Lacawac Sanctuary’s mission is Research, Education and Preservation.
Located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania and founded in 1966, the aspirations of Lacawac Sanctuary has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide PreK-12 and collegiate education on environmental and conservation issues; educate all ages and promote healthy living patterns and wellbeing through nature.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature center, environmental education center and biological field station located on 550 acres just on the Shore of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Northern Poconos. With its mission of Research Education and Preservation, Lacawac maintains its property as a nature preserve, field station and environmental education center to provide research opportunities for colleges and universities, educational programs for PreK-12 students and seasonal recreational and wellness programs for community members of all ages.
Visitors to Lacawac are sure to enjoy over 8 miles of hiking trails. Lacawac's facilities include an a visitor center, program space, laboratories, and overnight accommodations.
The most notable feature of Lacawac Sanctuary is Lake Lacawac - a 52 acre glacial lake preserved in almost pristine condition (totally free from development or encroachment). The Lake was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1966.
Lacawac features a natural boreal bog, the Wallenpaupack Ledges Natural Area, Partner Ridge, a native plants garden, demonstration forest/deer exclosure plots, and six public hiking trails.
At the heart of the Sanctuary is the National Historic Registered “Adirondack Great Camp” complex constructed in 1903 as summer residence and hunting lodge.
From Interstate 81 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton):
Take 81 North and follow signs for Interstate 84 East/380. Stay on Interstate 84. See below for further directions.
From Interstate 84:
Take the Lake Wallenpaupack/Greentown Exit (20) and follow Route 507 north for half a mile. Turn left onto Ledgedale Road. Follow to stop sign, then turn right (toward Hawley). Go one mile and turn right onto St Mary Church Road. Go 0.2 miles and turn right onto Lacawac Road. After about half a mile turn right at the Lacawac Sanctuary / Sanctuary Road sign onto a dirt road. Follow this to the main entrance marked by a stone gate.
From Hawley or Honesdale:
Take Route 6 to Route 590 west. Travel on 590 for 8.1 miles and turn left at Pranzo's Auto Service onto Everly Road. Go 3.2 miles, passing St Mary's Church. Turn left onto Lacawac Road, go 0.6 mile, left at the Lacawac Sanctuary / Sanctuary Road sign onto a dirt road. Follow this to the main entrance marked by a stone gate.
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