Lacawac is currently seeking funding from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and private foundations and donors to develop an environmental science education center where children and educators can come together to understand, appreciate and protect our natural resources. Lacawac’s future Environmental Science Education Center will also be a gathering place in a stunning setting for the entire community.
For more than 50 years Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center has inspired a love for nature and ecology among families, researchers, and students throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Nearly a half century of footprints on the trails and the natural evolution of our diverse ecosystems have created a critical need to revitalize and expand the aging facilities and to preserve our forests, wetlands and other natural areas for future generations.
Lacawac is currently the only environmental education center focusing on PreK-12 students and schools in Wayne County. The majority of children Lacawac serves come from schools where over 50-75% qualify for a free or reduced lunch program. The opportunities provided by Lacawac are likely to be the only affordable opportunities for experiential, environmental education for the vast majority.
Lacawac has begun a major fundraising campaign to transform its field station into a hub for research and environmental education in Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. This initiative will expand opportunities for students, researchers, and the public within 550 acres; enhance hands-on learning for youth and adults; and increase awareness of one’s place in nature.
Generous community support will help us develop our new Environmental Science Education Center, which will increase our capacity to serve more students, allow us to provide environmental science programs year round both indoors and outdoors, and offer a venue where everyone can reconnect to nature and world around us.
Lacawac’s Board of Trustees has agreed to purchase the residence of Lacawac’s founder, Arthur Watres, situated on less than one acre within the heart of the Sanctuary. The new center will include a teaching classroom, multipurpose spaces and environmental education instruction areas. The Center will located next to Heron Pond and in walking distance to Lake Lacawac and 500 acres of forested trails.
As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), Lacawac is funded solely by its members, benefactors and program participants. These fund only the day-to-day operational expenses of Lacawac. To further our mission to provide environmental education, train the next generation of scientists and earth stewards, conserve our natural resources and preserve our history, Lacawac has launched its first ever capital campaign and has set a goal of $1.7 million to establish a new research laboratory, environmental STEM education center, upgrade educational programming and improve accessibility to the property and facilities. We are inviting and encouraging our friends, supporters and everyone who cares about our work to participate in this campaign to prepare for the next 50 years.
This year marks the beginning of the public phase of the Campaign with a goal of raising $877,588. Currently Lacawac has raised $542,788 and are in the final phases of our campaign.
Lacawac invites the public to join us and help us secure the needed funding for the project by making a pledge or gift to our campaign.
A generous benefactor and friend of Lacawac have offered a limited-time Matching Challenge gift. If friends and members of Lacwac can raise $25,000 between now and July 1st – the benefactor will match our fundraising efforts in full.
The Matching Gift Challenge is a 1:1 campaign that would provide Lacawac with $50,000 towards the purchase of the Watres Property valued at $220,000 Lacawac’s growth and transformation for half a century is in large part due to the generous support of our loyal, faithful supporters. With your help, we continue to accomplish our mission.
Lacawac is accepting monetary contributions and pledges of any amount. The matching pledge offer will expire on June 30, 2017. For more information, to make a pledge or a gift visit www.lacawac.org/matching-gift-challenge.html.