The computer program LAKE simulates a shallow lake ecosystem. The program is based on a mathematical model. In the model the most important aspects of several models for water resources management are integrated (Collins and Wlosinski, 1988; Jørgensen, 1976; Jørgensen et al., 1978; Scheffer, 1988). Furthermore, the model describes several ecological processes that have not yet been described by lake-ecosystem models so far. In the computer program, the mathematical model and an advanced, object oriented, user interface are combined. Following this approach the use of the original research models was extended to a use for the purpose of teaching lake ecology. We suggest that the same approach may be followed to open research models to other groups concerned with water resources management, such as management authorities, industry, agricultural extension, nature conservation and recreation.