Conservation camp scholarships announced for 2024

Lake Ariel. This is for a is a weeklong residential camp for middle and high school students ages 13-17.

| 03 Apr 2024 | 02:07

Lacawac Sanctuary is accepting registrations for its annual conservation residential camp, Conservation Leadership Academy, a weeklong residential camp for middle and high school students ages 13-17. Participants are immersed in conservation activities at the Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station (94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel).

According to the organizers, students will experience hands-on science programs alongside local conservation professionals and resident university researchers. Additional activities include kayaking the upper Delaware River, assisting with bird banding, collecting water samples on Lake Wallenpaupack, analyzing samples in the lab, environmental research, conservation activities, leadership activities, campfires, and more. The camp is slated to run from July 28 through August 2.

Green Mountain Energy is providing four full scholarships for youth who want to learn more about renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation, and environmental stewardship.

“Lacawac’s CLA summer program is a life changing week for those participating,” stated Craig Lukatch, president of Lacawac Sanctuary. “The support from Green Mountain Energy will help us shape the next generation of environmental stewards by providing the funds necessary to help local students who really desire to attend this leadership program.”

This support is a continuation of a partnership sparked by Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, the charitable giving program of Green Mountain Energy. The program has donated $14 million to 164 nonprofits across Texas and the Northeast to support projects focused on sustainability for the last two decades. Lacawac Sanctuary received a $43,000 grant from Sun Club last summer for an 8.28 kW solar array on their Education Center to offset 100% of the building’s energy needs.

“At Green Mountain Energy, we believe that sustainability should be accessible to all and these scholarships will make that a reality for four deserving students,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain Energy. “We are honored to continue our collaboration with Lacawac Sanctuary to inspire young people to integrate environmentally conscious, accessible, and practical elements into their everyday lives.”

To learn more about Lacawac Sanctuary and Conservation Leader Academy camp, visit