“The Lakeside Laboratory shall afford to all interested, for once at least a chance to see the real world, nature alive, accomplishing her miracles in their own silent splendor, often needing not, for the student’s appreciation, the voice of interpreter or teacher …” Thomas H. Macbride, 1909, Founder, The Iowa Lakeside Lab


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 People’s 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.

               A variety of indoor and outdoor family events and soup fest will be part of the Lakeside Open House
              during Winter Games.