Lake Lacawac is a glacial lake fed primarily by seepage from the watershed. The watershed of Lake Lacawac is completely forested and protected from human influence. The western shore of the lake is bordered by a bog. The shoreline has many species of emergent and floating aquatic plants which change in composition and abundance through the year. These plants provide shelter and food for many like organisms, including juvenile fish.
Our mission is to preserve the natural beauty of Lake Lacawac, its watershed and surrounding lands, to conduct long-term research on natural systems as part of a global effort to understand and protect the Earth’s biodiversity, and to increase appreciation of this effort through innovative, field-based educational programs for students, teachers, and the community. Nestled on five hundred fifty acres near the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Northern Poconos in Pennsylvania, Lacawac Sanctuary is a mix between an environmental education center, nature center, and biological field station. To fulfill our mission of Research, Education and Preservation, Lacawac offers environmental education and public programs to the community, educating environmental stewards by communicating the core values of environmental responsibility, citizenship, inclusiveness, and the pursuit of knowledge.