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Lacawac Sanctuary & Environmental Education Center

Reconnect to Nature


Have a look at the most pristine lake in the Northern Hemisphere.

Since 1966, this Wayne County landmark has served to highlight the tireless efforts of generations of nature lovers. In 1968, just two years after its founding, the Sanctuary was granted status as a National Natural Landmark. To this day, Lacawac Sanctuary serves as a beautiful and important ecological reminder of all that can go right when we care enough to fight for the environment.



The sanctuary takes up roughly 550 densely wooded acres just off the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. It features 8 miles of hiking trails that weave through the diverse Pocono landscape. Stop along the roughly 13,000-year-old Lake Lacawac. This fiercely protected, 52-acre glacial lake supports an incredibly healthy ecosystem for fish, amphibians, forest-dwelling mammals, plenty of bugs and so much more. You can get up close and personal with these critters at one of the many nature-based education programs. You can also explore wetlands, forests, and wide-open fields.



Lacawac Sanctuary also serves as an environmental education center and a biological field station. The pristine lake and the surrounding watershed are closely monitored for ecological changes. The Sanctuary also hosts public programs designed to engage and inspire future scientists and stewards of the environment. They also provide research partnerships to several colleges for undergraduate research.



Along with the stunning natural landscape, Lacawac Sanctuary is also home to several man-made marvels. The stunning Ice House Cottage and Watres Lodge have stood on this land for well over a century. Both incredible buildings have been faithfully restored, and are available for rent. You’ll also come across a native plant garden, an amphitheater, a convenient boardwalk, a pavilion and a visitor’s center.

We were recently invited to Lacawac Sanctuary for a beautiful, peaceful hike. And, of course, we couldn’t leave our cameras behind. Check it out.


Courtney Snyder

About the Photographer

Courtney Snyder

Originally from Williamsport, Courtney is a 2019 Marywood grad. She enjoys discovering the often-overlooked beauty of NEPA, making clean Jeeps dirty, and cuddling with her chunky cat, Marley.

Brian Johnson

About the Videographer

Brian Johnson

Originally from “up da Eynon,” Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young boys. Rarely will he pass on a good pickup game of basketball, or a cold beer and a futbol match. When not behind the camera, you’ll find Brian proclaiming his love for NEPA from pizza shops to mountain tops and beyond.

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