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Science on the Menu!

Art Cullen

Who: Art Cullen, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and editor for the Storm Lake Times
What: Mr. Cullen will share the common trials and tribulations lake communities face
When: Tuesday, November 13 - 6:00pm supper and
7:00pm lecture
Where: Lakeside Lab Dining Hall-1838 Hwy 86, Milford, IA
Cost: $15.00/person
Contact: For reservations or questions, Lisa Roti at
712-337-3669 ext. 1 or friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com

2018 Friends Chautauqua

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the Friends of Lakeside Lab will be hosting the Friends Chautauqua. We are excited to share that the Alexander Piano Trio will be providing musical entertainment, Farm to Fork will be whipping up fantastic food, Round Lake Vineyards will be uncorking their lovely wines, and Okoboji Brewing Company will be tapping their outstanding beers. Festivities begin at 5:30pm on the greenspace west of the Dining Hall on the Lakeside Campus. Our guests speakers will present a brief program at 6:30pm. Tickets are $100/person and proceeds will go to environmental education and water quality efforts at Lakeside Lab. Contact Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director, at 712-337-3669 ext. 1 for more information.

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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 next Science on the Menu Dinner and Lecture in Lakeside Lab's Dining Hall on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00pm. For more details, see information to the left or contact Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director at 712-337-3669 ext. 1.
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