Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit association formed in 1966 to protect and operate the donation of the original Connell Park lands by Arthur and Isabel Watres. It is an association of members all of whom support Lacawac’s mission and contribute time, money, and energy in keeping Lacawac open, preserved, and functioning. Lacawac is governed by board of trustees comprised of community minded volunteers elected annually for 3 year terms.
Board of Trustees
If you are interested in volunteering through leadership opportunities by serving on the Board of Trustees or a board committee (Finance, Education, Research, Marketing/Fundraising, Preservation) please contact Craig Lukatch, President at email@example.com.
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Lacawac has identified four priority areas over the next three year:
Priority 1: Increase the capacity to house individuals visiting Lacawac.
The Lodge and Ice House are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Because of the sensitive nature of these landmarks, Lacawac would like to provide additional student housing for both short and long-term residents at Lacawac. To provide the additional housing, Lacawac will construct up to three modular housing units, each consisting of three bedrooms and one bathroom and one modular housing unit with a common area and kitchen.
Priority 2: Make upgrades to the current structure at the Environmental Education Center.
In 2008, Lacawac purchased the former home of its founder, intending to develop the building into a new environmental education center. There is also a need to have additional meeting space for groups visiting Lacawac, such as K-12 classes, conferences/workshops, and public programs. Lacawac will construct an additional building behind the existing environmental education center to meet this need.
Priority 3: Make upgrades to the internet infrastructure.
With more usage of Lacawac’s infrastructure by researchers, K-12 students, and the public, there is a growing need to have better internet capacity at all structures, including the lake.
Priority 4: Develop and evaluate a Volunteer Program to include application, screening, onboarding, and evaluation.
Over the last two decades, the number of Lacawac volunteers has declined. To complete special projects, maintain trails, and offer public programming at Lacawac, a strong core of volunteers is needed to help the Sanctuary carry out its mission.