Lacawac Sanctuary awarded conservation grant

The state's $111,450 award will build a new STEAM center


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  • Rendering of Lacawac’s New Environmental STEAM Education Center (Image provided)




  • Cross-section rendering of Lacawac’s New Environmental STEAM Education Center (Image provided)



— Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel is one of 266 sites in Pennsylvania to receive a boost from the state's Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

The sanctuary will receive $111,450 to buy 0.8 acres of land and develop a new Environmental STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education Center.

Governor Tom Wolf recently announced an investment of $44 million for projects across the state that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities.

“Communities go from good to great when they provide residents and visitors with parks and trails, access to waterways, and opportunities for healthy outdoor activity,” Wolf said. “This $44 million in grants will support communities throughout Pennsylvania working to protect and improve natural amenities for our citizens.”

The grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Additional investments include:

49 trail projects

Protecting nearly 8,000 acres of open space

Nine projects for planting riparian buffers along streams

14 projects for rivers conservation

More than 100 projects to develop or rehabilitate recreation, park and conservation areas and facilities

A complete list is available at cnr.pa.gov under Hot Topics.

Lacawac Sanctuary is a nonprofit association founded in 1966 for the purpose of protecting a gift of the original Connell Park lands by Arthur and Isabel Watres and facilitating environmental education and research. Located on Lake Wallenpaupack, the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation plays an important role in the preservation of Lake Lacawac which is one of the southernmost glacial lakes in the hemisphere and has been preserved in pristine condition free from development and encroachment.

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