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!

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.

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. 

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 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.


The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory offers a variety

of interesting events and initiatives.


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Recent News

Applications for Artist in Residence and Writer in Residence are now being accepted.


Writer in Residence

The Friends of Lakeside Lab is now accepting applications for the Summer Writer in Residence Program. Apply Now!

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.

Lakeside Artist-in-Residence Exhibit

Join us for the opening of the latest Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-in-Residence program group show at Public Space One in Iowa City!
The exhibition will be up through the month of March
Public Space One Gallery

Confirmed artists to date include:
Eric 'Oz' Andren AIR17
Amanda Breitbach AIR15
Paul Crow AIR14
Scott Dickson AIR16
Cathleen Faubert AIR14
Rachel Kauff AIR15
Quin Kennedy AIR17
Mark Koven AIR16
Kelsey Reckling AIR17
Brian Schorn AIR17
Corey Smith AIR16
Benny Melton AIR14
Joseph Mougel AIR16
Lisa Gordillo AIR Founder and Former AIR Director
Alex Braidwood AIR 2015 and Current AIR Director

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? Come 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.


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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.