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Join Us at Lakeside Lab On January 28!!!

The public is invited to nourish body, mind and soul at the Lakeside Winter Games Soup Fest and Winter Wonderland Open House on January 28 during the 2017 Winter Games.

“Due to logistical complications, we are taking a rest this year from the Peoples Environmental Art Project” explains organizer Jane Shuttleworth, “but there will still be plenty of reasons to come to Lakeside Lab! We will have a soup fest, an abundance of free indoor and outdoor family activities and photo and stationary sales of all the past People Projects.”

Homemade soups and sweets will be served at the Lakeside Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by a Winter Bird Hike at 1 p.m. lead by “Boji Bird Man” Lee Schoenewe.

Between 1 and 3 p.m. there will be a family friendly open house and a reception for Dr. Mary Skopec, new Lakeside Executive Director, at the Waitt Water Quality Lab.

Throughout the day, People Project photos will be on sale and there will be a self-guided Winter Wonders Scavenger Hunt.

People who pre-register for the event are eligible for a discount on People Project Photos by sending an email to friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com. For more information, contact 712-337-3669 Ext 1 or 7.

Summer Course Schedule 2017

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Iowa Lakeside Lab 2017 Summer Class Schedule

















2016 Writer in Residence Program

Diatom Class

"My residency at Lakeside Lab gifted me not only the time and space to write, but also the new experiences I craved to inspire and invigorate my work. During my residency, I cored lake sediment with the diatoms class, collected water samples with CLAMP volunteers on East Okoboji, and caught sight of a Prothonotary Warbler perched among the cottonwood trees of Lakeside’s waterfront. I found birding with Professor Bernstein’s ornithology class especially inspiring, as I am currently working on a short story inspired by mist netting.

This residency also gave me the opportunity to work on my audio storytelling skills. I interviewed and chatted with a whole troop of pleasant and knowledgeable students and instructors about their experiences at Lakeside Lab. As someone interested in podcasting, I appreciated the freedom to experiment and learn how to shape these narratives.

I am grateful to the Friends of Lakeside for supporting and valuing writers and their work. It’s an important and gracious thing that you do here. Thank you again!" — Jenna Mertz, 2016 Lakeside Summer Writer in Residence

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 2014 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 a Lakeside Lab Open House on Saturday, January 28, from 11am-3pm during the University of Okoboji Winter Games (see details to the left). Questions, please contact
      Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director,
      at: 712-337-3669 ext. 1 or at friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com
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