Laboratory is a field station for Iowa's state universities. It has provided summer classes and research opportunities to college
students since 1909. As a Regents Resource Center, Lakeside also offers programs in lifelong learning for the people of northwest Iowa.
The Friends of Lakeside Lab, its non-profit partner, provides valued support.
Although education is Lakeside's primary function, it also serves as a nature preserve and historic district. The north part of campus is being restored to prairie, while other areas remain wooded. The Lab has 12 structures on the National Register of Historic Places, including five stone classrooms built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The grounds are open during daylight hours, and guests are welcome.
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory offers summer scholarships
As an environmental science major, University of Iowa student Brittany McConnell knew she needed a field study course to meet her degree requirements, but she had no idea just how much fun it would be to take an aquatic ecology course at Iowa Lakeside Lab in Milford, Iowa. Read more...
Hendrix named director of academics and research at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory
Steve Hendrix, University of Iowa professor of biology, has been named director of academics and research at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, a 147-acre campus on the shores of Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa that is a Regents Resource Center. Read more...
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory featured on Iowa Public Radio
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Regents Resource Center featured on Talk of Iowa—Iowa Public Radio, March 20, 2013.
People Project held January 26
A giant snowy owl with a 240 foot wingspan was spotted swooping over Little Miller's Bay during the Okoboji Winter Games. One hundred fifty seven people braved frigid conditions to participate in the sixth annual People's Art Project sponsored by Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Photograph by Judy Hemphill. Read more...
Imagine a place dedicated to the long-term study of nature in nature, a permanent biological field station, a teaching and research laboratory that promotes complete immersion in the natural world. Lakeside Laboratory, founded on the shores of Lake Okoboji in northwestern Iowa in 1909, is just such a place. In his remarkable and insightful book, The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory: A Century of Discovering the Nature of Nature, Michael Lannoo sets the story of Lakeside Lab within the larger story of the primacy of fieldwork, the emergence of conservation biology, and the ability of field stations to address such growing problems as pollution, disease, habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change. Read more.....