Lacawac Sanctuary received $198,400 will be used for renovations and upgrades at the Watres Environmental Education Center. Restroom and garage renovations; construction of a classroom; installation of a solar panel system and utilities; ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements will be completed with the funds.
Lacawac Sanctuary President Craig Lukatch said the organization “is extremely honored to have received a DCNR C2P2 grant to support the addition and renovation of our new environmental education center. This funding will help us educate more students by providing them classroom space to explore nature and STEM (science technology engineering math) education opportunities. The new center will be the heart of environmental education for both students and the public at Lacawac.”
Both Baker and Peifer lauded the funding and the benefits to community members and visitors.
“As our municipal parks expand and add recreational activities, they become even more popular with residents. They are safe and relaxing centers for people young and old,” Baker said. “We are becoming more aware of their environmental significance, in terms of green space provided and the capacity for helping absorb storm water. The communities receiving state funding deserve credit for good planning and generating local support.”
Peifer noted that “these grants give our townships the opportunity to enhance our community’s recreational opportunities as well as provide an area for residents and tourists to engage in educational activities.”
Recently Lacawac also received a grant from the William E. Chatlos Foundation who made a contribution in the amount of $118,525 to be used for programming and the renovations and construction of the environmental education center. This partnership will have Lacawac make its dreams of building a new environmental education center come to fruition.