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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.

Science on the Menu

Science on the Menu returns on March 14th with a presentation by Joseph Otto on the Lost Lakes of Iowa.  

Ornithology professor Neil Bernstein holds a Rose breasted Grosbeak
2019 Summer Classes

Lakeside Laboratory offers experiential learning at its finest! Any student preparing for a career in the sciences will find high quality field-based experiences that will give your resume an edge. All students; artists, business majors, pre-service teachers and more, will engage in valuable learning that will take you to the next level. Join us for a summer of learning beyond the classroom. We look forward to seeing you at Lakeside Lab! 

Summer 2019 courses now listed! Summer 2019 registration now open! 

Frog camp student holding a frog
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. 2019 PDF iconSummer camp now available. Click here to register

Scholarships are available through the Leary Foundation and the PDF iconLindsay Vonn Foundation.  Call to inquire 712-337-3669 ext 7.

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.

PDF iconEarn to Learn Internship

PDF iconWater Quality Lab Technician

PDF iconEnvironmental Education Intern

Mariah Manoylov 2017
Writer-in-Residence

The Writer in Residence program offers 3 week residencies to undergraduate and graduate students.  Students interested in writing about ecology, natural history, environmental ethics or related topics can become immersed in the Lakeside Lab campus and culture to enhance their writing. PDF iconClick here for more information!

Artists in Residence 2017
Artist-in-Residence

The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists, musicians, composers, and performers of all genres to apply for a two to four week residency.  Scientists and artists interact in new and innovative ways to understand and interpret the natural world.  AIR also offers community events to highlight activities from their residency. 

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.

Friends of Lakeside Lab logo
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.

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.

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. The GLEON Buoy is back! 

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.  Click here to see CLAMP videos! 

Child in Flower
Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Class

Nature Connections is offering an on-line course on nature-based, early childhood education.  The course will be offered both for re-licensure credit through the University of Iowa Baker Teacher Leader Center and through UI Distance and Online Education for college credit.  

To enroll for the licensure credit click go to https://www2.education.uiowa.edu/Forms/irlu/.     

To enroll for college credit go to http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/LakesideReg/LakesideRegistration/Us...

The value of young children’s direct experiences in nature through inquiry-based learning will be examined in this course.  It is designed for preschool and kindergarten teachers so they can develop their student’s in-depth thinking by engaging their hearts and minds through experiences on a nature topic.

Experiential Learning

Lakeside Lab features a variety of classes that offer hand's on learning.  Alex Braidwood's Acoustic Ecology class was featured on Iowa Outdoors.  

Events

The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory offers a variety

of interesting events and initiatives.

 

View our upcoming events

Recent News

Internship Applications, Summer Camp Schedule, College Prep Diatom Application and more -- now available!

Internship Applications for 2019

Interested in an internship in natural resources located in a vibrant lake community?  Lakeside Lab is now accepting applications for 2019 internships.  PDF iconClick here to apply.

Writer in Residence Applications Open Now Until March 15th.

The Friends of Lakeside Laboratory are now accepting applications for the PDF icon2019 Writer in Residence program.

Artist in Residence Program Now Accepting Applications

The Lakeside Laboratory Artist in Residence Program is now accepting applications.  For more information please visit the AIR website.  

2019 Summer Camp Schedule Now Available

The 2019 Summer Camp registration begins at 10:00 am on March 11thClick here to Register!  Scholarships are also available. PDF icon 2019 Camps

College Prep Diatom Applications Now Available.

College Prep Diatom applications are now available!  PDF iconClick here for more information.  

Community Pages

Wild Wednesday Making Owl Masks
WILD WEDNESDAYS 2019

Free, fun, family–oriented science programs! 7:00 PM at Waitt Lab during the summer. PDF icon Click here for the list of topics in 2019.

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. 7:00 pm each Tuesday May - July in Mahan Hall.

photo of diatoms
College Prep Diatoms

Iowa Lakeside Lab and Regents Resource Center is pleased to offer a College Prep Diatom Course in 2019 for advanced high school students who have completed high school level or AP Biology.  PDF icon2019 Application Now Available!