Lacawac’s YES (Youth Engaging Science) Program provides opportunities for students to participate in hands-on STEM programs both in and out of school including: biology, environmental science, biochemistry, conservation, and forestry.
The main educational goals of the YES Program are to allow students to explore collegiate pathways and careers in STEM including ecology and environmental fields by giving them hands-on experiences and support opportunities for participating in STEM projects and experiences.
Today, many schools have limited training and resources to fully develop and explore local water-related and forestry/land issues. Lacawac’s STEM education programs are designed to fill this void by providing students, and their teachers, with a critical understanding of local water and forestry/land issues and related environmental and ecological concerns.
Lacawac’s STEM and environmental education programs provide children with a basic knowledge of the water cycle, watershed management, water chemistry, aquatic life, pollution biology, forest growth and regeneration, native plant life, forest life and environmental science that should be part of every student’s experience so that they become informed voters, community leaders and policy makers.
Craig Lukatch, Lacawac Sanctuary’s president stated, “We are grateful to PPL for their financial assistance. Our programs help children in our community so the local funds support our local residents. Lacawac’s goal is to educate people of all ages about northeast Pennsylvania’s unique and diverse habitats and natural resources keeping true to our mission of education, research and preservation,”
Jamie Reeger, Lacawac’s Environmental Education Manager noted that “Our hands-on academic enrichment programs directly complement what students are learning in school, and address the Pennsylvania State Education Standards for Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology.”
The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.
“Each day throughout the areas we serve, everyday heroes at nonprofit organizations roll up their sleeves and go to work to lift up our communities,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “They don’t seek the limelight. They are simply about helping others and making the world a better place. We share their values, and the PPL Foundation is proud to support the tremendous work they do.”
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 scientific 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.
Photo: Jamie Reeger, Lacawac Environmental Education Manger, and Alana Roberts, Regional Affairs Director, PPL