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Change of Date


Due to icy weather conditions predicted for this Thursday (3/14), Lakeside's Science on the Menu has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 28.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 22, if you are planning to attend by calling Lisa Roti at 712-337-3669 ext 1 or at friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com

Back by Popular Demand:
   Spring Dates for Lakeside’s Science on the Menu


Due to the success of last fall’s Science on the Menu program, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory will offer the dinner and lecture series again this spring. Joseph Otto, Communications Specialist with the Iowa Water Center, will speak about Iowa missing lakes on Thursday, March 28. A native Iowan, Otto holds a Bachelors in History from Iowa State University, a Masters in History from Appalachian State University of North Carolina and is in the final stages of completing his PhD in History from the University of Oklahoma. Otto’s presentation entitled, Lake Drainage in Iowa, 1880 to 1920, will focus on the history of drainage and drainage districts in Iowa. He has presented research at past meetings of the Western History Association, the Midwestern History Association, the Iowa Water Conference, and most recently at the Prairie Lakes Conference in Okoboji in 2018.

The presentation and meal will be held in Lakeside’s Dining Hall overlooking scenic Lake West Okoboji. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00pm with the presentation to follow at 7:00pm. Meal tickets are $15.00. Advance reservations are required, and should be made on or before Friday, March 22, by calling 712-337-3669 Ext 1, or by email at friendsoflakesidelab @ gmail.com.

The second Science on the Menu event will be held Wednesday, April 17. Dr. Lori Biederman, Associate Professor at Iowa State University, will speak on Bringing Dark Data to Light at Lakeside Lab. More details to follow.

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

    • Back by popular demand, Science on the Menu returns to Lakeside Lab this spring on March 28 and April 17. For more details, see the info to the left or contact, Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director, at 712-337-3669 ext. 1
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