Upcoming events

Lacawac Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and Woods Walk

Join us for our 1st annual Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and family Woods Walk on Sunday October 19th at 11 am.  Registration opens at 9 am.


More information found under our Events Page under Special Events.


For more information contact us at craig.lukatch@lacawac.org or call 570.689.9494




News updates


Dr. Lesley B. Knoll


New President and Executive Director Named

January 20, 2014

The Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Craig Lukatch as the new President/Executive Director of Lacawac Sanctuary effective Jan. 20.

Lukatch is a Hazleton native who has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising most recently working at the Greater Pittston YMCA and Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Forty Fort.  He is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a degree in Philosophy.

"I have two passions, fundraising and helping others," stated Lukatch. "Finding a position at a place where I can combine my love of the outdoors and conservation with a passion for fundraising is thrilling. I look forward to being a part of the Lacawac team."

Lukatch's appointment comes several months after Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Drexel University and Miami University in Ohio announced an agreement to form an environmental research and education consortium at Lacawac Sanctuary, a popular National Natural Landmark and ecological field research station in Wayne County.

The consortium will build on existing partnerships with leading universities and will focus on cutting-edge global climate-change and water-quality research.



Lacawac Welcomes New Science Director


      Michael Peterson, Executive Director of Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, announced today (January 2, 2012) that Lesley B. Knoll, PhD has been appointed to the position of Director of Research and Education at the Lake Ariel center and preserve.  Dr. Knoll, who assumed her responsibilities as of the end of January, previously resided in Oxford, Ohio..

      Lacawac is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations and in addition to its public environmental education programs and popular nature preserve has long been a center for scientific research and education in natural and environmental sciences.  In 2011, researchers and students from nearly twenty different universities and from as far away as Russia worked and studied at Lacawac.  Dr. Knoll will be involved with various research initiatives of her own as well as coordinating the research programs and educational field projects of various other scientists using the Lacawac facility.

      “This is a very exciting time for Lacawac with so many challenges to the environment right here in the northeast and especially the Pocono’s. We are pleased that someone of Dr. Knoll’s stature has chosen to come here to the Poconos and contribute to Lacawac’s position as a vital center of knowledge, education and research,” stated Steve Lawrence, Chairman of the Trustee Board.

     Dr. Knoll graduated from Miami University with a degree in Botany, did her MS at Michigan State University in Fisheries and Wildlife and earned her PhD at Miami University in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology.  She has taught at Miami University and received a fellowship from the EPA working on studies of precipitation patterns and carbon/nutrient input into watersheds and reservoirs. In addition she has contributed to work on major scientific papers targeting invasive aquatic species, harmful algal blooms, and on the effects of agriculture on lake water quality.

     In addition to facilitating the research and field work of visiting scientists and students from various institutions, Dr. Knoll will assist with coordinating data, facilitating research proposals and assisting local organizations in locating resources to address regional Pocono issues on a range of topics.  In addition, Lawrence indicated Dr. Knoll will play a major role in further integrating Lacawac with the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). These are key scientific groups studying and exchanging data worldwide on the effects of climate change on aquatic environments such as lakes and rivers.


 Lacawac Now A GLEON Global Study Site

    Lake Lacawac recently became a site member of the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON; http://gleon.org). GLEON is an international, grass-roots network of scientists, communities, and educators who use lake buoys equipped with advanced sensors to answer questions related to lakes, water quality, and climate change. There are currently more than 60 member lakes and 250 individual members involved in GLEON. Individual members represent 34 countries on six continents.
    Since 1992 Bruce Hargreaves from Lehigh University has maintained weather and lake monitoring stations at Lacawac. These data will be useful for GLEON scientists. We are also installing additional sensors to Lake Lacawac mid-summer of 2012. Many researchers including Dr. Craig Williamson (Miami University – Ohio), Dr. Bruce Hargreaves (Lehigh University), Jennie Brentrup (PhD student at Miami University), and myself will be deploying a state-of-the-art profiling buoy in Lake Lacawac. Data collected from the profiling buoy will also be available to GLEON scientists.
    In June, Lacawac will be hosting a workshop for a group of international and national researchers focused on using advanced aquatic sensors. The workshop will train students, faculty, and technicians on how to use these sensors and analyze high-frequency data. We hope to have many more events and research projects related to these cutting edge, advanced buoy systems.