Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center

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Founded 1966
Lake Ariel, United States


Nestled on five hundred fifty acres near the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Northern Poconos, Lacawac Sanctuary is a mix between an environmental education center, nature center, and biological field station.Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a rich outdoor education and exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, open fields, forests, and lakes. To fulfill our mission of Research, Education and Preservation, Lacawac offers environmental education and public programs to the community, educating environmental stewards by communicating the core values of environmental responsibility, citizenship, inclusiveness, and the pursuit of knowledge. Lacawac works with a consortium of colleges and universities to provide research partnerships and a pristine location for undergraduate research. Lacawac also provides 8 miles of hiking trails open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk year-round.

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Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station is a nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located near Lake Ariel Town in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Sanctuary’s property covers 545 acres, includes a pristine glacial lake, Lake Lacawac and its watershed; two ponds, arboreal bogs, forests with hiking trails, and a Camp Lodge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each year professional or aspiring artists are selected to spend two weeks (one week for Parent Residency) at Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station. During the residencies, artists are free to produce their artwork using the inspiration of the beauty that is Lacawac. Housing and limited studio space is provided. Artists are provided: * a comfortable, rustic room in the Historic Watres Lodge or the Ice House * access 545-acres which includes a glacial lake, 2 ponds, shore access to Lake Wallenpaupack, ledges natural area, and forests.

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