Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society

LESS is an association devoted to improving the environment of Lakeside and the world through:

  • Promoting environmental awareness through education.
  • Conducting activities at Lakeside that foster love for and improvement of the environment.
  • Encouraging the Lakeside Administration and Board of Directors to take environmental concerns into consideration for all activities.
  • Lobbying local, state, and national legislators to pass legislation to improve the environment.
  • Working with other environmental organizations to improve the environment.

Water Bottle Refill Station in Bettinger Park

Thanks to those of you who contributed to the water bottle refill station fundraiser in 2021.  The station will be installed in Bettinger Park in 2022.

The life cycle of single use plastic water bottles contributes to global warming, water pollution, and soil pollution. LESS wants to reduce Lakeside’s dependence on single use, disposable water bottle to lessen our impact on the Earth.

Friends of LESS 2022

LESS welcomes everyone interested in supporting projects and activities that promote sustainability and environmental stewardship with no dues for membership. LESS relies on donations for such projects.

If you wish to become a Friend of LESS through a donation at a level below, please donate online by going to, designate RESTRICTED LESS ENVIRONMENTAL, and put “Friends of LESS” in the comments section. You may also donate by downloading the Friends of LESS form here.

Donation Levels:

  • $25 (Single)
  • $40 (Family)
  • $75 (Contributing)
  • $150 (Patron)
  • Other___________

2022 Programs

Climate Change & Lake Erie:  A 4-Session Series Lakeside Chautauqua Lecture Series Program in Partnership with Lakeside Wooden Boat Society

June 15, 22, 29 & July 6 – 1:30-2:30pm + Q&A

Location:  Orchestra Hall – Lakeside Chautauqua

Save the dates and plan to attend one or all four sessions of this new lecture series developed by LESS and LWBS in partnership with Lakeside Chautauqua. This series will feature expert scientists and thought leaders and be presented both with in-person and virtual formats. Each session will include a 1-hour thought-provoking and informational lecture followed by Q&A.  Programs will be held in Orchestra Hall at Lakeside Chautauqua.  Specific information about speakers and each individual program will be released soon!  Questions? Contact the Lakeside Chautauqua programming department at


Frank Baker
Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society President