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2019 Lakeside Lab Summer Fundraiser


Mark your calendars for the Lakeside Lab Summer Fundraiser (formerly Friends Chautauqua) on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 5:30pm. Please plan to join us for amazing food by Farm to Fork, delightful refreshments by Okoboji Brewing Company, and terrific company as we share the latest happenings at Lakeside Lab. Tickets are $100 per person. To RSVP by June 15, contact Lisa Roti at 712-337-3669 Ext. 1.

Theatrical Production Nature Coming to Lakeside Lab


The Friends of Lakeside Lab are pleased to bring the walking play Nature to Lakeside Lab this August. The outdoor telling of Emerson, Thoreau and their mutual love of the natural world will be performed by TigerLion Arts on campus. For ticket sales or more information, contact Lisa Roti at 712-337 3669 Ext. 1 or friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com.

Performances at Lakeside Lab:
Thursday, August 8, 6:00pm
Friday, August 9, 6:00pm
Saturday, August 10, 1:00pm; Special Appearance at the Blue Water Festival in Arnolds Park
Sunday, August 11, 1:00pm

A special thanks to sponsors: Okoboji Blue Water Festival, Nancy Lauridsen, Lakeside Lab, Humanities Iowa, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.

2019 Summer Writer in Residence


Candidates are invited to apply for Lakeside Lab's Summer Writer in Residence program. For more information, please click on link. Applications are due March 15, 2019.

2019 Summer Course Schedule






















2018 Friends Chautauqua


On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the Friends of Lakeside Lab hosted the Friends Chautauqua. What started out as a lovely afternoon swiftly turned into something less than ideal. Just as the festivities were ready to begin, a ferocious storm raced through the Iowa Great Lakes. Guests who were able to make it to the Lab dashed into the Dining Hall and were met with welcome cheers as they entered the foyer. Soaking wet, staff and a number of hardy guests assisted with clean-up as flood waters proceeded to rush into the building. Nonetheless, the Alexander Piano Trio provided musical entertainment throughout the wailing storm as Farm to Fork managed to whip up fantastic food despite the howling winds pounding their food truck. Okoboji Brewing Company keep our guests smiling with their outstanding beers and great sense of humor. Despite Mother Nature tossing us the worst she had to offer, 89 people braved the elements that evening and enjoyed a one-of-a-kind fundraising experience. Special thanks again to our event sponsors and guests!

2017 Friends Chautauqua


Thanks to all who joined us on Sunday, June 18, for the Friends Chautauqua. Late evening thundershowers did not deter the participants who enjoyed great good, lovely music, and wonderful company at our annual fundraiser. Mother Nature rewarded our perseverance with a gorgeous rainbow at the end of the event. Thank you to our sponsors, guests, and students for a terrific evening!












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-exampt, 501c3 non-profit organization. Friends membership and supporters include not only Lakeside alumni from Iowa and all over the world, but local and summer residents, businesses - in short - reflecting the diverse audiences and communities that Lakeside benefits not only locally but regionally and world-wide.

Lakeside Lab was highlighted in the University of Iowa's 2011 Annual Report "OutFront Report", and the Friends of Lakeside Lab was honored in 2013 with a statewide commendation from the Iowa Board of Regents.

The Members and Board of Directors for the Friends are made up of diverse and active individuals who have played a creative and visionary role in expanding Lakeside's education, water quality monitoring, and research programs and audiences.To learn more about the Friends and their mission, please see the 2017 Annual Report.

Since its incorporation, Friends has made many accomplishments, including:

  • A successful million-dollar capital campaign to build Lakeside's first year-round teaching and research facility, the Waitt Building, completed under budget and on schedule in 1998.
  • Expansion of Lakeside education programs to include pre-K through 12 and the life-long learners, volunteer opportunities and year-round programming.
  • Support for Lakeside's water quality monitoring and research including the involvement of community volunteers.
  • Increased scholarship and research fellowships for students.
  • Establishment of an endowment to sustain Lakeside's water quality monitoring, education and research programs.
  • Upcoming

    • Please join us for the Lakeside Lab Summer Fundraiser on Sunday, June 23 at 5:30 pm. Limited number of seats still available! Contact Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director, today at 712-337-3669 Ext. 1 or friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com
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