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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.

What's Happening at the Lab

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. At Lakeside Lab, we are helping you build career ready skills! 

No School Camps

Join us for our new "No School Camps"!  Parents - give your kids something fun to do on their day off!  Camps will feature outdoor exploration and fun science themed activities.  Click here to register.  For more information contact Ashley Hansen at ashley-hansen-2@uiowa.edu or call 712-337-3669 ext 7.  Scholarships are available!

Science on the Menu

Join us October 19th at 5pm to welcome Chérie haury-Artz from The State Office of the Archaeologist. Chérie will be presenting her current research on fauna from the Late Prehistoric Mill Creek site in Plymouth County, emphasizing hunting and harvesting of bison.   To reserve your spot, email friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com or call 712-337-3369 ext 1.  Participation will be limited to 60 people due to Covid. Event starts at 5:00 with social hour, dinner at 6 pm and the presentation at 7:00 pm.

2021 Summer Classes

Classes for 2021 will be offered in a variety of formats (in-person, on-line and hybrid).  Please check the Summer 2021 class list for information on specific classes.

On-Line Educational Resources

During the school closures, there are lots of great options for learning.  Check out:

PBS Learning Media:  A variety of topics and age levels https://iowa.pbslearningmedia.org/

Iowa Outdoors: http://www.iowapbs.org/iowaoutdoors

Lakeside Educational Videos:

University of Northern Iowa On-Line Lesson Plans.  

Discovery EducationTake a virtual field trip

Pinterest and Iowa STEM activities

Cincinnati Zoo Virtual Tours

Discover birds in your backyard from tools at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Watch Birds Nesting Cameras

Bird identification tools 

Iowa Ornithologists' Union of the birds of Iowa checklist

Free Scholastic Learn at Home Resources

STEM At home learning calendar

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. Application Materials

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. 

Lakeside Reads Book Club

Meetings are being held by Zoom.  For more information, please contact Mary Skopec at mary-skopec@uiowa.edu

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.

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! 

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 and Big Spirit Lake

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.

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.

Citizen Science

Lakeside is committed to empowering citizens to engage with science.  

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

Science on the Menu October 19th. Social hour at 5 pm, Dinner at 6 pm and Presentation at 7 pm.  Dining Hall

Bird Hike October 16th at 10:00. Meet at Mahan Hall

View our upcoming events

Recent News

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory is honored to be one of the groups honored as part of the Six Pillars of Character Award for the Iowa Great Lakes.  

Lakeside Reads

Lakeside Reads is a book club focused on nature or science topics.  We meet the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:00 (April - Oct).  Come for the conversation, beautiful view and snacks!  Call Mary at 712-337-3669 ext 5 for more information.

Community Pages

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.