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Iowa Lakeside Lab Program

Drake University is a member of the Iowa Lakeside Lab Consortium, a small group of academic institutions with affiliation to Iowa Lakeside Lab — a biological field station in northwest Iowa. This association provides opportunities for Drake students to enroll in a variety of field biology courses, many of which are not available on the Drake campus. Lakeside offers students a unique educational experience. Courses are small (10 or less) and full-immersion (one course at a time) and are taught within a community learning environment. All courses meet all day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from Monday through Friday. Weather permitting, students in all Lakeside courses normally spend at least part of each day doing fieldwork in any number of the many local natural areas. Most courses are taught at the undergraduate level and last for four weeks. There are also a variety of shorter courses and courses for teachers that typically last only one or two weeks. The summer session is divided into three terms of about five classes each. Lakeside's 140-acre campus is located on the west shore of West Okoboji Lake north of Milford, Iowa. The entire shoreline of Little Miller's Bay is Lakeside property, and the bay and adjacent uplands and wetlands are used as a natural classroom in Lakeside courses.


All courses are offered for Drake credit (LLAB courses). That means that Drake students can enroll and take courses at Lakeside Lab and receive Drake credit directly. Students will need to provide their own transportation to the Lab and pay for room and board while staying at the Lab. Room and board ranges between $195 to $379 per week depending on the style of housing. Lakeside courses provide wonderful learning experiences for students: "the study of nature in nature." Give it a try! For more information contact the Drake Lakeside Lab Coordinator (Thomas Rosburg in Biology) or visit the Lakeside Web site:

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