Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) is an organization of friends of the environment. Their goals are to increase awareness of the environment for Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents and to foster increased environmental activism as people return to their homes.


Membership is open to all who enjoy the wonders of God's creation. Dues are nominal; LESS operates on donations and fundraising projects. Membership is not required to attend meetings or activities.


The organization also coordinates educational programs and field trips for adults and children in cooperation with the Lakeside Chautauqua Education Department. Programs include bird walks, guided tree walks, environmental seminars and the Junior Naturalist Program. The organization promotes service projects about environmental stewardship, such as programs on household hazardous waste disposal (with the local solid waste authority). 


Frank O'Dell
Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society President
(419) 798-9807