Lacawac’s Watershed Education and Awareness program operates in local schools and afterschool programs to teach natural resource sciences, ecosystem management, and watershed stewardship to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in Lackawanna County. Students gain valuable watershed knowledge through hands on and engaging environmental science lessons. The Watershed Program is aligned and compliments the various WATERSHEDS AND WETLANDS and HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology.
Craig Lukatch, President noted that “The future well-being of our local watersheds will soon rest in the hands of its youngest citizens. Establishing strong, targeted environmental education programs now provides a vital foundation for these future watershed stewards.” Lukatch described Lacawac’s Watershed Education and Awareness Program goals which are to “Enable students in Lackawanna County to graduate with the knowledge and skills to act responsibly to protect and restore their local watersheds including the Lackawanna River and increase community awareness of watershed issues, preserve local water resources, and gradually change student behaviors to reduce the amount of pollutants from stormwater runoff.”
From March 2016, 1500 Lackawanna County students participated in the program.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a nonprofit association founded in 1966 for the purpose of protecting a gift of the original Connell Park lands by Arthur and Isabel Watres and facilitating environmental education and research. Located on Lake Wallenpaupack, the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation plays an important role in the preservation of Lake Lacawac which is one of the southernmost glacial lakes in the hemisphere and has been preserved in pristine condition free from development and encroachment. For more information visit www.lacawac.org.
The Scranton Area Foundation is a tax-exempt public, community charity created by and for the people of Scranton and Lackawanna County. Established in 1988 when it qualified as a fully tax exempt charitable organization under Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation had been formed in 1954, and operated as a private foundation in the early years.
Our purpose is to meet a wide variety of educational, cultural, human service and other charitable needs throughout Lackawanna County. We carry out this purpose through the distribution of income from endowment funds established by donors.
Over the years, grants of more than $16 million have been made to assist the educational, human service, environmental, civic, and arts & cultural organizations in our area. As the Foundation’s endowment continues to grow, there will be increased opportunity for positive impact on community issues through grant making. More information on the Foundation can be obtained at: www.safdn.org/