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2018 Lakeside Winter Family Fest

Families and children of all ages are invited to bring their snowshoes, binoculars, appetites and curiosity to the Lakeside Winter Family Fest during Winter Games weekend on Saturday, January 27. The Festival will center out of the Lakeside Lab Dining hall between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Soup and treats will be available from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (freewill donation). Ongoing activities will include winter plant identification, animal tracking, and a ‘life under the ice’ exploration. At 1:00 pm, renowned birder, Lee Schoenewe, will lead a winter bird hike. Hikers will be on the lookout for rare winter avian visitors such as snowy owls and crossbills along with the more common winter residents. Binoculars will be available.

Other ongoing activities will include a self-guided nature hike of Lakeside grounds, snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing and a cozy bonfire. Participants should bring their own skis, snowshoes and sleds. For more information, contact Jane at 712/337-3669 Ext 7.












2017 Fall Writer in Residence

"Having spent the last four years in Iowa City, I had only really experienced one very small part of Iowa, and coming to Lakeside Lab as the Autumn Writer in Residence has shown me a whole new side of the state. The landscape, the wildlife, the community: all have given me a fresh set of eyes on life in Iowa, and that has gone directly into my work. In addition to the invaluable time and solitude this residency has given me to pour myself into my poetry, it's the subtler stuff of daily life here at Lakeside Lab that makes into the writing: the comings and goings of the family of wild turkeys around Tamisiea, the way sunlight plays across the lake differently at every hour of the day. I'm eternally grateful to the Friends of Lakeside Lab for this gift of time, space, and perspective, and my writing is undoubtedly better for it." — Andy Axel, 2017 Fall Writer in Residence












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.
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    • JOIN US!!! Lakeside Lab will be hosting family-oriented festivities on campus during the 2018 U of O Winter Games on Saturday, January 27. Contact Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director, at 712-337-3669 ext. 1 for more information.
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