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.



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.

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.

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. Registration Opens March 19th. For information about camps, please PDF iconclick here!

Lakeside GLEON Buoy on West Okoboji

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 currently undergoing maintenance.  We hope to have it back in service soon!! 

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.

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!

Earn to Learn Interns conducting invasive species inspections

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.  Click here to see CLAMP videos! 

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.

Artists in Residence 2017

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. 

Mariah Manoylov 2017

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. 


The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory offers a variety

of interesting events and initiatives.


View our upcoming events

Recent News

Tuesday Lecture Series - August 7th at 7 p.m. in Waitt Lab.

Tuesday Lecture Series August 7th at 7 p.m. Waitt Lab

Secrets of the Diatoms: How Microscopic Algae from the Polar Regions Reveal Earth’s Climate History

Presentation and Microscope Viewing. Beth Caissie and Colleagues from the International Polar Marine Diatom Workshop.

Community Pages

Wild Wednesday Making Owl Masks

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? PDF iconCome find out at Wild Wednesdays!

Treasure hike at Lakeside Lab yields little treasures

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


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.


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.


Photo of Bear
Friends Lecture Series

Listen, learn and engage with scientists as they share their research. PDF iconList of topics for 2018.  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 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.