Where Nature, History and Creativity Meet
Spring: May 7-May 20
Summer I: June 11 - June 24
Summer II: July 9 - July 22
Parent Residency I: August 6- August 12
Parent Residency II: August 13 - August 19
Fall I: October 1 - October 6
Fall II: October 22 - October 27
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.
* interaction with scientists conducting research at Lacawac.
Artists provide their own transportation and take care of their meals while at Lacawac. The lodge and guest house are well equipped with cookware and dishes and all necessary kitchen amenities. Both the lodge and guest house have wireless internet. Residents should bring a laptop if they so desire. A telephone is available in lodge and coulter visitor center. Residents should have a calling card or pre-paid phone card if they wish to place long-distance calls. Cell phone connection is generally available at Lacawac.
Information on restaurants, grocery stores and other conveniences will be provided when individuals are accepted for a residency. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. The staff of Lacawac Sanctuary will do everything in our power to make each residency at Lacawac inspired, productive, and rejuvenating.
A donation of $125 per week is asked to help support the day-to-day operations of Lacawac’s Historic Watres Lodge and facilities that make this residency possible. Scholarships are available upon request. Please contact the Residency Director for more information.
Application Process and Acceptance
There are no hard deadlines for the submission of applications. However it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted by February 15th for Spring Residency, May 1st for Summer Residencies (including Parent) and August 1st for Fall Residency.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling process. There is a $10 application fee (See link above).
All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial via mail or e-mail provide on the application. If accepted into the program, Lacawac will provide further details on lodging.
For more information or questions contact:
Heidi Van Leuven, Residency Director
History and Mission of the Sanctuary
Lacawac Sanctuary was originally developed as a summer retreat for William Connell, a three-term Congressman, industrialist, and coal magnate. In 1912, the retreat was purchased by Colonel Louis A. Watres, a prominent Scranton businessman, to acquire a parcel along the Wallenpaupack River. This was part of the area that was flooded in 1926 for Lake Wallenpaupack’s hydroelectric dam construction. The lake is the largest in Eastern Pennsylvania and a major economic driver in the region. Included in its boundaries, Lacawac Sanctuary owns 1 mile of shoreline on Lake Wallenpaupack, which is one of the only undeveloped stretches along the 52 mile perimeter.
Since its inception in 1966, the mission 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 public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania. For over 40 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-12 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, artists, and summer visitors to the region. By bringing scientists together with the general public, Lacawac provides an excellent opportunity for interaction among these user groups.
Lacawac affirms its commitment to acceptance, diversity and inclusion. We welcome all participants regardless of sexual orientation, color or creed. It is our deep commitment to promote the arts to through a greater equity, sustainability, and interconnectedness. Lacawac seeks to broaden accessibility to the residency experience. We strategically integrate artistic experimentation through collaborative scientific research and works that transcend the limits of traditional disciplines and create new approaches to address the major issues of our time. Our program helps establish a more equitable world by cultivating creativity, community and leadership.