Lacawac Sanctuary and Nature Center - Lake Ariel, PA
Founded in 1966 to preserve watershed, provide environmental education, and to maintain a venue for ecological research, the Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature preserve and education facility located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Most notably, the Lake Lacawac - a 52 acre glacial lake preserved in almost pristine condition is a featured attraction of the sanctuary. The Lake was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1966.
Lacawac includes a natural boreal bog, the Wallenpaupack Ledges Natural Area, Partner Ridge, a native plants garden, demonstration forest/deer exclosure plots, and six public hiking trails.
At the heart of the Sanctuary is the National Historic Registered “Adirondack Great Camp” complex constructed in 1903 as summer residence and hunting lodge.
Some of Lacawac's trails are available for those with accessibility issues.
Pet Friendly Notes
One of the best ways to learn about Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station is through first-hand experience -- The public is always welcome!
Only at Lacawac Sanctuary can you take a walk, hike with your dog, or enjoy a free nature-based educational program. Whether you want to study wildlife on our beautiful property or take a backpack and head off on an excursion, Lacawac offers a single starting point with a lot of great endings — and smiles all around!
The mission of Lacawac Sanctuary is to educate the public about humankind’s influence on natural ecosystems and the inter-relationships with the environment. It does so by offering programs year-round to the general public, teachers and students, and youth and civic groups.
Scheduled programs for individuals, families and groups focus on natural resources and feature activities from bird watching to identifying spring wildflowers and tracking resident and migrant wildlife. For upcoming programs and events at Lacawac, visit our Event Calender.
Should you decide to visit, we suggest you make your first stop at the Coulter Visitor Center (when open) and the kiosk near the visitor parking area. The kiosk has a map of Lacawac, including marked trails, and provides a short history of the site.
Open year-round. Be aware that during winter months, Lacawac may not be accessible and roads and trails may be icy.
Recommended donation $10