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.
Natural History Weekend, September 6-8, 2013
Spend a fun, fascinating weekend learning about the cultural and natural history of the Iowa Great Lakes, Northwest Iowa, and Southwest Minnesota through field trips, lectures, and in-formal discussions. Interact with experts in Archaeology, Conservation, Entomology, and Ornithology. Sign-up for all or part of the weekend. Meals are included and lodging is available at the rustic Lakeside Campus—a 140-acre nature preserve and biological field station, located on the shores of West Okoboji Lake. Click here for a full schedule and registration form. Limited participation! Register by September 3, 2013.
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.....