college level students with majors in biology, environmental science, education or related course of study.

CLAMP Volunteers collecting samples on West Okoboji
The Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Project

The goal of CLAMP is to provide long term monitoring data on regional lake conditions and educate local citizens about lake ecology. 

Okoboji 3rd Grade educational program
preK-12 Education

Lakeside Lab offers many opportunities for experiential learning. We will work with you in developing a program that is appropriate for your school. Contact our Education Coordinator at 712-337-3669 ext.7, jane-shuttleworth@uiowa.edu.

Lakeside also facilitates Nature Connections, a unique collaborative of early childhood educators, professionals and naturalists dedicated to introducing children to a life-long, meaningful relationship with nature while meeting their developmental needs.

Events

The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory offers a variety

of interesting events and initiatives.

 

View our upcoming events

Recent News

Earth Day Events Planned.

College Prep Diatoms Application is now available!

Tuition and Research Scholarships Available.

Eagle in Nest
Earth Day at Lakeside Laboratory

The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day with ‘earth’er egg and eagle hike at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on Saturday, April 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  Once nearly extinct, today the Eagles have made a comeback.  A pair has been nesting at Lakeside Lab since 2011. FileFor more information click here.

Scholarship Deadlines

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Soon!  See the Student Resources section for descriptions and application information.  April 1st deadlines have been extended until April 15th.

College Prep Diatoms

Iowa Lakeside Lab and Regents Resource Center will again be offering the College Prep Diatom Course in 2018 for advanced high school students who have completed high school level or AP Biology. Accepted students will earn up to two credits free of cost from the University of Iowa. PDF iconClick here for information.

Community Pages

Wild Wednesday Making Owl Masks
WILD WEDNESDAYS 2018: NATURE’S LIBRARIES

Free, fun, family–oriented science programs! 7:00 PM at Waitt Lab during the summer. Just as libraries contain collections of books that open us up to new worlds, nature is a collection of many plants, animals, and landscapes that do the same. What new worlds can nature open for us? Come find out at Wild Wednesdays!

Treasure hike at Lakeside Lab yields little treasures
LAKESIDE TREASURE HIKE!

June 1 – October 1
This self-guided nature exploration and tour of Lakeside grounds is perfect for children, families, and “kids at heart” of any age. Pick up a treasure map at Lakeside entrance and go exploring for hidden clues and secret messages.

Volunteers doing invasive species removal at Lakeside Lab
Volunteer Opportunities

COFFEE AND GROUNDS

Work hard and learn about native ecosystems while restoring prairie and oak savanna at Lakeside. Then relax and make friends over coffee and rolls. Meet at the Waitt Lab at 8:30 am each Tuesday during snow-free months.

VOLUNTEER FOR WATER QUALITY!

The Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Project is looking for volunteers to monitor lake health. Free training and equipment provided. Contact 712-337-3669 Ext. 7 for information.

 

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Friends Lecture Series

Listen, learn and engage with scientists as they share their research. Topics TBA. 7:00 pm each Tuesday May - July in Mahan Hall.

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College Prep Diatoms

Iowa Lakeside Lab and Regents Resource Center is pleased to offer a College Prep Diatom Course in 2018 for advanced high school students who have completed high school level or AP Biology. Accepted students will earn up to two credits free of cost from the University of Iowa. PDF iconClick here for more information.